Register by 6/9 for Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Exam 6/23

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (VTANR) will be hosting a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) exam on 6/23/2017.  The exam will be held from 1-4pm in Montpelier, VT at the VTANR main office at 1 National Life Drive.   If you or someone you know may be interested in sitting for the exam, please have them contact me (rebecca.pfeiffer@vermont.gov) with any questions.  Please feel free to share this announcement with any person or other groups that I may have missed.

The Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Program was established by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) in 1998, and is intended to recognize a person’s knowledge of community responsibilities under the National Flood Insurance Program and other related floodplain management issues.  From ASFPM’s website:

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has established a national program for certifying floodplain managers. This program recognizes continuing education and professional development that enhances the knowledge and performance of local, state, federal and private-sector floodplain management professionals.

The role of the nation's floodplain managers is expanding due to increases in disaster losses, the emphasis on mitigation to alleviate the cycle of damage-rebuild-damage, and a recognized need for professionals to adequately address these issues. This certification program will lay the foundation for ensuring that highly qualified individuals are available to meet the challenge of breaking the damage cycle and stopping its negative drain on the nation's human, financial and natural resources.

Submitting an application

You must register for this exam no later than June 9th, 2017.  All applications to register for the exam should be sent to the ASFPM offices in Madison, Wisconsin by the 6/9/17 deadline. 

To register for the exam, you will need to complete the CFM exam application, which can be found here (http://www.floods.org/index.asp?menuid=405), and submit your application fee to take the exam.  Please be aware that the CFM exam application requires a Professional Employment Verification Form to be completed by your supervisor or agency head, so please plan ahead if you intend to register.

Application Fees:

The application fee (and eventual renewal of your certification on a biennial basis) for an ASFPM member is significantly reduced than the fees for a non-member.  If you’re not currently a member of ASFPM and would like to become one, you can do so at the same time as applying to take the CFM exam.  You would be required to also complete the one-page individual membership application form which can be found on the same page as the CFM exam application.  The yearly cost to become an individual member of ASFPM is $150, and would be paid in addition to the $100 CFM application fee for a total of $250, vs. the $450 fee for a non-member.  See the full fee schedule below. 

1-day Exam Prep prior to the exam

In the past, I have typically held a 1-day review session the week of the exam.  Once I have a full list of people registered for the exam, we confirm the date of the review session.  I have tentatively scheduled the review session on June 22nd (Thursday), and will be located in Montpelier from 9:00am – 5pm.  The review session is not mandatory for the exam, but is a general overview of some of the different topics that are covered.  It will also give you a chance to work on an Elevation Certificates, regulations, and mapping exercises. 

Let me know if you have any questions, and please let me know if you intend to join the CFM exam review session.  Please feel free to forward this email on to anyone else that you know is interested in taking the CFM exam.

Rebecca