National CFM® Certification Program and Exam Reliability & Validity Process
The Certification Board of Regents (CBOR), which oversees the National CFM® program and exam, is conducting an assessment to ensure continued quality, consistency, and credibility of our certification. This three part process is evaluating the existing program and exam. The assessment is being done to ensure the program and exam are properly targeted to essential knowledge areas in current practice, constructed following best practices, and managed to ensure continued credibility and sustainability. It is important to note that this is the same process used by accredited certification programs to ensure quality in their programs and exams.
Subject Matter Experts
The first step in the assessment process was a meeting of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from a representative cross section of the floodplain management profession and CFMs to conduct FPM Practice Analysis. This group of 10-12 SMEs from all levels of government, private industry, diverse geographical locales, arid, riverine and coastal areas met in July 2009 to compile a comprehensive list of tasks and duties currently in practice in the field. Following that meeting, the second step in the process began. A survey was developed about these tasks and duties and was distributed to all ASFPM members (both CFMs and non-CFMs).
FPM Practice Analysis
In July 2009 ASFPM conducted a FPM Practice Analysis. A group of 10-12
SMEs from all levels of government, private industry, diverse
geographical locales, arid, riverine and coastal areas compiled a comprehensive list of tasks and duties currently in
practice in the field. The product of this meeting was the DACUM Chart. The DACUM Chart was used to develop a subsequent survey which was distributed to all ASFPM members (both CFMs and non-CFMs) to validate the practice analysis. The CBOR also used the DACUM Chart to update and develop the Model Job Description for a Community Floodplain Manager.
The survey asked questions to validate the list of tasks and duties in order to determine essential competencies every CFM should have and know. For this key step in the process to be a success, a certain percentage of survey responses were required. The survey was released in August 2009. We urged all our members to consider completing this survey a vital and valuable contribution to the CFM program and the floodplain management profession. After compiling the survey responses, the third step in the process took place, an Exam Validation meeting.
Summary of Survey Responses - ALL RESPONDENTS
Summary of Survey Responses - LOCAL
Summary of Survey Responses - STATE
Exam Validation Process
The Exam Validation meeting was held in November 2009 with 10-12 SMEs reviewing the existing CFM exam relative to the survey findings. This process reviewed and suggested any recommended adjustments to the CFM exam categories and percentage of questions, question structure, weight, and passing score. This process will be a way for our program to maintain its integrity, credibility in measuring essential knowledge required of CFM's and professionals in the field.
CBOR will be discussing the preliminary results of the Reliability and Validity testing during their spring meeting in March.
Accreditation Audit Project Final Report (5/2010)
Executive Summary Reliabilty and Validity (R&V) Assessment of the National CFM Program and Exam (5/2011)