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The Department of Water Resources conducts at least 12 statewide Floodplain Management/National Flood Insurance Program workshops annually. Local community floodplain managers will gain an appreciation about the National Flood Insurance Program and learn how to efficiently mitigate flood loss and manage floodplains. Please select to register from the list of workshops below.

Floodplain Management & Duties of the Local Administrator (Basic Course)

Intended Audience:

Floodplain Administrators, Government Officials and Building, Planning, and Public Works Staff from Communities Participating in the National Flood Insurance Program

Workshop Topics:

Federal Role/State Role/Community Role, Floodplain Management vs. Flood Control, Duties of the Local Administrator, NFIP Compliance, FEMA Elevation Certicicate, Substantial Improvement and Substantial Damage, Technical Standards, Map Reading & Maintenance, Flood Insurance


Approximate Zone A (Advanced Course)

Intended Audience:

Floodplain Administrators, Engineers, Engineering Technicians, and Consultant Engineers that have a through knowledge of the NFIP regulations.

Workshop Topics:

NFIP regulations for Zone A; Sources of Existing Base Flood Elevations; Development of Base Flood Elevations – Simplified Method (Contour Interpolation and Data Extrapolation Method) and Detailed Methods; Quick-2 Program Example

Workshop Material:

Please download, print, and bring the material with you to the workshop.
Zone_A_Presentation1 (PDF: 3.0 MB) and Zone_A_Presentation2 (PDF: 717 KB) and QUICK-2 Version 2.0


Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage Workshop (Advanced Course)

Intended Audience:

Floodplain Administrators, Building, Planning, and Public Works Staff from Communities Participating in the National Flood Insurance Program, and Consulting Engineers and Surveyors

Workshop Topics:

Purpose and Definition of Substantial Improvement; Determining Improvement Costs and Estimating Market Values of Structures; Rehabilitations, Additions, and Reconstruction of Structures; Recommened Procedures; Post Disaster Considerations and Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage


Elevation Certificate (Advanced Course)

Intended Audience:

Consulting Engineers and Surveyors, Floodplain Administrators, Building, Planning, and Public Works Staff from Communities Participating in the National Flood Insurance Program

Workshop Topics:

Elevation Certificate Purpose and Definitions; Special Flood Hazard Area Zones; How to use the Flood Insurance Rate Map; Determining Lowest Floor; Completion of the New FEMA Elevation Certificate


Flood Insurance Training for Insurance Agents and Lenders (Basic Class)

Intended Audience:

Insurance Professionals, Federal and State Agencies, Lender Professionals, Flood Zone Determination Companies, Realtors ,Government Representatives, Appraisers, Local Community Officials

Workshop Topics:

This interactive course is designed to provide NFIP stakeholders with a basic working knowledge of the NFIP program, with particular focus on flood insurance. The workshop will include an overview of how the NFIP works, the mandatory purchase requirements, FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps, policy coverage, general rules, definitions, elements of rating, flood insurance premiums, claims, and useful resources. The session will also include a discussion on recent and future NFIP changes and local activities. There is no prerequisite for this class. Continuing education credit will be provided to licensed insurance agents and Certified Floodplain Managers. This course meets the federal and state mandatory education and training requirements for licensed property and casualty insurance agents.


Flood Insurance Training for Floodplain Managers

Intended Audience:

Floodplain Managers, Contractors,Local Community Officials, Developers, Engineers, Architects

Workshop Topics:

This workshop is designed to provide floodplain managers, local community officials, engineers, architects, developers, and contractors working with the NFIP, with a basic understanding of the differences between floodplain management regulations and flood insurance, and how local floodplain management decisions affect flood insurance premiums and coverage. This workshop will also address how to assist local property owners, the Community Rating System (CRS), FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps, and a general overview of NFIP policies, coverage, general rules and definitions. There is no prerequisite for this class. This course has been approved by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) for continuing education credit for eligible Certified Floodplain Managers.


Certified Floodplain Manager's (CFM) Refresher Course

Intended Audience:

Floodplain Managers with more than 2 years of experience, Local Community Officials and Other NFIP Stakeholders Seeking a CFM Designation. 

This Course will be taught at the Floodplain Management Association (FMA) 2015 Conference on the week of September 8, 2015. If you are not a full conference attendee, and would like to take this workshop, the one-day FMA conference fee is required. Registration for the conference can be found at: http://www.floodplain.org/annual-conference.

Workshop Material:

Please download, print, and bring the material with you to the workshop.

CFM_Refresher_Manual_2015.pdf (PDF: 10MB)

Workshop Topics:

This six hour workshop is designed to assist individuals preparing for the Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) exam. Prerequisites are required to take the class. These include study of the CFM Exam Prep Guide from ASFPM's website (www.floods.org) and review of FEMA 480. This full-day review is not a replacement for studying for the exam. Attendees should not expect to complete this workshop and pass the CFM exam without additional study. This course is not a guarantee of passing the CFM exam, but is intended as a review and as an exam prep.


E278: National Flood Insurance Plan/Community Rating System Changes (4 days)

Intended Audience:

Floodplain Managers, Local CA Community Officials, CRS Coordinators & Staff working with the NFIP

Workshop Topics:

Workshop Topics: This workshop will give community officials and other interested parties an overview of the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System. This session will walk participant’s though the 2013 CRS Coordinator’s Manual and Quick check application.  It describes CRS activities that are eligible for credit, how a community applies,  and ways for CRS communities to increase their classification will also be discussed.  This is an interactive workshop that encourages questions and student participation. Attendees should be familiar with existing CRS creditable activities.  An application will be sent via e-mail after your on-line registration is complete.  Fill out application and return the application to finalize your registration. (Max: 35 Students)