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Associateship in Canadian Surety Bonding

Surety bonds and the suretyship process

Bonding for risk management

Admission Requirements



The Associateship in Canadian Surety Bonding Certificate is an open enrolment program. Potential learners are not required to apply to the program for admission; however, in order to comply with the Certificates and Diploma admission policy from Undergraduate Council, students who wish to enter the program must: 

  • Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or equivalent;
  • Be a mature student as defined in the Undergraduate Calendar of McMaster University; or
  • Be deemed an exceptional case by the Centre for Continuing Education.

It is important to note that, in addition to registering with McMaster University, participants must submit an A.C.S.B. application form to the Surety Association of Canada (SAC). The application form can be found on the SAC website.

In order to ensure that students have the basic capabilities necessary to be successful in the program’s academic courses, learners are required to have the following pre-requisite knowledge and/or skills:

  • Knowledge and skills with general computer applications, such as keyboarding, file management, spreadsheets and word processing;
  • Familiarity with internet browsers and web surfing;
  • English Language Proficiency requirements: Completion of TOEFL exam with minimum acceptable score of IBT: 86 overall with a minimum score of 20 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening), valid for 2 years.​