Thank you for your interest in becoming a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM®)!!



The Arkansas Floodplain Management Association, Inc. (AFMA) has been recognized as an Accredited Chapter through the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), which is recognized as the authority on floodplain management throughout the Nation. Through this recognition, AFMA, along with ASFPM and other Accredited Chapters, established a national program for professional certification of floodplain managers. This program recognizes continuing education and professional development to enhance the knowledge and performance of local, state, federal, and private-sector floodplain managers.

Due to increases in disasters and flood losses, the role of the floodplain manager is expanding and drawing more attention. As most floodplain managers come from a wide range of careers and backgrounds, there is no college-level degree program for floodplain management. This certification program lays the foundation for ensuring highly qualified individuals are available to meet the challenge of breaking the current cycle of flood losses; thus stopping its negative drain on the nation’s human, financial, and natural resources.

The formation of the professional certification program is recognized as an effective means to:

  • Formalize a procedure to recognize and provide an incentive for individuals to improve their knowledge of floodplain management concepts;
  • Enhance individual professional development goals;
  • Promote an understanding of relevant subject matter that is consistent nationwide;
  • Convey new concepts and practices; and
  • Build partnerships among organizations and agencies that share the goal of advancing sound floodplain management.


Applicants desiring to obtain designation as a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM®) must perform the following steps.