WMO has the responsibility to establish requirements concerning qualifications and training of aeronautical meteorological personnel (AMP), which comprises aeronautical meteorological forecasters (AMF) and aeronautical meteorological observers (AMO). In addition, WMO is developing competency standards for the core job-tasks in meteorology and the competency standards for the AMP were the first officially adopted such standards by the WMO. The competency and qualification standards and recommended practices are published in the WMO Technical Regulations (WMO-No.49), Volume I - General Meteorological Standards and Recommended Practices, Part II, Chapter 4 and Chapter 5.
According to these technical regulations, since 1 December 2013, aeronautical meteorological services should ensure that their aeronautical metrological personnel (AMP), both forecasters and observers, meet the WMO competence requirements. To meet these requirements, Members are expected to provide evidence of their AMP competence as part of their quality management system. Members will also need to show that their AMP are continuing their professional development. To assist Members, a CAeM Task Team created a Competency Assessment Toolokit, which can be used as the basis for the development of national competency assessment.
The WMO qualification requirements for the aeronautical meteorological forecasters (AMF) were elevated in the WMO technical regulations from a recommended practice to a standard on 1 December 2016.
The CAeM established the Expert Team on Education, Training and Competencies (ET-ETC) and worked in close coordination with the EC Panel on ETR in developing guidance to assist Members in implementing the competency and qualification requirements (click on Education&Training tab for more information).
WMO has organized competency assessment trainings in all WMO Regions. The last training was for Region III, South America, in November 2014 (see more details on the meetings page).
The CAeM ET-ETC and the WMO Education and Training Office (ETR) has jointly prepared a Guide to Competency which was published by WMO in early 2018. The guide meets a great demand within the international community as it includes general material on defining and writing competencies, implementing competency frameworks that meet organizational needs, assessing for competencies, competency-based training and QMS-compliance. Furthermore, the guide will interface with examples of various competency frameworks that already exist or that are being developed in a WMO context (e.g. for aviation, marine, etc.). The WMO Guide to Competency is available via WMO e-Library as publication WMO-No. 1205. Direct link available here.