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 (WMO publication No. 1083).
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.
Competencies Framework for PWS Forecasters and Advisors
A Competency Framework for Public Weather Service Forecasters and Advisors has been approved by CBS and will be considered at Cg-17 for inclusion into the WMO Tech Regs (WMO No. 49 Vol1) as Recommended Practises. Included are competency requirements for PWS Forecasters; Weather Broadcasters and Communicators; Advisors Engaged in User interaction, Media Liason, and Outreach Activities; Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Weather Advisors; and Persons Engaged in the Innovation, Improvement and Delivery of Meteorological and hydrological Services and Products.
Competency Requirements for Education and Training Providers
The EC Panel of Experts on Education and Training developed the following competency framework for regional and national training personnel. This framework provides recommended practices. Also available is the accompanying Guidelines for Trainers in Meteorological, Hydrological, and Climate Services, which supports development of the competencies.
Competencies for Aeronautical Meteorological Personnel
The Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology has approved competency standards for the education and training of personnel involved in the provision of meteorological services to air The WIS competency framework was approved by the 17th WMO World Meteorological Congress, and will be included in the updated Vol I of WMO-No. 49. The original working documents are available along with their learning guides on the WIS-WIKI.navigation. For more information on the competencies, competency assessment, and supporting training resources, visit the CAeM Moodle site, select Regulatory and Reference Material, login as Guest, and view sections 2 and 3. Also see the Aeronautical Meteorology Programme.
Competency Requirements for operating and exploiting the WMO Information System (WIS)
The WIS competency framework was approved by the 17th WMO World Meteorological Congress, and will be included in the updated Vol I of WMO-No. 49. The original working documents are available along with their learning guides on the WIS-WIKI.
Competencies for Marine Meteorological Personnel
A competency framework for Marine Meteorological and Oceanographic Services has been approved by the 17th WMO World Meteorological Congress, and will be included in the updated Vol 1 of WMO-No. 49. The approved high-level competencies are now available, and the complete competency framework for Marine Weather Forecasters is also made available on the JCOMM site prior to publication.
Competencies for Climate Services Personnel
An expert team of the Commission for Climatology have drafted competencies for personnel involved in providing products and information for national climatogical services.Their draft competencies were reviewed by the commission in July, 2014 and revised in January, 2015. The CCL Management Group will review the competencies for later approval by WMO Executive Council.