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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

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)
  • Revision of a Standard that requires an aeronautical meteorological forecaster (AMF) to have successfully completed the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M) to describe qualifications for aeronautical meteorological forecasters and observers, consistent with the Basic Instruction Packages. (Paragraph 1.2.1.1)
  • Addition of a Note to clarify that forecasters and observers includes personnel with responsibility for providing an aeronautical meteorological service at the national, regional or global level. (Paragraph 1.2.1.1)
  • Addition of a Note to describe that national and/or regional bodies may require additional and/or higher levels of qualification(s) for operational aeronautical meteorological personnel. (Paragraph 1.2.1.1)
  • Addition of a Note to describe that aeronautical meteorological service delivery specialisms such as (but not limited to) volcanic hazards and space weather may require the successful completion of additional and/or alternative qualification frameworks to underpin the required competencies of the personnel delivering operational services in such specialist areas. (Paragraph 1.2.1.1)

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 level of qualification(s) necessary to underpin the required competencies of operational aeronautical meteorological forecasters and observers is to be consistent with the relevant educational framework, background skills and knowledge described in the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M) and the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorological Technicians (BIP-MT).
  • 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.
  • Addition [in the regional variations section] of the record keeping requirements.
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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