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Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA) ANNUAL CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
 
CFM® is a registered trademark of the ASFPM Certified Floodplain Manager Program and available only to valid CFMs.
 
 
As part of maintaining Certification status, the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM®) must stay current in their knowledge of floodplain management policies and concepts.  The annual requirements for continuing education can be met through combinations of formal courses, university short courses, home study courses which require an exam for successful completion, online courses or attendance at technical program portions of the TFMA Annual Conference, the ASFPM Annual Conference, state or regional chapter or association conferences, or other related technical conferences and workshops.  Detailed CEC requirements are:
 
1.      A minimum of 8 CECs over the one-year (calendar year) period is required to maintain certification status.
2.      No more than 12 CECs can be claimed during any calendar year.  A maximum of 4 CECs may be rolled over to the next calendar year.
3.      Any CECs earned for a specific training or home study course will be permitted once each year.    
4.  Public / town meetings, board / business meetings, conference calls and information sessions are not CEC-eligible activities. All activities submitted for CECs are subject to TFMA review and final approval.
 
  Schedule of CEC-Eligible Activities
  
Activity
Eligible CEC hours (maximum of 12 CECs for any 1 activity)
Proof you should acquire and save for verification
1.
ASFPM/TFMA Pre-approved Courses
Varies: 1 whole hour instruction = 1 CEC
CEC Certificate / Certificate of completion / attendance with date, start & end times
2.
Flood-related Courses
Varies: 1 whole hour instruction = 1 CEC
Agenda with date, start & end times,  CEC Certificate / Certificate of completion / attendance
3.
Flood-related Conferences
Varies: 1 whole hour instruction = 1 CEC
Agenda with date, start & end times, CEC Certificate / Certificate of completion / attendance
4.
Virtual flood-related educational events
Varies: 1 whole hour instruction = 1 CEC
Agenda with date, start & end times, CEC Certificate / Certificate of completion / attendance
5.
Membership in TFMA
1 CEC
Notation on Summary Verification Form
6.
Authoring/co-authoring a peer-reviewed published journal article related to flooding or an ASFPM Technical White Paper
6 CECs per article / whitepaper
Copy of the published article / white paper noting CFM by name as author/co-author
7.
Teaching a flood-related course
Varies: 1 whole hour instruction = 2 CECs
Agenda with date, start & end times, CEC Certificate / Certificate of completion / attendance
 
SUBJECT MATTER
Anything reasonably deemed to be flood-related and/or addressing floodplain management core competencies may be considered eligible for CECs. CEC-eligible subjects / topics include but are not limited to:
 
  ·   Benefit-cost analysis
·   Building construction (including Codes)
·   Communication Skills
·   Conflict Resolution
·   Customer Service Skills
·   Dam and Levee safety
·   Disaster assistance procedures
·   Disaster Mitigation Act 2000
·   Disaster Response and Recovery 
·   Elevation certificates
·   Emergency management
·   Facilitation Skills, Train the Trainer
·   Flood hazard mitigation (non-structural and structural)
·   Flood insurance
·   Flooding and flood hazards
·   Floodplain management (non-structural and structural)
·   Floodplain management ordinance administration
·   Floodplain management regulations
·   Floodplain mapping (including GIS, LIDAR etc)
·   Floodplains and ecosystems (Section 404)
·   Floodproofing
·   Hurricane response
·   Hydrology and Hydraulics
·   Land Use Management (including LID)
·   Leadership and Management Skills
·   Multi-objective management
·   Negotiation Skills
·   The National Flood Insurance Program
·   The National Flood Insurance Program legislation
·   No Adverse Impact Floodplain Management
·   Presentation Skills, Public Speaking
·   Public information programs
·   SkyWarn and Storm Ready
·   Stormwater management
·   Stream gaging
·   Time Management and Organizational Skills
·   Water quality programs
·   Water resource management
·   Watershed management
·   Wetlands management
 
CEC REVIEW PROCESS
1.    After passing the Certification Exam, the CFM is recommended to review the CEC requirements and annual renewal procedures posted on the TFMA website, www.tfma.org.
 
2.      January 1 of each year is the annual renewal date for all CFM’s.
 
3.      At least three months prior to the January 1st renewal date, TFMA will notify all CFMs by email and website posting of the CEC requirements and renewal process. Renewal forms for TFMA membership, CFM renewals, CEC documentation and CEC annual summary will be posted on the TFMA website.
 
4.    The CFM will submit her/his TFMA Membership and CFM renewal application, renewal fee, and CEC documentation to TFMA Executive Office prior to the January 1st annual renewal deadline.
 
5.      Those individuals meeting the minimum annual renewal requirements will be notified within 30 days after submission of material to the TFMA. Those not fulfilling the annual requirements for renewal by January 15th (after the January 1 annual renewal date) will be decertified and so notified. An opportunity to remedy the decertification will be provided until February 28, at which time every decertification become final.  Specifics of reinstatement of certification are described in the TFMA CFM Charter.
 
6.      All verbal and written correspondence directed to the TFMA Certification Committee should be sent to the TFMA Executive Office.
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