Minnesota Training Opportunities

One Day Floodplain and Shoreland Management for Local Officials, Surveyors/Engineers, Realtors, Agents

Floodplain and Shoreland Management Training is a free one-day course designed for local officials, surveyors and engineers, realtors, insurance agents, and other interested citizens. The 2016 sessions include both general and specialized topics:

  • Floodplain program history, definitions & basic regulations
  • Floodplain map basics
  • Flood insurance basics (including the 2012 & 2015 federal law updates)
  • Ordinance administration & zoning basics
  • Estimating base flood elevations in A zones
  • Higher regulatory standards
  • Shoreland management basics and special shoreland topics (nonconformities, previous pavement, PUDs, new buffer law)
  • Higher standards for shoreland and floodplain management
  • Variances in Shoreland and floodplain

Upcoming training session dates are:

  • March 10, 2016 - Brainerd
    Central Lakes Community College
    Room C200 and C228
    501 W College Drive
    Brainerd, MN 56401
  • March 15 - Thief River Falls
    DOT and DNR Office
    246 125th Ave NE
    Thief River Falls, MN 56701
  • March 16 - Sauk Rapids
    City of Sauk Rapids Government Center
    250 Summit Ave N
    Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
  • March 17 - Duluth
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Mid-Continent Ecology Division
    6201 Congdon Blvd
    Duluth, MN 55804
  • April 12 - Windom
    DNR Area Office
    175 Cty Rd 26
    Windom, MN 56101
  • April 13 - Marshall
    Merit Center
    1001 W Erie Rd
    Marshall, MN 56258
  • April 14 - East Metro
    3535 Vadnais Center Dr
    Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
  • April 19 - Winona
    Winona County Government Center
    177 Main St
    Winona, MN 55987
  • April 21 - West Metro
    WSB & Associates
    701 Xenia Ave S
    Suite 300
    St. Louis Park, MN 55416

The sessions run from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with registration at 8:30 am. Two tracks will be offered so those attending can choose to cover basics or more advanced topics.

To sign up for the training, e-mail ceil.strauss@state.mn.us or call Ceil at 651-259-5713.

Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM)

For classes available from HSEM and upcoming training dates, please visit their training website at https://app.dps.mn.gov/HSEM_Training/view_class_list.asp


Minnesota Association of Floodplain Managers (MnAFPM)

The 2016 MnAFPM conference will be held in St. Cloud. The MnAFPM annual conference attendees consist of federal, state and local government officials, planners, engineers, consultants, researchers, educators, watershed organizations, realtors, appraisers, and insurance agents. The conference agenda will focus on hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, recovery programs, flood control projects, stream restorations, case studies and mapping.

Trainings and breakout sessions will occur on November 16 and 17 with an opportunity to take the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) test on Friday, November 18. There will also be a field tour of local flood projects on Wednesday afternoon. Visit the conference website for more information.


Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)

ASFPM has an online training program and training is added regularly. See http://www.floods.org/n-calendar/webinars.asp for more information.


EMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

E273: Managing Floodplain Development through the NFIP.   Emmitsburg, MD.  This is a basic NFIP four day course that lays the foundation for working with the NFIP in application in the field, and is targeted for local, Tribal, State and Federal Floodplain Managers.  Topics covered include outreach, mapping (risk determination), rules and regulations, permitting, elevation certificate, substantial damage and substantial improvement, flood insurance and legal issues as well as other important topics.

E157: Hazard Mitigation Community Education and Outreach Specialist Qualifying Course.  Emmitsburg, MD.  This course provides the opportunity for Hazard Mitigation Community Education and Outreach Specialists to attain the knowledge and skills needed to demonstrate the behaviors/ activities in their Position Task Books and to perform tasks that will be required during a disaster operation.

E158: Hazard Mitigation Community Planner Specialist Qualifying Course.  Emmitsburg, MD.  The goal of this course is to provide the opportunity for Hazard Mitigation (HM) Community Planner Specialists to attain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully demonstrate the behaviors/ activities in their Position Task Books and to perform tasks that will be required during a disaster operation.

EMI also offers many more courses in Emmitsburg, around the country and through webinar training opportunities on line.  For additional information on EMI classes and webinars, please visit EMI's website at www.training.fema.gov/EMICourses/.