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IS-1103: Elevation Certificate for Surveyors

PLEASE NOTE: These courses are NOT approved for continuing education (CE) credit by any State Department of Insurance.

Upon successfully passing the exam, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement noting CE earned through the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET). Each hour of instruction completed earns 0.1 CE Unit through IACET (.1 CE Unit = one CE). If you are taking a FEMA EMI Independent Study course in order to earn CE, be sure to confirm in advance that your professional board or other preferred entity will accept IACET CE. You can also check IACET's website for a list of entities that accept IACET CE at FEMA accepts IACETs.

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Course Overview

This course provides an in-depth look at the Elevation Certificate (EC) along with relevant resources to answer your questions. This is a four-lesson series for surveyors on how to accurately and thoroughly complete the EC, which helps agents determine the proper flood insurance premium rate. Properly completed EC's also aid local floodplain administrators in determining how high to elevate buildings located in the Special Flood Hazard Area to reduce flood risk.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the purpose of the Elevation Certificate.
  • Explain when the Elevation Certificate is required and learn which supporting documents may be necessary.
  • Identify sections represented within the Elevation Certificate and explain the importance of an accurately and thoroughly completed form.
  • Identify resources that may be used in conjunction with the Elevation Certificate.

Primary Audience

The primary audience for this course is Land Surveyors who may be retained to produce an FEMA NFIP elevation certificate.


Recommended Prerequisites

IS-1105, EC Made Easy, and IS-1102, Theory of Elevation Rating are the recommended prerequisite courses.



Course Length:

2 hours
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  • Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity
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