Elevation Certificates and FEMA Flood Insurance Mapping Issues




The full day seminar will cover 2 very important topics:

Elevation Certificates 

If you are already familiar with the Elevation Certificate, this class will keep you up to date with details of the form, section by section, and any new changes resulting from the newest revisions. If you are new to Elevation Certificates, the class will provide enough information to get you started in completing them. We will point out how the form is to be completed while tying it back to its roots in the National Flood Insurance Program, including discussion of Base Flood Elevations and several sample problems to practice completion of the form under a variety of circumstances.

Participants will learn:

  • The various uses of the form and how those uses are reflected in form completion
  • Documenting sources of information entered on the form
  • Distinctions between various building diagrams, and effects on field work

Topics covered:

  • Variety of uses of the Elevation Certificate
  • Terminology and abbreviations associated with the Elevation Certificate and its uses
  • Review of the Elevation Certificate, section by section
  • Relevant Technical Bulletins and other guidance
  • Sources of Base Flood Elevations in Detailed and Approximate flood zones

Grandfathering and Advisory Base Flood Elevations: definitions and uses

FEMA Flood Insurance Mapping Issues


An introduction to National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) mapping, taught by a surveyor who is also a certified floodplain manager and has served on both the first and second Technical Mapping Advisory Councils to FEMA. This practical session includes relevant regulations to round out participants’ understanding of how maps are created, updated, and adopted.

Topics covered:

  • Characteristics of different flooding types and zones shown on NFIP mapping
  • The origins and evolution of NFIP mapping
  • FIRMs, DFIRMs, and RiskMAP products
  • How flood risk and hazard mapping is developed and adopted
  • Standards for digital mapping
  • Letters of Map Amendment and Letters of Map Revision Based on Fill: distinctions and how to submit successful applications

Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Ceu’s: 7 Ceu’s

Tuition: $165.00

This program is appropriate for Engineers and Land Surveyors

Complimentary Continental Breakfast and Gourmet Lunch will be served

Instructor: Wendy Lathrop

Wendy Lathrop, PLS,CFM president and owner of Cadastral Consulting, 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. Wendy is also a Certified Floodplain Manager through the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM).

A former adjunct instructor at Mercer County College in New Jersey, Wendy has also taught as part of the team for the licensing exam review course at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. She has been teaching seminars for surveyors since 1986 and has been writing articles for surveyors since 1983. Wendy is a contributing editor for “The American Surveyor” magazine, and 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 recently completed co–authoring a book entitled Professional Surveyors and Real Property Descriptions: Composition, Construction, and Comprehension, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Wendy represented the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (now the National Society of Professional Surveyors) on the first Technical Mapping Advisory Council to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the five years of that advisory group’s appointment, and presently represents the National Society of Professional Surveyors on the current Technical Mapping Advisory Council. She was a panel member of the National Academy of Public Administration’s study of US Geographic Information resources and of the National Research Council’s study of flood hazard mapping accuracy. Wendy is a past President of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors and of the National Society of Professional Surveyors, and has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association for Geodetic Surveying.

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Thursday March 29, 2018