Natural Resources

Efficiently and responsibly managing and protecting our water and land resources for the sustainability, health, safety, and economic benefit of the State of Arkansas

UPDATED! Training and Workshops


Please note the following workshop cancellations:

  • The two-day Introduction to the Community Rating System Workshop scheduled March 17th and 18th in Fort Smith, Arkansas has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for later this year.  The cancellation is in recognition of out-of-state travel bans; more than one-third of the registrants were travelling from outside Arkansas.  
  • The one-day Floodplain Administrator Accreditation Workshop in Hope scheduled for March 17th has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled for later this summer.   
  • The one-day Floodplain Administrator Accreditation Workshop in Arkadelphia scheduled for March 24th has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled for later this summer.  The host site, Henderson State, has closed in proactive response to health concerns. 

Your cooperation and patience are greatly appreciated.   

2020 Workshop Schedule

The Floodplain Management Section of the Natural Resources Division, along with the Arkansas Floodplain Management Association (AFMA) and other organizations, provides training for local Floodplain Administrators.  Act 745 of 2003 requires that each community participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) appoints a Floodplain Administrator who is accredited by the Commission.  Floodplain Administrators are required to attend eight (8) hours of continuing education every 12 months. Communities that fail to ensure that their Floodplain Administrator recieves the required training may be put on probation or suspended from the NFIP program.  

Below is a list and description of training approved for renewal of accreditation.  Other training may be acceptable if it is approved in advance by Commission staff.  

In 2020, the Floodplain Management Section will sponsor three training opportunities:

Details are provided below.

Floodplain Administrator Accreditation Workshops

Click here to download registration form.

The Floodplain Management Section provides 12 one-day workshops across the state each year to help communities and their Floodplain Administrators obtain required training.  All Arkansas communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program [NFIP] must have  at least one floodplain administrator on staff attend this training. It is suggested that a second staff person also attend, however, it is not required.

These workshops are appropriate for both experienced and new floodplain administrators.  The workshops give local floodplain administrators an opportunity to ask questions and be updated on important activities and changes in floodplain management, the NFIP, new flood maps, and other issues.

The registration form for the workshops can be downloaded HERE A separate form should be used for each person registering for a workshop. 

The workshop dates and locations:

February 25Little RockNatural Resources Division [formerly ANRC]
101 East Capitol, Suite 350
Little Rock AR 72201
March 3Hot SpringsTransportation Depot
101 Broadway Street
Hot Springs, AR 71901
March 17Hope [CANCELLED]University of Arkansas Community College at Hope
Southwest Arkansas Education Coop
2502 South Main Street
Hope, AR 71801
March 24Arkadelphia [CANCELLED]Henderson State
Caplinger Airway Academic Center
586 North 10th Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71999
April 7Pope CountyRussellville
Exact address to be announced soon
April 21NewportNewport Economic Development Commission
201 Hazel Street
Newport, AR 72112
May 12Washington CountyFayetteville Exact address to be announced soon
May 13Van BurenCrawford County Department of Emergency Management
1820 Chestnut Street
Van Buren, AR 72956
May 19Mountain ViewOzark Folk Center State Park
Skillet Restaurant
1032 Park Avenue
Mountain View, AR 72560
July 8JonesboroCrowley's Ridge Nature Center
600 E Lawson Rd
Jonesboro, AR 72404
July 14Jefferson CountyPine Bluff
Exact address to be announced soon
July 21Monroe CountyClarendon
Exact address to be announced soon

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Managing Floodplain Development Through The National Flood Insurance Program (2020)

MARCH 9-12, 2020
Natural Resources Division
101 East Capitol Street, Suite 350
St. Francis Room
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

The Natural Resources Division [formerly Arkansas Natural Resources Commission], with the assistance of the Arkansas Floodplain Management Association (AFMA) and the support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will sponsor Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program, a four (4) day course on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and floodplain management.  The course will be held at the ANRC Offices, March 9-12, 2020. This course provides local communities with the knowledge and skills to help manage development within flood-prone areas.

The course is FREE. However, participants must furnish their own lodging, meals and transportation. Contact the Natural Resources Division [NRD] for a list of nearby hotels. 

Those wishing to attend the course must obtain a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID) and complete the course application form (FEMA Form 119-25-2). For instructions on obtaining the SID, go to Once you have completed the form, mail, fax or email the form to Whit Montague at the address below. This course is limited to 30 students, so apply early to reserve your space.

For those interested in becoming a nationally-recognized Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), please visit the Arkansas Floodplain Management Association website for more information at A CFM exam will be given on Friday, March 13th, from 1 PM – 4 PM.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Whit Montague at 501-682-3969 or

Email, fax or mail your course application to:

NFIP Class
Natural Resources Division
101 E. Capitol, Suite 350
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-1611
FAX: 501-682-3991