CFM® CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

About the Program

CFM® is a registered trademark of the ASFPM Certified Floodplain Manager program and may only be used by Nationally Accredited Certified Floodplain Managers.
The ASFPM national certified floodplain manager program was established in 1998 to create a baseline testing of professional competence in floodplain management. The program requires passing an exam and then continuing education credits annually to maintain certification. Recognizing training/continuing education/professional development is a keystone of the program, as the floodplain management program is continually evolving and the knowledge and performance of local, state, federal and private-sector floodplain management professionals is ever changing.

Six states, who were instrumental in the development and promotion of the CFM program in the 1990’s, are in a long-standing partnership arrangement with ASFPM to administer the CFM program and maintenance in their states for those with residence in their states. These states are Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Illinois. They follow national guidelines and auditing standards, use the national CFM exam, and so a CFM from these accredited chapters are considered equal to a national certification in every way.

CFM Program History

In 1992, the chair of ASFPM’s Professional Development Committee, Jim Owen, conducted a survey of the Association of State Floodplain Managers membership to explore the interest and feasibility of a national floodplain manager certification program. Based on the favorable response to the survey, Owen submitted Jan. 13, 1993 a proposal to the ASFPM Board of Directors to initiate a certification program. A subcommittee was formed Oct. 31, 1993 to research existing floodplain management certification programs and certification programs of parallel organizations and disciplines. In July 1995, Owen, representing the California Floodplain Management Association, presented a proposal to the ASFPM board to join an inter-organizational board effort to establish a certification program. Although the board did not accept his proposal, the background information presented in Owen’s proposal was very informative. A formal
ASFPM Certification Task Force was formed in 1995 to continue with certification program efforts. Initial discussions of the ASFPM board and task force identified the following topics for further clarification and description:

  • Goals
  • Levels and types of certification
  • Certification/recertification procedures
  • Continued education requirements
  • Testing
  • Training courses
  • Program expected expenses and income

The original intent of the Certified Floodplain Manager program was to provide a way to recognize the professionalism of floodplain management activities, and provide a process that those professionals were required to obtain through continuing education credits to keep abreast of changes in federal and state regulations, legislative requirements and have an awareness not only of the National Flood Insurance Program, but of comprehensive floodplain management.

CFM® is a registered trademark and available only to individuals certified and in good standing under the ASFPM Certified Floodplain Manager program.
DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

Professional certification is a peer review process administered through the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Participation in the CFM® Program is strictly voluntary. The program is designed to establish educational, training and experience criteria related to floodplain management, hazard mitigation, National Flood Insurance Program and to certify that an individual applicant has met these criteria.

ASFPM assumes no liability for any action or inaction made by individual CFMs during the normal course of performing their prescribed duties and responsibilities of managing development within the identified floodplains, as established by criteria of the NFIP or state and mandated by their respective employer or local government agency. ASFPM has not attempted to independently verify the information submitted by certification applicants. We strongly recommend that anyone using the professional services of any ASFPM CFM listed individual or firm contact that individual or firm directly and request and independently verify their references and credentials. Further, ASFPM assumes no liability for any action or inaction made by an ASFPM accredited chapter in accepting, denying, certifying or renewing CFMs.

CFM Success Stories

"The CFM program is a much needed and desired feature of ASFPM. It is an educational tool with a resultant recognition feature (certification), which enables members with diverse backgrounds, but specific interests in water resources and floodplain management, to achieve a high level of knowledge and to be able to display that achievement through certification. As a supervisor within USACE, I felt that if my staff achieved the CFM certification, then the local communities with whom we partnered with would have a greater comfort level with us. That did happen and it has been a success," said Randy Behm, P.E., CFM, with USACE and Behm Hazard Mitigation and ASFPM Nonstructural Floodproofing Committee co-chair.

Randy Behm, P.E., CFM

The CFM certification helped me out professionally because my Board of County Commissioners and my property owners stopped questioning my judgment about floodplain issues. Professionally, I went from a job where floodplain was one of the many duties I had, to a position where floodplain management is a much bigger focus. Getting my CFM expanded my knowledge about complex issues, which helps me save my citizens save on flood insurance," said Steve Samuelson, CFM, Kansas state floodplain manager and ASFPM Flood Insurance Committee co-chair.

- Steve Samuelson, CFM, Kanssas State Floodplain Manager

CFMs acknowledged by River Basin Commission for knowledge of floodplain management: The Delaware River is an interstate waterway that has experienced three (3) major main stem floods in recent years. At the request of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Flood Advisory Committee of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) recently formed a subcommittee to review and evaluate the similarities and differences in floodplain regulations throughout watershed, and to develop and present recommendations on the potential for more effective floodplain regulations throughout the basin.

The Floodplain Regulation Evaluation Subcommittee is composed of 20 representatives who represent the interests of the basin states, federal government, environment, citizens, builders, agriculture, commerce, floodplain mapping and local officials. Of the 20 representatives on the subcommittee, eight (8) are CFMs! The work of this subcommittee can be followed online at drbc.net.

- John Miller and Cleighton Smith - NJ Chapter members

Marsha Hilmes-Robinson is the Floodplain Administrator in the Utilities Department for the City of Fort Collins, CO. As a result of obtaining her CFM designation, an announcement was placed in the Fort Collins utilities Department newsletter. In addition Marsha received a 4% raise. Congratulations Marsha on a job well done!

- Marsha Hilmes-Robinson

Al Goodman is the Mississippi NFIP State Coordinator. When Al obtained his CFM designation, he received an "Education Benchmark" pay increase from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. The raise was equivalent to those employees that attain a Master's Degree. It is now a requirement that the Mississippi State NFIP Coordinator obtain the CFM designation. Congratulations Al on a great job! We appreciate all that you do for ASFPM!

- Al Goodman

Lee is a building Official for Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He had taken the Community Floodplain Manager class at EMI and attributes much of Mount Pleasant's success to what he had learned. The community went from NFIP probationary status in 1989 to a Community Rating System Class 8 community. In addition to being a Certified Floodplain Manager, Lee maintains the following certifications: CABO Certified Building Official, SBCCI Code Enforcement and Administration Professional, State of South Carolina Registered Building Code Enforcement Officer Class G-1. Congratulations Lee on a job well done!

- T. Lee Cave

In May 2001, Barbara Elza Millerwas the Project Impact Coordinator for Randolph and Tucker Counties in West Virginia. She was recognized as the first Project Impact Coordinator in the nation to become a CFM at the regional project impact summit. Barbara now serves as the Project Impact Coordinator for Jefferson County, West Virginia (yes, Jefferson County was a Project Impact pilot and the program will continue through June 2004!) Congratulations Barbara, on being the first!

- Barbara Elza Miller

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This page last updated 7/1/2020

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