With more of our colleagues quarantined in their homes and unable to travel due to COVID-19, we know this puts our nation’s CFMs in a predicament, especially those with July and January renewal dates. Many of our Chapters are also having to make that difficult decision to cancel chapter conferences.
At ASFPM, we have solutions! We hope you will use the following guide to help you get your required CECs, as well as increase your professional development during your quarantine. Access your current CECs on record with us on your CFM portal.
Before we get into the self-study courses available, we are happy to announce a special ASFPM response to the crisis—the ASFPM Webinar Sprint! Our new ASFPM live webinar series will guarantee you at least 12 CECs between now and the first renewal date of July 1. Some of these will be free, through our various partnerships, and some will be discounted depending on your membership with us. Find the schedule and registration links on the training page on our website.
Self-study is also a great alternative for those CFMs who only need a few CECs, or are seeking self-study online training. Below are several sources of pre-approved self-study along with descriptions, general costs and links.
FEMA-EMI, ISP Courses
Through our partnership with the Emergency Management Institute—FEMA’s training center—we have approved 102 self-study courses for CEC credit at no cost. However, you must complete the final exam to receive your certificate for the course that you will turn in for CEC credit. If you go directly to the EMI site, please note that 0.1 CEU equals 1 CEC.
Access the pre-approved list on our website.
Access these courses on the EMI website.
COMET – Independent Study Courses
COMET is made possible through sponsorship from NOAA, the World Meteorological Organization, U.S. Department of the Interior, and USACE just to name a few. We have approved 39 courses for CEC credit. You must complete the course and the quiz(es) in order to receive your certificate that is turned in for CEC credit. The links to each course can be on the ASFPM website.
ASFPM Online University (RedVector.com)
Red Vector hosts courses created by our colleagues and other ASFPM partners. It is a paid class platform. However, registering through the ASFPM Online University grants you a 15% discount off of the main website, as well as supports a small royalty back to the course creator and to ASFPM to continue to support training objectives. The ASFPM Certification Board of Regents has recently added over 150 more courses to the curated list, which can be found by looking up “ASFPM” in the search tab and scrolling under #3. Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance during normal business hours. Access courses via the ASFPM Online University at: https://floods.redvector.com/
ASFPM Webinars and partner webinars
Cost varies from no cost to various depending on membership.
ASFPM hosts an average of two to four webinars per month. ASFPM members, Chapter members (sent to Chapter officers for distribution) and partners automatically get invitations to the ASFPM Webinar series as well as the ASFPM/APA PIE webinar series. ASFPM special edition, lunch-n-learn, and CTP information exchange invitations generally go to ASFPM members that have selected to be on that committee’s email list during their ASFPM membership renewal or by self-selecting on their member portal (if you would like access to these webinars, become a member of ASFPM by clicking here).
We currently have five different webinar series:
- ASFPM Webinar series – For fee webinars on cutting edge issues by subject matter experts.
- ASFPM Special Edition webinars – No cost, special topic webinars for members put on by any of the 14 ASFPM policy committees.
- ASFPM Lunch-n-Learn webinars – No cost, special topic webinars for members put on by any of the 14 ASFPM policy committees.
- ASFPM Cooperating Technical Partners “CTP Information Exchange” – No cost, special topic webinars put on by ASFPM’s Flood Science Center in partnership with the Mapping and Engineering Standards Committee.
- ASFPM/APA Planning Information Exchange “PIE webinars”– No cost, special topic webinars alternating between APA-led (American Planning Association) and ASFPM-led.
We hope this list helps you in your search for safe online CECs. We are all in this together, and we thank you for being part of our ASFPM community.
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