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Surety Professionals


SFAA and SIO distribute information about the benefits of contract surety bonds in public and private construction. SFAA and SIO offer informational brochures, speeches and presentations, and articles to help surety professionals educate all parties involved in the construction process.

For materials to use when presenting to the following audiences, use these links:

The materials below are recommended for Surety Professionals

ABC Construction Executive Surety Sections

Construction Executive is the magazine for the business of construction. It reaches more than 53,000 contractors and construction-related business owners.



Engineering News Record (ENR) Surety Sections

Engineering News-Record provides the engineering and construction news, analysis, commentary and data that construction industry professionals need to do their jobs more effectively. 

LSA Officers Directory

Local Surety Associations (LSAs) are not affiliated with SFAA, but SFAA partners and coordinates with LSAs on many surety and fidelity issues.  Find LSA Officer contacts in your area through the Surety Information Office (SIO).

LSA Officer Update Form 


Awards for Excellence in Surety Bond Promotion

There are probably two main reasons surety professionals promote contract surety bonds in construction, and neither is driven by accolades and awards.

One is to develop new business. Visiting with conference attendees, meeting with construction contractors, and answering questions from private owners, developers, public owners, and construction lenders are great ways to interact with potential new clients.

Another is to give back to the industry and the community in return for all that each has given you. By promoting the value and benefits of surety bonds, you help establish positive awareness of the surety product.

We know you are not promoting surety to win awards. But we want to recognize your efforts anyway. It is our way of saying “thank you” for taking the time. For taking the next step. For going above and beyond. For making a difference.


Electronic Filing Resources

The objective of surety automation is to employ technology to streamline processes, reduce redundancies and increase productivity in the surety bond process, which spans the application for the bond, the execution and submission of the bond and the processing of premium. The objectives of surety automation are realized fully when methodologies involving transmission, security, verification and data integration encourage the broadest participation by surety companies, surety bond producers, contractors, project owners, risk managers and other parties in the bond process. Any methodology should seek to maximize interoperability among disparate systems. Broad participation in surety automation is the vision. Interoperability through open standards and systems is the way to that vision.


Obtaining Continuing Education Credits

Where can I find information on surety/insurance seminars, classes, and continuing education courses?


Training New Surety Professional

Get information on the basics of surety bonds, obtaining a surety bond, qualifying a surety company, comparison of other risk management products, claims process, protecting taxpayers dollars, contractor failure and managing risk.

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