Below are NASBP and other organization's guides and publications that can assist bond producers, surety underwriters, and contractors with issues they face daily.

  • Flyer promoting the Contractor Bonding Education and Mentoring Program - The NASBP and SFAA created this free program to help new and emerging construction businesses, particularly minority-owned and other under-represented businesses, learn how to qualify for surety bonds. This program can help contractors determine if construction surety bonds are for them, and if so, how to prepare their company to qualify. If they have already qualified for surety bonds, it can also provide valuable information on how to establish or grow their surety bond program and in turn, grow their business.

  • The Wrong Kind of Impact: When Buyouts Bust Bondability by Stephen Ducharme of Old Republic Surety, article published in the November/December 2023 NASBP Pipeline. This article discusses how selling a construction business can affect the company's bond program.

  • What Are Surety Bonds? - This document describes how surety bonds on construction contracts provide critical prequalification of a bonded contractor and financial protection for the owner and certain subcontractors and suppliers. Architects who are knowledgeable about bonds are well positioned to advise owners about these premier project risk management tools.

  • What Are Sureties? - This document explains that most surety bonds are written by subsidiaries or divisions of insurance companies, which are regulated by state departments of insurance. Surety companies are authorized and qualified to do business by the state insurance commissioner where they are domiciled and in the jurisdiction where the bond is issued.
  • Who Are Surety Bond Producers? - This document describes how surety bond producers, who are regulated by state departments of insurance, are business professionals who specialize in providing surety bonds to contractors and subcontractors. The bond producer helps position the contractor to qualify for surety credit and plays “matchmaker” between the contractor and the surety company.

  • 9 Things Savvy Owners Should Know About Bonding- Nine concise reasons why surety bonds provide owners peace of mind.

  • Answers to 30 Questions Architects Ask About Contract Surety Bonding - This document explains how an architect who understands the benefits of bonding construction contracts is better prepared to advise owners how surety bonds help ensure successful contract performance and build strong reputations. These 30 Q&As explain the benefits of bonds and how they play an essential role in the construction risk management process.