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Monday, November 28, 2022
8:30 am – 3:30 pm CST


Presented by
Wendy Lathrop, PLS, CFM

Floods, Floodplains and Introduction to Floodplain Management
Floodplain identification and terminology
Flood hazards and flood risks
Three basic types of flooding (and other “unique” types)
Floodplains, floodways and coastal conditions: impact on site development
Why floodplain management matters
Objectives and purpose of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
Evolution of the NFIP and its components

Flood Maps and Flood Zones
Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) contents and development

  • Understanding flood zone designations
  • Approaches to mapping floodplains
  • Components of flood maps
  • Digital mapping
  • Map Modernization and Risk MAP
    Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports
    Impacts of flood zone designations and mapping
  • Understanding, distinguishing between, and requesting
    Letters of Map Change (LOMC)

Elevations in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Floodplain Regulation
Elevations in the NFIP

  • The impact of elevations in the NFIP
  • Sources of elevation
  • The role of elevation certificates in the NFIP and related technical guidance

Federal, state and local floodplain regulation

  • Federal NFIP regulations: where, what and why
  • Effects of regulations and legislation on building construction and improvement
  • The role of lenders in the NFIP
  • State and local roles in regulating floodplain development
  • The role of advisory elevation and mapping data

Practical Floodplain Management
Technical guidance and advisory documents
Floodplain management approaches and techniques
Preparing for resiliency
Planning for future conditions


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Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

Landscape Architects:
6.0 HSW CE Hours

Land Surveyors:
6.0 PDHs (in Most States)

Floodplain Managers:


Continuing Education Credit Information 
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers and land surveyors, 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in most 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 course has been registered with the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers (#10371) and approved by the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects. Course approval is pending with the Tennessee Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors. This course is not approved for New York land surveyors. 

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

 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). 


Wendy Lathrop, PLS, CFM, CFS

President and Owner of Cadastral Consulting, LLC

Ms. Lathrop is licensed as a professional land surveyor in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, and as a professional planner in New Jersey. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and has been involved in surveying since 1974 in projects ranging from construction to boundary to environmental land use disputes. Ms. Lathrop is also a certified floodplain manager through the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM) and a Certified Floodplain Surveyor through the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors. A former adjunct instructor at Mercer County College in New Jersey, she has also taught as part of the team for the licensing exam review course at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. Ms. Lathrop has been teaching seminars for surveyors since 1986 and has been writing articles for surveyors since 1983. She is a contributing editor for The American Surveyor magazine, and she has four articles included in the American Bar Association’s text, Land Surveys: A Guide for Lawyers and Other Professionals. She and Stephen V. Estopinal, PLS, PE co–authored a book entitled Professional Surveyors and Real Property Descriptions: Composition, Construction, and Comprehension, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2011. She is also on the faculty of GeoLearn, a web-based educational provider. Ms. Lathrop is a past president of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors and of the National Society of Professional Surveyors, and she has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association for Geodetic Surveying.

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: Mapping, Managing and Regulating Floodplains

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour live lecture presentation examines floodplain identification, flood hazards and risks, why floodplain management matters, objectives and purpose of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), flood maps and zones, elevations in the NFIP, and practical floodplain management strategies.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify floodplains, be able to describe their hazards and risks, explain the purpose (and necessity) for floodplain management, and discuss the objectives and purposes of the National Flood Insurance Program.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to understand flood zone designations and the components of flood maps, and they will be able to explain the impacts of flood zone designations and mapping for site development and community planning.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to reference federal, state and local floodplain regulations and explain how they impact building construction and improvement.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to request Letters of Map Changes, which reflect flood designations, and learners will be able to use flood maps, NFIP’s technical guidance and advisory documents to plan for future conditions.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site evaluations and understanding of the critical role of floodplains

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 10/03/2025

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.