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 standards, as of 1 December 2013, the Aeronautical Meteorological Services (AMS) should ensure that their aeronautical metrological personnel (AMP), both forecasters and observers, meet WMO competence standards for aviation meteorological forecasting and observing personnel. To meet these requirements, Members will be expected to provide evidence of their aeronautical personnel’s 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 could be used as the basis for the develop,ment of national competency ass
The qualification requirements for the AMF are currently promulgated as recommended practice, but will become standards 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 Regions. The last training was for Region III, South America, in November 2014 (see more details on the meetings page).