Before we get into the self-study courses available, we are happy to announce a special ASFPM response to the crisis—the ASFPM Webinar Sprint! Our new ASFPM live webinar series will guarantee you at least 12 CECs between now and the first renewal date of July 1. Some of these will be free, through our various partnerships, and some will be discounted depending on your membership with us. Find the schedule and registration here.
Self-study is also a great alternative for those CFMs who only need a few CECs, or are seeking self-study online training. Below are several sources of pre-approved self-study along with descriptions, general costs and links.
FEMA-EMI, ISP Courses
Through our partnership with the Emergency Management Institute—FEMA’s training center—we have approved 102 self-study courses for CEC credit at no cost. However, you must complete the final exam to receive your certificate for the course that you will turn in for CEC credit. If you go directly to the EMI site, please note that 0.1 CEU equals 1 CEC.
FEMA Online Training Courses
FEMA – Independent Study Courses (Pre-approved for CECs)
Access these courses on the EMI website
NDPTC – Instructor Led Training Courses (Pre-approved for CECs for CFMs)
COST: Attendees pay no fee to attend NDPTC courses; the cost is covered by a cooperative agreement with the Dept. of Homeland
Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) is a member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium
(NDPC), which was expanded in 2007 to address all-hazards capabilities by the addition of the University of Hawai`i. The NDPTC is
authorized to develop and deliver training and educational programs related to homeland security and disaster management, with a
specific focus on natural hazards, coastal communities, and the special needs and opportunities of islands and territories. NDPTC is a
mobile training center, so if you are interested in a course and you are a part of an organization that you feel could benefit from our
courses we can coordinate with you regarding scheduling a course delivery in your local area at your facility.
Through our partnership with the NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM), we have approved 1 self-study course for CEC credit at no cost. However, you must complete the final exam to receive your certificate for the course that you will turn in for CEC credit.
COMET – Independent Study Courses
COMET is made possible through sponsorship from NOAA, the World Meteorological Organization, U.S. Department of the Interior, and USACE just to name a few. We have approved 39 courses for CEC credit. You must complete the course and the quiz(es) in order to receive your certificate that is turned in for CEC credit. The links to each course can be found here: COMET – Independent Study Courses (Pre-approved for CECs)
ASFPM Online University (RedVector.com)
Red Vector hosts courses created by our colleagues and other ASFPM partners. It is a paid class platform. However, registering through the ASFPM Online University grants you a 15% discount off of the main website, as well as supports a small royalty back to the course creator and to ASFPM to continue to support training objectives. The ASFPM Certification Board of Regents has recently added over 150 more courses to the curated list, which can be found by looking up “ASFPM” in the search tab and scrolling under #3. Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance during normal business hours. Access courses via the ASFPM Online University at: https://floods.redvector.com/
ASFPM Webinars and partner webinars
Cost varies from no cost to various depending on membership.
ASFPM hosts an average of two to four webinars per month. ASFPM members, Chapter members (sent to Chapter officers for distribution) and partners automatically get invitations to the ASFPM Webinar series as well as the ASFPM/APA PIE webinar series. ASFPM special edition, lunch-n-learn, and CTP information exchange invitations generally go to ASFPM members that have selected to be on that committee’s email list during their ASFPM membership renewal or by self-selecting on their member portal (if you would like access to these webinars, become a member of ASFPM by clicking here).
We currently have five different webinar series:
- ASFPM Webinar series – For fee webinars on cutting edge issues by subject matter experts.
- ASFPM Special Edition webinars – No cost, special topic webinars for members put on by any of the 14 ASFPM policy committees.
- ASFPM Lunch-n-Learn webinars – No cost, special topic webinars for members put on by any of the 14 ASFPM policy committees.
- ASFPM Cooperating Technical Partners “CTP Information Exchange” – No cost, special topic webinars put on by ASFPM’s Flood Science Center in partnership with the Mapping and Engineering Standards Committee.
- ASFPM/APA Planning Information Exchange “PIE webinars”– No cost, special topic webinars alternating between APA-led (American Planning Association) and ASFPM-led.
ASFPM Training Modules
Building Public Support for Floodplain Management (BPS)
Building public understanding and support is vital to the success of floodplain management; this course is presented as a toolkit for Floodplain Managers on how to achieve this goal. This highly interactive, activity-driven workshop will cover how to educate and enlist the support of the public, local officials, the media, and policy makers in support of good floodplain management practices. Training will include hands-on practice with the tools introduced. BPS is offered as a 4 hour workshop. This workshop is for floodplain managers of any experience level.
Floodplain Management 101 (FPM 101)
FPM 101 covers the basic tenets of the NFIP and the minimum administrative requirements to successfully implement a community FPM program. Participants will learn the fundamentals of individual and local responsibilities for managing flood risks and loss through proper permitting and planning. Unit modules are designed to be presented either individually or in combination. Each module averages 1-2 hours in length, or as a two-day workshop if all modules are presented together. This workshop is targeted at new floodplain managers with less and two years of experience. Modules: NFIP Basics, Maps & Flood Insurance Studies, The Floodplain Manager’s Role, NFIP Compliance, The Future of Floodplain Management, and Flood Insurance.