New Staff and Faculty Onboarding Information

Information and resources for new staff and faculty of PNWU.

Orientation to a new job, family, friends, and environment can be daunting. There are many people at PNWU willing and able to help you so don’t hesitate to ask. Prior to your first day, please read the information below and complete the required forms. Watch for important emails from PNWU HR, CERTIPHI, Paylocity, and possibly Talentwise.

Background Check and Drug Screen

Background checks are conducted at no charge to you and must be completed (3) days prior to the start date. You will receive an email from CERTIPHI who conducts the background checks for PNWU. Please respond and follow the instructions in the email.

Urine Drug Screen – for those hired in the Yakima campus area

Satisfactory completion of a urine drug screen is required for all employees. HR will give you 3 days’ notice to report for a urine drug screen to be completed at Central Washington Occupational Medicine, 111 S. 11th Avenue, Suite 320, Yakima, WA, 98902. They are open Monday—Friday, 7:30 - 5:00. Please allow 15-30 minutes to complete the process and no appointment is necessary.

Urine Drug Screen – for those hired outside of the Yakima campus area

You will receive an email from Talentwise with testing instructions. Please follow these instructions promptly or the test will expire.

Enrollment Paperwork

You will receive an email from Paylocity that will instruct you how to begin the onboarding process. Please respond promptly and follow the steps to ensure you are ready to start on your designated date and time.


Pay dates are every other Friday and it's based on ten work days. There is a pay period time lag on all paychecks. For example, work on 9/29/19 – 10/12/19  is paid on 10/29/19 . The pay period calendar can be found here Pay Period Calendar.

Once you are fully onboarded and hired in the system you will receive a notification email. Using our self-service system, you'll be able to pick up your pay stubs and W2, request time off, submit a timesheet (for hourly employees) and update your demographic information. 

Name Badge

After completing the required forms above, security will issue a temporary badge for your use. You will be instructed to have a professional photo taken and they will provide the photo to PNWU security within four days of the photo session. Your badge will be completed at this time.

Our Culture

You could probably sense that PNWU has a unique culture. Check out our YouTube channel for a host of videos showing you who we are and what we do.