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RI Coastal Resources Management Council preserve, protect, develop, and restore coastal resources for all Rhode Islanders

Take the opportunity to become a Certified Floodplain Manager

The Rhode Island Floodplain Mitigation Association (RIFMA) periodically offers Certified Floodplain Manager exams. The ASFPM certification exam measures a person's knowledge of a community's responsibilities under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and related floodplain management topics. The ASFPM CFM Program is directed toward individuals from widely varying occupations, interests, and educational backgrounds who have routine floodplain management duties. This includes representatives from the following groups; community/state/federal officials, the private sector, academia, interest groups, and private citizens. Anyone can take the CFM exam.

This certification is awarded by the ASFPM directly to individuals who apply and successfully pass the exam; demonstrating their knowledge of the basic national standards and programs of floodplain management, but who reside or work in states where ASFPM accredited certification is not available.

The CFM exam will cover the following topics: the NFIP; community sanctions; floodplain mapping; NFIP regulatory standards; building protection standards; substantial improvement/damage; building inspections; elevation records; enforcement, variances; flood insurance coverage; natural and beneficial functions of wetlands; flood hazard mitigation, disaster assistance procedures.

The initial ASFPM Certified Floodplain Manager certification will be awarded upon the successful completion of three steps: (1) submitting completed application and fee: (2) submitting an Employment Verification form: and (3) receiving a grade of 70% or higher on the certification exam. Study materials for the exam are available at under the “certification” link.

For more information and to check on upcoming exam dates, go to


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