After the Exam

Exam Results

Your exam results are presented to you on screen immediately after you finish the exam. You will also receive a post-exam email from Meazure Learning with instructions for how to download your score report. If you pass the exam, you will receive a letter detailing how to keep your CFM and a certificate to display. If you do not pass, your score report should help you focus your study efforts to retake the exam. Do not get discouraged if you did not pass, this is a challenging test designed to make sure candidates have extensive knowledge of floodplain management. Many candidates do not pass their first time. 

Exam Retake

If a person fails the certification exam, he or she may take the exam over again at any time during the next twelve months. A retake exam fee will be charged along with a retake application. A person taking the exam after the twelve months expire must apply as a new applicant for certification and pay the regular certification application fee. 

Maintaining your Certification

Initial certification is good until January 31 or July 31 two years after passing the exam. At the end of the two-year period, a CFM must submit an application to the IAFSM administrator for biennial renewal. The biennial renewal shall include:

  • A portal to update the CFM’s credentials;
  • Documentation that the required Continuing Education Policy has been met; and
  • Payment of the renewal fee. 


Once you have passed the exam, we urge you to use the initials “CFM” after your name to signify this important status. The title CFM is a registered trademark of ASFPM and available only to ASFPM approved Certified Floodplain Managers in good standing.

Make sure to frame and display your CFM certificate. You can order a stamp to affix to documents to show approval of floodplain action within the document. There is also lapel pin you can order to wear. Visit ASFPM’s website to order these.

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