PBUS initiated the Certified Bail Agent™ (CBA™) program in 1987, the first and the only national certification program especially designed for bail agents. PBUS members in good standing can earn the CBA certification after successfully completing the required CBA classes; all classes are taken on-line. All course test exams must be taken at either the winter conference or mid-year meeting. All fees must be paid and verified before a student will be allowed to take an exam. Applicants for the CBA certification must be a licensed bail agent in good standing for not less than five years and be a member in good standing of PBUS for at least the last two years. Applicants must complete all of the courses within a continuous two-year period and have attended at least two PBUS national conferences. Applicants must attend an a MCBA orientation session at either the winter conference or mid-year meeting to review the guidelines towards receiving the MCBA™ designation. Certified Bail Agents can retain their CBA designation by satisfying the bi-annual Continuing Education (CBA-CE) requirement. Continuing education sessions are offered at the winter conference and mid-year meeting. You must remain a PBUS member in good standing to retain the CBA designation. Since 1987, PBUS has provided hundreds of agents throughout the country with this education and the interest continues to grow each year.
CBA I: History & Responsibilities
This course discusses the history of bail, the history of PBUS and presents an overview of the CBA program.
CBA II: Your Professional Image
This course discusses professionalism, appearance, demeanor, attitude, public relations and the PBUS Code of Ethics.
CBA III: Daily Business Practices
This course discusses bail underwriting and risk selection, forms and record keeping, supervision techniques and controlling your defendants.
CBA IV: Reducing Losses
This course discusses strategies of skip-tracing using modern technologies, the use of recovery agents, recovery of loss claims and review of court motions and proceedures.
CBA V: Legislative: Creating Your Future and the Importance of Associations
This course discusses state and federal legislative issues regarding the bail industry and how bail agents can promote the industry legislatively, as well as the importance of being involved in local, state and national bail organizations.
CBA VI: National Apprehension & Liability Standards
Discusses all aspects of controlling and limiting liability for the bail agent and the bail agency.
Continuing education (CE) offerings are available at both the winter conference and mid-year meeting; a designated class or program will be indicated at each venue for this credit. CE classes are $100 per person per class and requires a completed and signed student verification form for credit.
Master Certified Bail Agent™ (MCBA™) Program
Applicants for the MCBA designation must have an active CBA designation, be a licensed bail agent in good standing for not less than ten years and be a member in good standing of PBUS. Applicants must also have attended at least two PBUS national conferences, and should meet additional requirements as set forth by PBUS for this certification. Applicants must attend an a MCBA orientation session at either the winter conference or mid-year meeting to review the guidelines towards receiving the MCBA™ designation.