Floodplain Management 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. Sign up today! Space is limited.
Course Descriptions(All courses worth 6 CECs unless noted otherwise)
FEMA L-273 Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program
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.*
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.Requirements
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 January 8, 2018, to be placed on the class roster.
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
This course covers the basics of floodplain management, including FPA duties and permitting. This is an excellent course for the beginning floodplain administrator (FPA) and community officials looking to better understand the role of the FPA. Information is available in our Guidebook. Participants may also refer to the following online tutorials:
The following courses go beyond the basics of floodplain management to strengthen the skills of floodplain managers and community officials:Understanding LOMCs/Disaster Awareness Exercise
This advanced course covers the administration and implementation of a community’s floodplain management program with an emphasis on submitting a LOMA, LOMR, LOMR-F, CLOMR, and CLOMR-F. This workshop 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:
This advanced course covers 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 practices.Substantial Damage Estimator (SDE) Software Training
This advanced training is provided by FEMA. Their new 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.Introduction to GIS for Floodplain Managers/BLE Viewer
This advanced course covers basic GIS mapping techniques & training for 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.Permitting and Elevation Certificates
This intermediate course focuses on floodplain permitting activities and elevation certificates. 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.Outreach and Communication for FPAs
This course focuses on outreach techniques, tools and activities FPAs can use to effectively implement their community program as well as communicate NFIP value to constituents.OFMA Advanced Workshops
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.
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:
Annual requirements for re-certification:
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.