Continuing Education Credits

The Natural Hazards Workshop is now able to offer preapproved education credits for Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) and Certified or Associate Emergency Managers (CEM/AEM).

Certified Floodplain Manager Education Credits
Workshop attendance will count as 12 pre-approved continuing education credits under the Association of State Floodplain Managers’ Certified Floodplain Manager Program.

Certified or Associate Emergency Manager Contact Hours
Workshop attendance will count as 23 contact hours toward the Certified or Associate Emergency Managers under the International Association of Emergency Managers Certification Program.

Continuing education can be used for certification renewal by both organizations. Those aspiring to attain their AEM or CEM status can also use the contact hours to count towards their initial qualification.

How to Use Workshop Attendance for Continuing Education

When signing in at registration in the Atrium of the Omni Interlocken Hotel, please inform the staff that you’d like to document your attendance for continuing education credit. Attendance certificates will be available to pick up in the registration area after 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday or throughout the day on Wednesday.

For questions about continuing education credits at the Workshop, please contact the Natural Hazards Center.


Continuing Education Credit Coordinator: Oluponmile Olonilua, Texas Southern University

Ponmile Olonilua is an associate professor in the Political Science Department at Texas Southern University where she was the first doctoral candidate to receive a PhD in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy in 2006. Olonilua was a Mary Fran Myers Scholarship award winner in 2009; which allowed her to attend her first Natural Hazards Workshop that year. She has been a regular attendee every year since. She is now the Continuing Education Credit Coordinator for the Natural Hazards Workshop, a Board Member of the Natural Hazards Mitigation Association, and a member of the Texas Floodplain Managers Association. Olonilua teaches emergency management and homeland security at Texas Southern University and is a certified floodplain manager. Olonilua is also a hazard mitigation/floodplain management plan reviewer for Community Rating System credits with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). She has published her research in several journals including the Journal of Emergency Management, Journal of Risks, Hazards, Crisis, and Public Policy, and World Health and Medical Policy.