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A Two-Day, Live, Interactive Webinar

Day One: Tuesday, October 24, 2023
11:00 am – 2:15 pm CDT (including a 15-min. break)

Day Two: Wednesday, October 25, 2023
11:00 am – 2:15 pm CDT (including a 15-min. break)

Presented by: William Nechamen, CFM

Agenda Day One:

Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Flood Insurance Studies, and Letters of Map Change

  • History and types of flood maps
    • Levels of detail
    • Flood zones
    • Flood mapping planning and needs
  • Reading and interpreting flood maps
    • Map panel and index information
    • Map features
  • Flood insurance studies
    • Purpose and contents
    • Floodway data table
    • Stream profiles
  • Obtaining and using flood maps
  • Map determinations
  • Letters of Map Change
    • Introduction to and purpose of LOMCs
    • Letters of Map Amendment
    • Letters of Map Revision based on fill
    • Letters of Map Revision

Agenda Day Two:

National Flood Insurance Program and International Building Codes:
Development Standards for Floodplains

  • Types of floods and floodplains
  • Introduction to FEMA’s Floodplain Regulatory Staircase: 44CFR60.3
  • Introduction to the International Building Code and relationship to FEMA regulations
  • Key terms and concepts
    • Flood zones
    • Lowest floor
    • Basement
    • Utilities
    • Areas below the lowest floor
  • Ways to elevate
  • Floodways
  • Base flood elevations, design flood elevations, and freeboard
  • Flood zones that do not have flood elevations
  • Substantial improvement and substantial damage
  • Floodproofing
  • Manufactured homes
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Historic structures
  • Variances

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

Landscape Architects:
6.0 HSW CE Hours

Land Surveyors:
6.0 PDHs (in Select States)

Floodplain Managers:

Certified Planners:

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers, 6.0 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects, and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours to landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

This webinar offers 6.0 PDHs/CE hours to land surveyors licensed in select states. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for land surveyors licensed in Indiana (License No. CE10600325), Maryland and North Carolina (S-0130). The course has been registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (#10138) for land surveyors and pre-approved in Tennessee and Missouri. The course has not been pre-approved for land surveyors in any other states.

This webinar has been approved by the Association of State Floodplain Managers for 6.0 CECs for floodplain managers.

HalfMoon Education is an approved CM Provider with the American Planning Association. This course is registered for CM | 6.0 for Certified Planners.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The above pre-approval(s) only apply to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

6.0 HSW LUs (AIA)


William Nechamen, CFM

Principal and Owner of Nechamen Consulting, LLC

Mr. Nechamen was the floodplain coordinator for the State of New York Department of Environmental Conservation for 21 years. During that period, he helped to promote higher floodplain standards in New York, including enacting a two foot “freeboard” requirement in New York’s building code, saving property owners millions of dollars in flood losses and flood insurance premiums.

One of the founders of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association (NYSFSMA), a professional association with over 500 active members, Mr. Nechamen was their first chair and currently serves the Association as its treasurer and membership coordinator.

Mr. Nechamen has been a Board member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) at various times for 13 years. ASFPM represents over 15,000 professionals across the United States and internationally and is a key national voice in policies designed to reduce flood risk while preserving the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains. Mr. Nechamen served as chair (2013-2015), vice-chair (2011-2013) and treasurer (2008-2010) and is currently co-chair of the Floodplain Regulations Committee as well as an active Board member. He has received the ASFPM Meritorious Lifetime Achievement in Floodplain Management Award.

In his capacity as floodplain coordinator, Mr. Nechamen has led workshops and training sessions on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), floodplain management and regulations, understanding and interpreting flood maps, flood insurance and the Community Rating System.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Floodplain Mapping, Insurance, and Regulation

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour course examines the types of flood maps, how to read and interpret them, and how apply the information they contain. It covers Letter of Map Change, types of floods and floodplains, and development standards for floodplains as prescribed by the National Flood Insurance Program and the International Building Code. The course will also examine floodproofing strategies for different types of structures and discuss base flood elevations and flood zones.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to obtain and interpret flood maps, including FEMA flood zone designations and Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to explain the role and purpose of Letters of Map Change, Letters of Map Amendment, and Letters of Map Revision in the site development process.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify the causes and types of floods and explain what measures can be taken to protect structures, including increased elevation and flood-proofing measures.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with the requirements of the National Floodplain Insurance Program and the International Building Code as they relate to floodplain development.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to identify and adopt floodproofing strategies for manufactured homes, recreational vehicles, and historic structures.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site evaluation and development

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 08/11/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.