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Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding (AFSB®)

Demonstrate your proficiency in fidelity and surety bonding with the AFSB designation program.

What an AFSB can do for you

The AFSB designation serves as a concrete measure of my competency and knowledge of the surety industry. I am honored to have achieved this designation that was developed by our industry’s most experienced professionals, and I know that the knowledge I have obtained throughout the designation process will serve me well in the surety business.

Caroline Murphree Roberson CPA, AFSB Underwriting Operation Analyst at Lexon Surety Group

87% of Institutes designation completers recommend The Institutes’ courses.

89% of those surveyed said that an Institutes designation was a good addition to their resume

83% of Institutes designees feel earning a designation prepared them for their current job responsibilities.

AFSB at a Glance


Virtual Exams 15-18 Months

The first step towards earning your AFSB designation is to complete and pass the exam for these core courses.

  • AFSB 151: Understanding Surety Bond Basics
  • AFSB 152: Analyzing Contract Surety Bonding
  • AFSB 153: Mastering Commercial Surety Bonding and Crime Insurance
  • CPCU 530: Navigating the Legal Landscape of Insurance
  • CPCU 540: Impacting the Bottom Line of Insurance Financials

Complete the following course offered at no-cost, to acquire the decision-making tools to maintain ethical standards and preserve the public’s trust.

  • 311: Ethical Decision Making in Risk and Insurance

If you plan to pursue CPCU, complete Ethical Guidelines for CPCUs.

AFSB Designation

Total Requirements: 6 Average Course: 6-8 Weeks Program Completion: 15-18 Months

Still Wondering if AFSB is Right for You?

Here are some final facts to help you decide if this is the right designation for your role as well as your future career goals.

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My Courses

When you're working toward your educational goals, it's important to stay focused and create a schedule that works for you.

That’s why you can quickly and easily access your online courses online, anytime, so you can get what you need to develop the skills your role requires.

Within your online course you will have access to:

  • Course assignments
  • Glossary of key terms
  • Practice exams and more
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Is a Designation Worth It?

If you have questions about whether to pursue a designation versus an MBA, why our students choose our programs, or where to begin, we’ve got the answers! Download our guide, “Take Your Career to the Next Level,” to learn why a designation is worth the investment. 

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