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FMA hosts workshops, symposiums and one major Conference annually. The conferences provide members an opportunity to present and discuss technical papers on various aspects of floodplain management as well as attend presentations by state and federal officials concerning their programs. The conferences also provide an opportunity for members to exchange information with their counterparts, learn about new products and services from vendor displays, and network with other floodplain management professionals.

FMA is a chapter of the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM) which has established a national program for professional certification of floodplain managers. The program recognizes continuing education and professional development that enhance the knowledge and performance of local, state, federal, and private-sector floodplain managers. Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs) receive continuing education credits at FMA's workshops, symposiums and conferences in order to meet annual education credit requirements. For more information, please visit

Courses Offered

FMA offers a number of courses throughout the year. FMA maintains a qualified instructor list for the courses below. If you would like training in any of the courses below, or you would like to offer a course or be added to the list of qualified instructors, please contact Mary Seits, Executive Director, at

  • Advanced HEC-HMS
  • Advanced HEC-RAS (Steady and Unsteady)
  • ArcGIS Overview for Floodplain Managers
  • ArcGIS Workshop-Applications in Floodplain Management
  • Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ)
  • Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC)
  • Floodplain Management Course for CFM Exam
  • FLO-2D
  • Fundamentals of Hydrology and Hydraulics for Engineers
  • Geomorphology & Alluvial Fans
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics for Non-Engineers
  • Hydromodification Management Plans
  • Law Seminar for Floodplain Managers
  • Low Impact Development Stormwater Management
  • Regulatory Permitting for Floodplain Managers
  • Retrofitting of Floodprone Structures (Floodproofing)
  • Scour Analysis for Small and Medium Watersheds
  • Stormwater Quality Design
  • Stream Restoration
  • Streambank Protection & Erosion Control
  • WSPG

The California Department of Water Resources Division of Flood Management is offering a series of workshops related to the National Flood Insurance Program. These include: Flood Insurance Training for Insurance Agents, Lenders and Floodplain Managers, Floodplain Manager Duties for the Local Administrator, Substantial Damage/Substantial Improvement, Elevation Certificate, and others.

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