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Certification Board of Regents (CBOR)



Every state has a cadre of certified professionals who have the knowledge to provide state and local specific technical assistance and guidance to communities ensuring effective floodplain management, and to assist the CFM in reducing the nation's risk of flood losses and enhancing community life by managing floodplains as a resource having predictable impacts from and to the surrounding environment and emphasizing the natural and beneficial values of the watershed.


To oversee the national certification program to promote professional development within floodplain management as a profession.


Objective 1.1: Promote the Body of Knowledge and encourage self study by Floodplain Managers.

Strategy 1.1.1: Encourage self-study and attendance at training courses by floodplain managers through testing requirements to obtain certification.

Strategy 1.1.2: The ASFPM Executive Office will monitor the current testing regime with modifications to the test and supporting systems incorporated as necessary.

Strategy 1.1.3: The ASFPM Executive Office will develop and implement a template for basic floodplain management knowledge requirements to provide for consistent training taking advantage of new technologies and developments in the field.

Strategy 1.1.4: Support multi-media training in cooperation with states, ASFPM chapters, professional associations and FEMA.

Strategy 1.1.5: Recognize CFM certification with prominent posting of exam results

Objective 1.2: Encourage states, ASFPM chapters, state agencies, and state or regional associations to certify floodplain managers based on knowledge of specific state and regional requirements and legislation.

Strategy.1.2.1: The ASFPM Executive Office will work with states to develop state-specific exams

Strategy 1.2.2: The ASFPM Executive Office will encourage state chapters and associations to offer the CFM exam at every state/regional conference.

Strategy 1.2.3: Encourage and support inclusion of state specific knowledge, legislation and regional requirements as certification criteria.

Objective 1.3: Maintain national certification standards for floodplain management.

Strategy 1.3.1: CBOR will update the national exam based on input from other ASFPM committees and other reputable sources.

Strategy 1.3.2: CBOR will ensure that the exam tests the basic core knowledge areas of floodplain management in addition to state specific and regional requirements and legislation.

Objective 1.4: Make the CFM program accessible.

Strategy 1.4.1: CBOR will request that every state offer the exam at least once each year.

Strategy 1.4.2: CBOR will work with FEMA and other Federal agencies to support the CFM program.

Strategy 1.4.3: The ASFPM Executive Office will post a list of the states that have offered the exam, as well as, the states that have not offered the exam in a prominent place to include the web site.

Strategy 1.4.4: Coordinate and publicize testing schedules; encourage states, associations and FEMA to increase offerings of testing to increase accessibility.

Goal 2: To promote professional development of floodplain managers through certifications and acknowledgement of accomplished professional milestones (e.g. degrees, titles and certifications.)

Objective 2.1: CBOR will investigate stratification of the CFM program.

Strategy 2.1.1 CBOR will investigate the acceptability of further credentialing of Floodplain Management Professionals including Assistant, Advanced or other acknowledgements of professional accomplishments.

Strategy 2.1.2 CBOR will investigate the acceptability of further credentialing of Floodplain Management Professionals by specific group or field of study, e.g., riverine, coastal, private sector, State, Federal, etc., .

Strategy 2.1.3 CBOR will provide on the attendance certificate to all attendees at the ASFPM conference the number of CECs that would have been earned if they were CFMs)

Objective 2.2: CBOR will utilize the ASFPM Professional Development Committee in promoting CFM professional development.

Strategy 2.2.1 The ASFPM Executive Office will assist CBOR to identify and track CFM professional milestones and communicate these to PDC for recognition.

Objective 2.3: Develop and promote floodplain management-related acknowledgement of accomplishments through ASFPM and higher education certification and degree programs.

Strategy 2.3.1: CBOR will recommend to Higher Education departments curricula and courses of study leading to Associate, Bachelor and Graduate degree programs in Floodplain Management.

Goal 3: Provide CFMs with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and abilities and opportunities to continue their professional development.

Objective 3.1: Provide CFMs with the skills and opportunity to partner with others in accomplishing comprehensive floodplain management

Strategy 3.1.1: The ASFPM Executive Office will approve and seek resources for development of flood-related training at the state/chapter level

Strategy 3.1.2: CBOR will utilize the ASFPM Training Committee to develop and provide consistent multi-media education and training opportunities
Strategy 3.1.3: CBOR will assist states, chapters and professional associations with training for the basic and continuing education standards of certification.

Objective 3.2: Encourage states to have floodplain management training appropriate to community conditions.

Strategy 3.2.1: Format training resources to easily incorporate state, local and regional floodplain management practices and strategies.

Objective 3.3: Require continuing education as a condition for re-certification.

Strategy 3.3.1: ASFPM will require Continuing Education Credits for renewal of a CFM's biannual certification.


Objective 3.4: Teach to the floodplain management Body of Knowledge.

Strategy 3.4.1: CBOR will use the virtual academic working group and the higher education program to promote curriculum development and delivery in the academic community at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Strategy 3.4.2: The ASFPM Executive Office will seek resources for development of flood-related courses.

Strategy 3.4.3: CBOR will encourage interest from the education community to team with and conduct research on ASFPM-identified priorities.

Goal 4: To increase the prominence of certified floodplain managers in decision-making by local officials and the public to add value to development and land use decisions.

Objective 4.1 ASFPM, under the direction of CBOR, will develop outreach materials, tools, and delivery methods for various community groups highlighting the importance of CFM's in their community (communications committee)

Strategy 4.1.1: Develop a sample notification process (including press release) for elected officials regarding the benefits of the CFM program and alert them of the existence of a CFM in their community.

Strategy 4.1.2:
Encourage state NFIP coordinating offices and related local, state, and federal agencies that deal with floodplain management to involve CFMs in decision-making and planning positions.

Strategy 4.1.3: The ASFPM Executive Office will publicize the role of CFMs nationally.

Strategy 4.1.4: Develop support material to educate floodplain management partners about the value of CFMs in the community.

Strategy 4.1.5: Provide information to state programs and state legislatures on the benefits of requiring CFMs in floodplain management activities.

Strategy 4.1.6: Direct ASFPM development of outreach materials and communication strategy to promote the stature of CFM's with the general public.

Strategy 4.1.7: CBOR will prepare outreach materials for state conferences.

Objective 4.2 Under the direction of CBOR, the ASFPM Executive Office and Communications Committee will identify and develop materials to encourage interest for specific partner audiences including public works, planning departments, emergency management departments, code officials, and elected officials, department of natural resources, ecologists, and developers.

Strategy 4.2.1: Identify CFM BOK and other professional field's areas of parallel and mutual interest for sharing of professional development opportunities.

Strategy 4.2.2: Cross reference CFM BOK with parallel disciplines to identify areas of mutual interest for journal articles development, discussion, etc.

Strategy 4.2.3: Promote forums with professionals from across disciplines to share knowledge and experiences of CFMs.

Objective 4.3 CBOR will develop articles for national publications in related disciplines regarding the CFM program.

Strategy 4.3.1: Work with appropriate ASFPM committees and EO to develop a body of published information and press releases on CFM program, goals and objectives that are achieved online in searchable format for easy access.

Objective 4.4: Provide information through booth and other displays about CFMs at conferences of parallel disciplines including the Engineering, Emergency Management, Public Works, Planning and other practices.

Objective 4.5: Work with FEMA, as the major stakeholder, to identify incentives for states and NFIP communities to utilize CFM's in positions responsible for floodplain management (e.g. state coordinator, local floodplain manager).

Strategy 4.5.1: Work with FEMA to continue to attribute CRS points to communities who have CFM's in their floodplain management programs, as well as acknowledging those communities with CFM's as incorporating best management practices, etc.

Goal 5: To build, maintain, and enhance an effective administrative support structure to adequately serve the needs of the CFM.

Objective 5.1: ASFPM Executive Office and the CBOR will seek financial support for administration and enhancement of the CFM program.

Strategy 5.1.1: CBOR will review the fee structure (Are we obtaining sufficient revenue enhance the program and serve the CFMs comparing it to other professional organizations.)

Objective 5.2: Expand FEMA, US Army Corps of Engineers, and other federal and state agencies promotion of the CFM program.

Strategy 5.2.1: Expand FEMA, COE, and other federal and state agencies to promote the CFM Program

Strategy 5.2.2: CFMs attending training or other meetings should be encourages to request a brief speaker-time during a function to explain/ promote CFM program to the participants.

Strategy 5.2.3: EO and CBOR would work with agency staff to develop specific tasks that could be accomplished using agency funding.

Objective 5.3: Provide CFM Administrative support to coordinate testing, monitor CECs and communicating with CFMs.

Strategy 5.3.1: CBOR will develop a feedback system for CFMs to identify how effectively ASFPM or accredited states are responding to CFMs administrative needs including providing adequate training and education.

Strategy 5.3.2: Provide tracking and monitoring of professional milestones and continuing education for CFMS.

Goal 6: Provide ongoing evaluation, assessment, and improvements to the certification program.

Objective 6.1: To seek input and comments from floodplain managers about the program.

Strategy 6.1.1: Through the use of surveys and questionnaires, focus groups, or other means, obtain input from Floodplain Managers about the CFM program.

Objective 6.2: Create an organizational structure to monitor floodplain management trends and events that define the practice of floodplain management and report to CBOR.

Strategy 6.2.1: CBOR will network with academia and flood related fields to provide input to ASFPM on floodplain management trends.

Strategy 6.2.3: The Professional Development Committee, in coordination with CBOR, will encourage research in relative fields that have influence on the science and practice of floodplain management including the Social Sciences, Engineering, Economics and Ecology, to determine current trends that impact floodplain management for inclusion in the CFM exam.

Objective 6.3: CBOR will utilize strategic planning, self-assessment and collaboration to respond to trends and changes that affect the CFM.

Strategy 6.3.1: CBOR will monitor the internal and external factors affecting the CFM program (e.g. changing knowledge areas, feedback and comments from key stakeholders, costs of services) and develop strategic goals and objectives to avoid threats and capitalize on strengths of program.

Strategy 6.3.2: Collaborate with science and technological partners to anticipate trends and challenges in floodplain and water resource management.

Strategy 6.3.3: Apply research from relative fields that have influence on the science and practice of floodplain management.

Objective 6.4: Provide evaluation of the certification exam for currency, reliability and validity.

Strategy 6.4.1: The ASFPM Executive Office, under the direction of CBOR, will conduct a comprehensive review by an evaluation specialist of the questions, answers, and formatting of the CFM exam.

Strategy 6.4.2: CBOR will identify data needs and define a tracking strategy to monitor the testing and certification standards to support the evaluation of currency, reliability and validity.

Objective 6.5: Encourage research in the fields of social sciences, engineering, economics, and ecology that have the importance in the field of floodplain management. – (Evaluate through research the impact of CFMs on communities)

Strategy 6.5.1: The ASFPM Executive Office and FEMA will gather available data sets to help with research and evaluation.

Strategy 6.5.2: CBOR will network with academia and related fields to provide input to ASFPM on floodplain management trends.

Objective 6.6: The ASFPM Executive Office will periodically audit the CFM program.

Strategy 6.6.1: The ASFPM Executive Office, in coordination with CBOR will establish a protocol for auditing the CFM program including review areas, a schedule for audit frequency, and a formal means of comment on the integrity, accuracy of detail and recordkeeping of the CFM program.

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