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Floodplain Management 101/Advanced Course Schedule

The OWRB offers the following resources to educate and train floodplain management professionals on effective floodplain management practices and requirements. Additionally, attending a workshop and or completing a on-line course will allow a community floodplain administrator to meet the state required accreditation.

Date Class Location
April 19, 2017 OFMA Advanced Course Langley
April 20, 2017 FPM 101 Closed Oklahoma City
May 11, 2017 OFMA Advanced Course Edmond
June 12-16, 2017 FEMA L-273 Week Long CFM Course Register by June 5 Tahlequah

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Online Courses

Certified Floodplain Managers may supplement their training and earn CECs with Independent Study online courses provided by FEMA's Emergency Management Institute. Please send your course completion certificates to Cathy Poage.

Contact Cathy Poage by email or at 580-256-1014 if you have questions or need help registering.

Course Information

Floodplain Management 101 Workshop

Covers the basics of floodplain management, including duties and permitting. Includes a Q&A session. This is an excellent course for the beginning floodplain administrator (FPA) and community officials to better understand the role of the FPA. Information is available in our Guidebook. Participants may also refer to the following online tutorials:

CECs: 6

Floodplain Management 202 Workshop

Covers the administration and implementation of a community’s floodplain management program with the emphasis on submitting a LOMA, LOMR, LOMR-F, CLOMR, and CLOMR-F. Areas of focus will include Basics of Rivers and Floods, Understanding Local Ordinance, Permitting (including non-traditional development), Compliance Issues, FIS/FIRM Comprehension, and a Q&A session. This workshops includes a flood disaster awareness exercise that looks at the responsibilities of a city, a town, and a county prior to, during, and after a flooding event.

Participants may also refer to the following online tutorials:

CECs: 6

Floodplain Management 303 Workshop

This course goes beyond the basics of floodplain management to strengthen the skills of floodplain managers and community officials. The 2016-2017 FPM 303 series consists of the three following classes:

  • Survey/HWM App: Basic survey skills, finished floor elevations, high water mark (HWM) elevations and application, gathering HWM data, understanding elevation certificates, and HAG & LAG elevations. Includes a half day in the field observing survey practises.
  • SD Training: Substantial Damage (SD) software training provided by FEMA. This tool is extremely helpful to FPAs in meeting the SD determination requirement after a flooding event. Student will be required to bring a laptop (not a tablet) for class instruction. Software will be provided.
  • GIS Mapping: Basic GIS mapping techniques & training for your local communities; High Water Mark inundation mapping; FEMA's Base Level Engineering (BLE) watershed studies. Student will be required to bring a laptop (not a tablet) for class instruction. Software will be provided.

CECs: 6

OFMA Advanced Workshop

The Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association (OFMA), at its own expense with Training Cadre Instructors, offer multiple Advanced Floodplain Management workshops. These workshops provide in-depth instruction on specific floodplain topics and are a follow-up on the FPM 101 workshop. Material covered in the workshop can be found on the OFMA Training website.

Note: Instructors often travel long distances to teach these subjects, so please follow through with your attendance. Much time and effort is spent organizing and administering workshops by OWRB staff. Our goal is to keep them free of charge to the floodplain community.

CECs: 6

FEMA L-273 Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program

Course Description
This course is designed to provide an organized training opportunity for local officials responsible for administering their local floodplain management ordinance. The course focuses in-depth on the NFIP and concepts of floodplain management, maps and studies, ordinance administration, mitigation, flood insurance, BFE determination, elevation certificates, and the relationship between floodplain management and flood insurance. In order to become a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), participants must complete requirements 1-7 below, attend the L-273 course, and obtain a passing grade on the National CFM Exam.*

*Those wishing to take the National CFM Exam are required to attend this course; however, please note that attendance alone does not guarantee a passing grade. Visit the ASFPM's Exam Prep page for additional guidance.

Selection Criteria
Local officials responsible for administering local floodplain management ordinances, including but not limited to floodplain management administrators, building inspectors, code enforcement/zoning officers, planners, city/county managers, attorneys, engineers, surveyors, and public works officials. The course is designed for those officials with limited floodplain management experience.

Participants must complete the General Admissions Application and the following online training courses and tutorials.

Requirements 1-5 below must be submitted by email to Cathy Poage no later than June 5, 2017 to be placed on the class roster.

  1. FEMA SSID Requirement
  2. FEMA General Admissions Application
  3. Independent Study IS-1103: Elevation Certificate for Surveyors (2 hours)
  4. Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) tutorial (30 minutes)
  5. Flood Insurance Studies (FIS) tutorial (40 minutes)

If taking the National CFM Exam, requirements 6-7 must be emailed to Carolyn Schultz or mailed to Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association, Inc., P.O. Box 8101, Tulsa, OK 74101-8101.

  1. OFMA Membership Application ($50 Fee)
  2. OFMA CFM Exam Application ($50 Fee)

Incomplete applications and coursework may result in disenrollment from the L-273 course. For more information, please call Cathy Poage at (580)256-1014.

Course Length: 5 days
CECs: 12

OFMA Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Program

Applicants wishing to obtain the initial designation as a Certified Floodplain Manager, must meet the following eligibility requirements through the Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association:

  • Be an active member of OFMA;
  • Complete L-273 Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program or other FEMA-accredited Floodplain Administrator training course;
  • Minimum education of High School diploma or GED;
  • Submit a completed application packet;
  • Pay an application fee; and
  • Obtain a passing score on the national certification examination.

Annual requirements for re-certification:

  • Continue OFMA membership;
  • Submit a “short form” application; and
  • Submit documentation of Continuing Education Credits (16 CEC’s in a 2 year period).

Workshop Locations

Broken Arrow Workshop Location
Central Park Community Center
1500 S. Main St.
Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Clinton Workshop Location
Frisco Center
101 S. 4th St.
Clinton, OK 73601

Edmond Workshop Location
Oklahoma Employees Credit Union
15100 N. May Ave.
Edmond, OK 73013

Langley Workshop Location
GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center;
420 Hwy. 28
Langley, OK

McAlester Workshop Location
Eastern Oklahoma State College
1802 College Avenue
McAlester, OK 74501

Oklahoma City Workshop Location
Oklahoma Water Resources Board
3800 N. Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Tahlequah Workshop Location
Cherokee Nation Headquarters
17725 S. Muskogee Ave.
Tahlequah, OK 74464


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