Accreditation as a Chartered Meteorologist (CMet) will assure clients and employers that the individual has reached, and continues to maintain, a high level of competence in their specialist areas of meteorology and has agreed to subscribe to a Code of Conduct laid down by the Society. The scheme is relevant to all professional meteorologists, whether consultants or practising professional meteorologists.
The Royal Meteorologist Chartered Meteorologist Accreditation Scheme is a Chartered Accreditation, identical in concept and scope to chartered accreditation in other professions such as Chartered Accountant, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Architect, Chartered Surveyor etc. It is not an "academic" qualification in the sense that, say, a university degree is.
"The aim of accreditation is to provide a professional qualification in meteorology which will satisfy clients and employers that individuals have reached and continue to maintain a high level of knowledge and experience. A requirement for accreditation is that individuals should show themselves to be conversant with current best practice."
The role of the CMet is to provide the Public, Industry, the Legal Profession or any other customers of Weather Services, with assurance that the advice they are seeking is being provided by those who have attained the highest level of professional performance available in the meteorological industry and, perhaps just as importantly, are maintaining their expertise through an active programme of Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Maintenance of CPD is actively monitored by the Society for all CMets and is something for which evidence has in the past been sought by courts and boards of enquiry. It is in the interests of consumers of meteorological advice and services that they ensure that those who provide it can demonstrate their competence in this way.