Proposed Amendment to WMO's Qualification and Competency Requirements for Aeronautical Meteorological Personnel

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Proposed Amendment to WMO's Qualification and Competency Requirements for Aeronautical Meteorological Personnel

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Last updated: 29 September 2022

Background

The Standing Committee on Services for Aviation (SC-AVI), with assistance from its Expert Team on Education, Training and Competency (ET-ETC), has determined that the existing aeronautical meteorological personnel (AMP) qualification and competency requirements defined in WMO-No. 49, Volume I and, in the case of competency, elaborated by guidance in WMO-No. 1209, are not wholly suited to aeronautical meteorological specialisms such as volcanic ash, space weather and tropical cyclones. Indeed, aeronautical meteorological service providers with responsibility to maintain a continuous watch over such phenomena in their area of responsibility presently have little or no means to demonstrate how their specialist aeronautical meteorological forecasters (AMF) fully comply with WMO’s prevailing qualification and competency requirements.

WMO's introduction of the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M) as a standard prerequisite qualification was decided in 2011 and entered into force in 2016. It was introduced to force a minimum standard of quality in aeronautical meteorological service provision, in recognition of the view that the application of competencies was still developing maturity globally. With increasing emphasis on the evolving role of Aeronautical Meteorological Personnel (AMP) in response to service delivery transformation, consideration has once again turned to the necessity for aeronautical meteorological service providers to adopt a Quality Management System (QMS), and hence increase compliance with competency standards. Therefore, there is a need to shift the focus away from the prerequisite learning outcomes as contained in the BIP-M, toward a skilled and job-ready workforce that is described by the competency frameworks.

Consequently, SC-AVI has prepared a proposed amendment to Part V of the Technical Regulations (WMO-No. 49), Volume I, General Meteorological Standards and Recommended Practices and update to Section 2.2 of the Compendium of WMO Competency Frameworks (WMO-No. 1209). SC-AVI considers that the proposed changes will provide a more pragmatic and flexible approach for WMO Members to demonstrate evidence of how the underpinning knowledge and skills required to attain the respective AMP competency. SC-AVI also recognizes that in the short term, successful completion of the Basic Instruction Packages, is the easiest way to demonstrate a candidate possesses the underpinning skills and knowledge described in the respective competency framework.

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Latest Developments including 'Drop-In' Information Sessions

Through Recommendation 4 (SC-AVI-2) the Standing Committee on Services for Aviation provided its endorsement of the proposed amendment to WMO-No. 49, Volume I and update to WMO-No. 1209 and formulated a draft recommendation for the Services Commission (SERCOM) and a draft resolution for the World Meteorological Congress (Cg) in this regard. [The Final Report of SC-AVI-2 and Addendum No. 1 to the Final Report of SC-AVI-2 available here refer.]

Ahead of SERCOM-2 (17-21 October 2022), WMO Members were invited to participate in 90-minute drop-in 'question and answer (Q&A)' online information sessions to discuss questions or impacts relating to the draft recommendation. These sessions were convened across all six WMO Regional Associations on 20, 21 and 22 September 2022. Cumulatively, the three sessions were attended by approximately 160 participants from nearly 90 countries. 

Recordings of the information sessions are available via the following links:

RA I (Africa) and RA VI (Europe): Tuesday 20 September 2022, 1100-1230 UTC

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Note: Playback will expire on 19 November 2022

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RA II (Asia) and RA V (South-West Pacific): Wednesday 21 September 2022, 0400-0530 UTC

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Note: Playback will expire on 20 November 2022

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RA III (South America) and RA IV (North America, Central America and the Caribbean): Thursday 22 September 2022, 1600-1730 UTC

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Note: Playback will expire on 21 November 2022

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A copy of the presentation delivered during the information sessions by the ET-ETC co-chairs is available here:

Information Session Presentation delivered to RAs I/VI, RA II/V and RAs III/IV on 20, 21 and 22 September 2022 respectively CLICK HERE to download a PDF copy of the presentation ppt-orange

 

Please Note: A side-event (in-person only) on this important topic will also be held during SERCOM-2 (17-21 October 2022). More information available on the SERCOM-2 website here.

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Proposed Amendment

The following provides a high-level summary of the proposed amendments to Technical Regulations (WMO-No. 49), Volume I, and WMO-No. 1209 respectively. For details on the changes, refer to the PDF documents below.

A summary of the proposed changes to WMO-No. 49, Volume I, Part V: QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Removal of a Recommendation that WMO Members should decide, in light of their national circumstances, whether higher or more specific qualification requirements to those currently prescribed in WMO-No. 49, Volume I, Part V should be established for certain categories of operational personnel. (Paragraph 1.1.3)
  • Addition of a Recommendation that the necessary level of qualification(s) required for each category of operational personnel, including for aeronautical meteorological personnel (AMP), should be determined by the WMO Member based on relevant national, regional and/or global requirements. (Paragraph 1.1.2 and 1.2.1.1)
  • Removal of a Standard that requires an aeronautical meteorological forecaster (AMF) to possess the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M). (Paragraph 1.2.1.1)
  • Addition of a Note that the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M) and the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorological Technicians (BIP-MT) provide essential guidance on the pre-requisite educational frameworks, background skills, and knowledge necessary to underpin the required competencies for AMP. (Paragraph 1.2.1.1)

Changes to the qualification requirements defined in the technical regulations need to be reflected in WMO-No.1209.

Summary of proposed changes to WMO-No. 1209, Section 2 COMPETENCIES (SECOND-LEVEL):

  • Removal of reference [in the regional variations section] that an aeronautical meteorological forecaster (AMF) is required to possess the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M).
  • Addition of reference [in the regional variations section] that the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M) and the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorological Technicians (BIP-MT) provide essential guidance on the pre-requisite educational frameworks, background skills, and knowledge necessary to underpin the required competencies for AMP.
  • Addition of reference [in the regional variations section] that the aeronautical meteorological office or centre should record evidence that the AMP responsible for the provision of its services have completed the necessary formal learning or courses of study to demonstrate they possess the background skills and knowledge, as described in the relevant competency framework.
To download a PDF copy of the proposed amendment to the Technical Regulations (WMO-No. 49), Volume I, General Meteorological Standards and Recommended Practices please click on the icon below To download a PDF copy of the proposed update to the Compendium of WMO Competency Frameworks (WMO-No. 1209) please click on the icon below
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Next Steps

The proposed amendment to the Technical Regulations (WMO-No. 49), Volume I and update to Compendium of WMO Competency Frameworks (WMO-No. 1209) will be considered by WMO Members during the Second Session of the Services Commission (SERCOM-2, 17 to 21 October 2022). SERCOM-2 will be invited to adopt a recommendation in this regard for the World Meteorological Congress. The Nineteenth Session of the World Meteorological Congress (Cg-19) will take place from 22 May to 3 June 2023.

If the proposed changes are adopted by Cg-19, they will be duly published by WMO in the second-half of 2023 and accessible via the WMO e-Library.

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Information Sheets

The following two information sheets pertaining to the changes to the AMP qualification and competency requirements contained in WMO-No. 49, Volume I and WMO-No. 1209 are available for download (in English only):

To download a PDF copy of the AMP qualification information sheet please click on the icon below To download a PDF copy of the AMP competencies information sheet, please click on the icon below
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Discussion Forum

A Discussion Forum is available for WMO Members to ask questions not represented in the frequently asked questions (FAQs) pertaining to the proposed amendments to the Technical Regulations (WMO-No. 49), Volume I and WMO-No.1209. The forums also provide an opportunity for WMO Members to discuss the impacts of the proposed amendments on their respective services. The forums are moderated by members of the ET-ETC.

Direct access to the forums is available here. Please note that to engage in the forum, participants will be required to login to the site. The login screen provides an opportunity to create an account, if needed. If you have any difficulties accessing the forums, please contact the WMO Secretariat (aviation@wmo.int).

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

ET-ETC has prepared responses to series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) pertaining to the proposed amendment to the qualification and competency requirements of aeronautical meteorological personnel.

Please CLICK HERE to view and download these FAQs.

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Feedback Form

ET-ETC, in partnership with the WMO Secretariat, have created a feedback form for WMO Members relating to the proposed amendments to Technical Regulations (WMO-No. 49), Volume I and guidance (WMO-No. 1209) addressing aeronautical meteorological personnel qualification and competency. The purpose of the feedback form is to gauge WMO Members' understanding of, and willingness to adopt, the proposed changes.

Information provided in the feedback form will be used to compile relevant communication sessions in the lead up to and during SERCOM-2. Information will be collected in accordance with WMO's Privacy Policy.

If you would like to provide your feedback on the proposed amendments please CLICK HERE to complete a Microsoft Form.

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Contact the WMO Secretariat

If you have any questions relating to the proposed amendment to the qualification and competency requirements that have not already been covered by the Information Sheets, the Discussion Forum and/or the Frequently Asked Questions please contact the WMO Secretariat via email: aviation@wmo.int

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