CFM® Exam Preparation
Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM®) Exam shall be approved by the ASFPM Certification Board
of Regents. The CFM Exam is closed book, and is held in a proctored classroom
environment. All exams are pass/fail; results are available within 2 weeks by
mail sent to the exam takers home address. Results are held in strict confidence.
The CFM Exam measures a person's knowledge of a community's responsibilities
under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and related floodplain
management topics. The Exam is based on the NFIP’s minimum standards (your state or community may have higher
standards); exam takers should respond to exam questions based on the NFIP
minimum standards. See Exam Preparation Guide (below) for exam category/topics
There is no
ASFPM approved or endorsed CFM Exam preparation course. The best preparation
for the exam is by studying the references listed on ASFPM’s Exam Preparation Guide (below).
Any course advertised as a CFM Exam Prep” course is not recognized,
endorsed or approved by ASFPM to prepare exam takers to pass the CFM exam,
ASFPM is not responsible for exam takers who do not pass the exam after
attending an exam “prep” course and no CECs will be awarded for participants of
these training courses.
In the document, Technical References (below), you will find FEMA publication 480, "Floodplain Management Requirements: A Study Guide & Desk Reference for Local Officials" (an excellent reference to help prepare to take the CFM Exam) as well as other documents to review/ reference.
CFM® Exam Preparation Guide (4/18/16)
Technical References (7/2016)
Floodplain Management Body of Knowledge (12/07)