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Elevation Certificate Training Now Offered Online

November 6, 2001
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Web-based training module makes it easier to certify building elevations.

Land surveyors, engineers and architects now have available The Surveyor’s Guide to the Elevation Certificate, thanks to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) website hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The web-based module is a new tutorial located at The NFIP website provides a wide range of information about all aspects of floodplain management and flood insurance.

Training workshops on how to use the EC have been offered across the country for land surveyors, engineers, architects (who certify the elevation of buildings), community officials, and for insurance agents (who use elevation information to determine the risk and the insurance premium due by the property owner for protection against flood losses). Now, those who want this training have to travel only as far as their computer to explore the details of the EC.

After accessing the NFIP website, visitors can select from two tutorials about the EC—the module that has just been completed for surveyors, and another module designed for use by insurance agents. The surveyor’s tutorial also was developed to assist the community officials who monitor compliance with the elevation requirements of their communities’ floodplain ordinances.

It takes about half an hour to browse through the new tutorial. At the home page of The Surveyor’s Guide to the Elevation Certificate (, visitors view a short introduction to the EC and then click on three section tabs to move around the site.
Clicking on the “Elevation Certificate” tab allows visitors to view and download an electronic copy of the EC along with instructions in how to complete it.
Clicking on the “Surveyor Video” tab opens a video that briefly describes the process a surveyor follows to establish a building’s elevation points.
Clicking on the “Bldg. Diagrams & Photos” tab displays a series of eight sample building diagrams and representative photos. This section of the tutorial is designed to show surveyors, engineers, and architects where to take the necessary elevation measurements for each building diagram. Navigation tools at the bottom of each page on the site provide information not only for how to move around within the tutorial and how to use each section most effectively, but they also allow visitors to E-mail their questions or comments directly to EC specialists at FEMA.

For more information about the new Surveyor’s Guide to the Elevation Certificate training module, visit the site ( If there are questions about completing the EC, contact the FEMA regional office covering your state. Contact information for each FEMA regional office is accessible at:

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