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NFIP 101: Introduction to Floodplain Management (CEC-eligible version)

NFIP 101: Introduction to Floodplain Management (CEC-eligible version)


This course is intended for those just beginning a career in floodplain management. It provides:

  • Local, State, Tribal, Territorial, and federal officials with the knowledge and skills to administer and enforce floodplain management regulation
  • New Floodplain Administrators with information and communication techniques to explain the impact of floodplain management decisions on insurance, public safety, and health.
  • An overview of NFIP minimum floodplain/management regulations based on the types of flood hazards identified, Substantial Improvement (SI) and Substantial Damage (SD), and describes the use of a permitting process as a floodplain management oversight and compliance tool.

While the content of this course is congruent with EMI’s EL-0273: Managing Floodplain Development Through the NFIP, successful completion of this course does not confer credit from EMI. To inquire about E-273 (273 offered at EMI in Emmitsburg, MD, in a classroom setting) please visit EMI’s course registration page, obtain a Student Identification Number, Search for “E0273”, and register for one of the offerings. Please note that you will need to change the calendar year and semester number in the “Offer Information” window to see all of the courses that are being offered over the next year to year and a half. To inquire about L-273 (273 offered locally, in a classroom setting), please contact your State NFIP Coordinator.

Note: As an introduction to floodplain management, this course does not teach advanced floodplain management topics, and consequently should not be used by itself to prepare for the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) exam. Click here for more information on how to prepare for the CFM exam.

Content Level


The course is FREE!
Credit Information
ASFPM CECs: 12. Users must complete all units and knowledge checks to earn a certificate of completion. Course activity will be reviewed for compliance with ASFPM's CEC policies for virtual training.

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Credits: 0
Additional Information
Duration: The combined duration of all 9 units is approximately 14 to 17 hours.

Start/Stop/Return: Users may start, stop, and return to the course as their schedule permits.

Information presented in this course regarding the National Flood Insurance Program is subject to change without notice and may not reflect recent programmatic changes. As a result, the material provided in association with this course is for informational and educational purposes only. While FEMA endeavors to keep the course materials up to date and correct, FEMA and ASFPM make no representations of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness or accuracy of the material provided.