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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
Check back in August, 2016, for a list of fall training opportunities.

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

Course Information

Floodplain Management 101 Workshop

Information is available in our Guidebook. Participants may also refer to the following online tutorials:

Floodplain Management 202 Workshop

The Floodplain Management 202 workshop will cover the administration and implementation of a community’s floodplain management program. 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. A pre-workshop questionnaire may be sent prior to the workshop.

Participants may also refer to the following online tutorials:

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: OFMA 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.

FEMA L-273 Managing Floodplain 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 will focus on the NFIP and concepts of floodplain management, maps and studies, ordinance administration, and the relationship between floodplain management and flood insurance. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to become a CFM by becoming a member of OFMA and successfully completing the National CFM Exam.

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, 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.

All applications, courses and tutorials certificates are required to be completed and submitted to OWRB by November 1. Incomplete applications and coursework may result in disenrollment from the L-273 Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program course.

  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)

Course Length: 4 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 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

Enid Workshop Location
Autry Technology Center
1201 W. Willow Rd.
Enid, OK 73703

Clinton Workshop Location
Frisco Center
101 South 4th Street
Clinton, OK 73601

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

Del City Workshop Location
City of Del City
3701 SE 15th St
Del City, OK 73115

Langley Workshop Location
GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center;
420 Hwy. 28, Langley, OK
(Overlooking Grand Lake, west end of Pensacola Dam)

Bartlesville Workshop Location
Tri County Technology Center
6101 SE Nowata Rd
Bartlesville, OK 74006

Ardmore Workshop Location
Southern Oklahoma Technology Center
Conference Center Room B
2610 Sam Noble Pkwy
Ardmore, OK 73401

Muskogee Workshop Location
Three Forks Harbor, Port of Muskogee
River Center
5201 Three Forks Rd
Muskogee, OK 74434

Oklahoma City Workshop Location
OKC Public Works Training Center
3738 SW 15th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73108


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