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

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Last updated: 11 January 2023

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

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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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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

 

A side session on the proposed amendments to the Technical Regulations and associated guidance relating to the qualifications and competencies of aeronautical meteorological personnel was delivered during SERCOM-2. The session concluded the series of information sessions presented to each of the areas represented by the Regional Associations (RAs).

The proposed amendment to the Technical Regulations and associated guidance was formally presented to the Plenary session of SERCOM-2 on Tuesday 18 October 2022. Owing to concerns from some Members regarding the degree of flexibility inherent in the DRAFT1 proposal, a SERCOM-2 drafting committee was established to review and, as necessary, refine the proposal. The drafting committee comprised Members from Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, United States of America plus the Observer from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and was supported by the WMO Secretariat.

The substantive changes made by the drafting committee were subsequently presented to the Plenary session of SERCOM-2 on Friday 21 October 2022, and were duly endorsed through the formulation of Recommendation 5.1(3)/1 (SERCOM-2) available in: English | French | Spanish | Russian | Chinese | Arabic

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