To qualify for accreditation as a CMet, a candidate must satisfy the Society as to their
The normal requirement is a UK or other EU degree in any science, engineering or computational subject or a non-EU equivalent. An alternative qualification may be accepted in the case of someone with considerable relevant practical experience.
A minimum level of knowledge of meteorology is required. This would normally be provided by specialist university courses at first degree or higher degree level or by professional training but extensive practical experience may be an alternative. In each category, a list of approved courses will be held by the Society. In the case of a qualification not already approved, evaluation will be undertaken by a Course Evaluation Panel nominated by the Accreditation Board. Knowledge of sources of information and data, and of current practices and procedures, will be evaluated from referees' reports and by interview.
A minimum of five years recent work at an appropriate professional level is required. Successful completion of a Masters degree course in a relevant specialisation may count as one year of work: completion of a PhD in meteorology may count as two years. Referees will also be asked to comment on a candidate's ability to analyse material logically and to comment on the candidate's experience and judgement.
Evidence of the ability to communicate in English, orally and in writing, is required. Ability to communicate orally is assessed during an interview within which a candidate may be asked to make a brief oral presentation. Ability to communicate in writing is to be shown by the submission of published papers, reports, theses, etc. Unless their submitted papers meet this requirement, applicants will be asked to write a paper of up to 2000 words on an agreed meteorological subject. Something in the style of an article for Weather.
Referees will be expected to vouch for the character and honesty of applicants. Before acceptance applicants are required to agree explicitly to conform to the Code of Conduct .
The Council of the Society oversees the accreditation scheme and has established an Accreditation Board to manage this. The Accreditation Board is responsible to Council and recommends acceptance or rejection of applicants. The final decision lies with Council.
The Accreditation Board will arrange:
Normally, there are eight members of the Accreditation Board, who are appointed by Council. The Chairman of the Board is a member of Council. The Secretary to the Accreditation Board is the Society's Chief Executive.
Not more than four members of the Board are employed by any one employing organisation. Board appointments aim to provide a balance of specialisms which will enable Panels to be selected to best advantage. The Board has power to co-opt on to any Panel persons who are not members of the Accreditation Board and Membership of the Society is not a prerequisite of co-option.
Board Members are normally appointed for a four-year term. These appointments are staggered to ensure continuity. At the discretion of Council any Board Member may be reappointed. If a Board Member retires early or becomes ineligible, a new appointee will be asked to complete the term of office of the person retiring.
Five or more Board Members constitute a quorum at Board meetings. Decisions of the Board put to the vote require a straight majority of votes cast. In the event of a tie the Chairman is empowered to give a casting vote.
IPs consist of a minimum of three, and normally four, members. Each IP will be broadly based to represent the theoretical and applied aspects of meteorology and shall include a member familiar with at least one of the applicant's declared areas of specialisation. A member of the Accreditation Board will be appointed as chairman of each IP.
The CEP will consist of a typically of four members. The CEP will include members experienced in professional training or higher education in meteorology. A member of the Accreditation Board will be appointed as chairman of the CEP. Recognition of individual courses as providing the requisite level of academic education and practical training is dependent upon the Panel receiving adequate information from the organisation providing the course. The CEP will take all reasonable steps to obtain the information but, if information has not been received one month in advance of the date for an interview, the CEP will inform the IP of this fact and advise that the interview be delayed.
Application forms and guidance notes are obtained from the Secretary to the Accreditation Board and completed forms should be forwarded to the Secretary. Copies of applications are distributed to members of the Accreditation Board and references called for. Initially, two Board Members are asked to evaluate all available evidence. Applications are considered at the regular meetings of the Board. Membership of Interviewing and Course Evaluation Panels is decided, if required, and a provisional timetable for interviews is drawn up. Only in very exceptional circumstances may the requirement for an interview be waived.
Where academic or professional courses are quoted which are not included in the Society's list of approved courses, the Accreditation Board will ask the organisation responsible for the course to provide the details of their syllabus, timetables, examination papers, their methods of assessment and available evidence of external evaluation of the course. This information must be provided in English. If the information is not available in time to assist in the evaluation of the individual application the Board may seek other advice or may delay consideration of the application.
Applicants are advised of the arrangements for interview and of the composition of the Interview Panel. If there are challenges to the composition of the Interview Panel they should be registered with the Secretary to the Accreditation Board no later than 14 days ahead of the scheduled interview. Following the interview, the Interview Panel reports to the Accreditation Board together with any input from the Course Evaluation Panel as required. Recommendations are made to Council by the Board, acting on all the information received.
Council ratifies the Accreditation Board's recommendations or amends them. Individuals are then notified of the outcome. The Board may offer guidance to applicants at this stage but normally, following notification of Council decisions, neither the Board nor its members will enter into any correspondence or communication arising from an unsuccessful application. Any appeal against a decision must be made in writing to Council through the Secretary to the Accreditation Board within two months of notification of Council's decision. In this event Council convenes an ad hoc committee of past or present Officers of the Society to review the circumstances and report back to Council, whose decision is then final.
A list of newly accredited Chartered Meteorologists is published in the Society's newsletter: if no objections are raised in writing to the Accreditation Board within two months of publication of this list the accreditations automatically become effective. If an objection is raised the Accreditation Board will reconsider the case, including any new evidence put before it. The list of newly accredited Chartered Meteorologists is sent to the Press periodically. A list of Chartered Meteorologists is maintained by the Society and made public through the Society's website.
Renewal of accreditation is on an annual basis. Requests for renewal must be accompanied by a statement from the individual certifying continued professional activity. At three-yearly intervals from the date of original accreditation, fresh evidence will be sought to confirm that the individual continues to merit accreditation, through the completion of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) return. This will be reviewed by the Accreditation Board and the continuing status of CMet re-affirmed if appropriate.
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If the Society receives a written complaint against a Chartered Meteorologist (which should be sent to the Secretary to the Accreditation Board), this is investigated by the Accreditation Board. Evidence to be considered includes that from the Chartered Meteorologist against whom the complaint is made. Disciplinary action including withdrawal of accreditation is recommended when appropriate by the Accreditation Board to Council which ratifies or amends the recommendation. Appeal against disciplinary action may be made within two months of the notification of the Council decision. The appeal is heard by an ad hoc committee of Past Officers of the Society appointed by Council. The committee reviews the evidence and reports back to Council, whose decision is then final.