Bail bondsman seminars are held across the country, allowing individuals to become a certified bondsman.
Bail bondsman seminars are held across the country, allowing individuals to become a certified bondsman.

A bail bondsman provides bail money for accused individuals so that they can be released from jail while awaiting trial. This process guarantees that the individual will appear in court. Bail bondsmen, also known as bail enforcement agents, are required to be licensed by the state in which they operate. Most states require completion of pre-license coursework, and while there is no formal education to become a bail bondsman, many classes are offered across the country.

The Bail Enforcement Academy

Established in 1997, The Bail Enforcement Academy offers bail bondsman training several times each year in California, Colorado, Washington and Nevada. Classes are taught by licensed private investigators and bail enforcement agents in a classroom setting. Students receive hands-on instruction and receive licensing certification in their home state upon graduation.

American Institute of Bail Bonding and Bail Enforcement

Based out of Denver, Colorado, the American Institute of Bail Bonding and Bail Enforcement offers courses to individuals interested in becoming a bail bondsman in conjunction with the Police Officers Standard and Training Board. The school was established in 1998. Courses are taught by former law enforcement agents and active bail enforcement agents. Students may enroll in courses at the Denver, Colorado, classroom or take a home study course. Upon graduation, students receive certification to become a bail enforcement agent in Colorado.

The New England Institute of Bail Enforcement

The New England Institute of Bail Enforcement, based out of Manchester, New Hampshire, offers seminars throughout the United States. Courses are taught by former bail enforcement agents in two sections: one twelve-hour seminar and one ten-hour seminar. Upon graduation, students receive a certification diploma, training manual and qualification for membership in Coalition of Bail Recovery Agents (COBRA), a professional association of bail enforcement agents. Instructors also offer private training classes to groups of at least 10 students.

National Institute of Bail Enforcement

Headquartered northwest of Chicago in Spring Grove, Illinois, the National Institute of Bail Enforcement offers weekend-long seminars almost every month across the United States. Instructors include an active professional recovery agent and a former private investigator/bail enforcement agent. Seminars are tailored to the state in which they are held, but students are taught the laws and skills needed in order to become a bail bondsman. Like the The New England Institute of Bail Enforcement, the National Institute of Bail Enforcement--dubbed the “Harvard of Bounty Hunters” by "Police Magazine"--additionally offers private courses to groups of 10 students.