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Understanding Surety Bond Basics
The Burnham System
AFSB 151
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The Burnham System is written and frequently revised by

Ray Burnham, CPCU, CLU, ARM, AIC, AINS, AIS, API, SPPA, AIM, AIC-M, ARM-E, AU, AU-M, ALCM, AAI, AAI-M, APA, ARP, AIAF, AMIM, AAM, AIT, ARe, AFSB, ASLI, AIDA, ARC, ARM-P, REBC, RHU, ASF, LIA, CASL, and ChFC;

Jean O’Reilly, PhD, CPCU, ARM, AINS, AIS, API, AIC, SPPA, AIM, AIC-M. ARM-E, AU, AU-M, AAI, AAI-M, APA, AMIM, AIT, ARe, AFSB, ASLI, AIDA, ARC, ARM-P, and AIAF; and

Lisa Tobey, JD, CPCU, CLU, ARM, AINS, AIS, API, SPPA, AIM, AIC-M, ARM-E, AU, AU-M, AAI, AAI-M, APA, AIAF, AMIM, AIT, ARe, AFSB, ASLI, AIDA, ARC, ARM-P, ACS, RWCS, RHU, REBC, CASL, AIC, EA, and ChFC.

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AFSB 151
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Understanding Surety Bond Basics Study Guide

The Burnham System is the gold standard for AFSB 151 study guide materials. Using our guide you will learn everything needed to pass the AFSB 151 Exam in the shortest time possible. Simply, you will learn more faster.


Included for FREE with your purchase of this Digital (PDF) Study Guide:

  • AFSB 151 Audio Study Guide Narrations, in MP3 file format, expertly narrated by Lisa Tobey
  • Ethics 311 in both PDF and audio formats
  • Ray's definitions for each assignment's key words and other new terms
  • A sample diagnostic exam with answers and explanations


Study guide last updated: December 15, 2021


Current Text Edition: 1st

Current Course Guide Edition: 1st


Ray's estimate of course difficulty (1, easiest and 10, hardest): 7


Number of study guide pages: 29


Covered within this study guide:

  • Basics of Suretyship
  • Bond Production
  • Underwriting Commercial Surety Bonds and Fidelity Bonds
  • Underwriting Contract Bonds
  • Investigating Credit Risk
  • Reinsurance
  • Handling Surety Bond Claims

As a good study guideline, figure anything in those 29 pages might be on your exam and that there will be nothing on your exam that is not covered in those 29 pages.


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The Burnham System is written and frequently revised by

Ray Burnham, CPCU, CLU, ARM, AIC, AINS, AIS, API, SPPA, AIM, AIC-M, ARM-E, AU, AU-M, ALCM, AAI, AAI-M, APA, ARP, AIAF, AMIM, AAM, AIT, ARe, AFSB, ASLI, AIDA, ARC, ARM-P, REBC, RHU, ASF, LIA, CASL, and ChFC;

Jean O’Reilly, PhD, CPCU, ARM, AINS, AIS, API, AIC, SPPA, AIM, AIC-M. ARM-E, AU, AU-M, AAI, AAI-M, APA, AMIM, AIT, ARe, AFSB, ASLI, AIDA, ARC, ARM-P, and AIAF; and

Lisa Tobey, JD, CPCU, CLU, ARM, AINS, AIS, API, SPPA, AIM, AIC-M, ARM-E, AU, AU-M, AAI, AAI-M, APA, AIAF, AMIM, AIT, ARe, AFSB, ASLI, AIDA, ARC, ARM-P, ACS, RWCS, RHU, REBC, CASL, AIC, EA, and ChFC.