CRS Training and Webinars

Community Rating System (CRS) Online Training

CRS Webinars

The CRS offers one-hour webinars to help communities understand and meet their CRS requirements.  Many will be recorded, so they can be accessed later. Registration is free but required, as space is limited.  Some courses provide continuing education credits for certified floodplain managers (CFMs).

Link to our list of training. See all of the CRS webinar trainings available on the CRS Resources website.  All webinars begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific.      

Registration:  Click here and type “CRS” in the search field to view webinars that are now open for registration. If you have questions about or suggestions for the CRS Webinar Series, contact


Webinars on the Community Rating System Schedule

The CRS Webinar Series provides both live and on-demand training to communities.  The Series includes basic introductory sessions and more advanced topics, most averaging about an hour in length. All classes 1:00 pm Eastern

January 17Annual CRS Requirements
January 18CRS and Higher Regulatory Standards
February 21Introduction to the CRS
February 22Flood Warning & Response (Activity 610)
March 21Preparing an Verification Visit
March 22Stormwater Management Regulations (Activity 450)
April 18Annual CRS Requirements
April 19CRS & Floodplain Species Assessment

Link to to register.



CRS Elevation Certificate Videos

Links to 8 Videos – Updated April 2022

1. CRS Elevation Certificate Training Series: Section A

2. CRS Elevation Certificate Training Series: Section B

3. CRS Elevation Certificate Training Series: Sections C & D

4. CRS Elevation Certificate Training Series: Sections E & F

5. CRS Elevation Certificate Training Series: Section G

6. CRS Elevation Certificate Training Series: General Issues, Part 1

7. CRS Elevation Certificate Training Series: General Issues, Part 2

8. CRS Elevation Certificate Training Series: How to Correct an Elevation Certificate

Link to the YouTube videos CRS Elevation Certificate Training Series – YouTube.



FEMA In-Person Training

Emergency Management Institute CRS and Floodplain Courses

EMI is the best-kept-secret, and you need to add them to your radar as the nation’s best training opportunity. Their program includes reimbursement for flights and lodging for state and local officials when attending on their Maryland campus. To take a course at EMI, applicants must meet the selection criteria and prerequisites specified for each course. 

  • Floodplain Coordinators encouraged to attend Managing Floodplain Development thru the NFIP (E0273).
  • New CRS coordinators are encouraged to attend the 4-day CRS class (E278).

To learn more about EMI, go to

CRS training opportunities are offered throughout the year at the FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI).  The course is free, and travel expenses are covered for those accepted to the EMI.

Click here for course information and schedules (download the schedule and search for E278).




NFIP/CRS Newsletters

The CRS Update Newsletter is a publication to provide local officials and others interested in the CRS with news they can use.

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