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.

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.

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This page last updated 7/1/2020