In 2011, the World Meteorological Congress requested that Technical Commissions place a high priority on preparing competency standards for core-job tasks in their area of specialization. Following the example of the Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology (CAeM) whose qualification requirements were approved that year by Congress, other Technical Commissions have made progress and competency frameworks are now available for marine weather forecasters, public weather service forecasters and advisors, training providers and personnel involved in operating and exploiting the WMO Information System (WIS).
The competency frameworks will be introduced into the WMO Technical Regulations, which define standards and recommended practices for services and for taking observations and creating, sharing and accessing meteorological, climatologic and hydrological data. Institutions supplying education and training opportunities to the personnel of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services are also encouraged to adjust their training courses and programmes to better support the competency frameworks. Academic and training institutions should check their courses against The Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M) and Basic Instruction Package for Meteorological Technicians (BIP-MT), which provide the global standards for their students to be recognized as WMO Meteorologists or Meteorological Technicians. (Please refer to WMO publication No. 1083 - Manual on the Implementation of Education & Training Standards in Meteorology & Hydrology)
A review of the BIPs is planned to start in 2018, but is not expected to lead to major changes.
Links to the Competency Frameworks will be made available as they are introduced into the WMO Technical Regulations.