Chartered Meteorologist (CMet)
Chartered Meteorologist (CMet) is the highest level of professional recognition in meteorology available in UK, no matter which discipline or sector you work in. It is well-respected for reaching and maintaining an outstanding level of professional performance and scientific knowledge, with a specialist area of meteorology.
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, academics or operational meteorologists.
Becoming a Chartered Meteorologist (CMet) benefits you, your employer, your profession, and the public.
- Gain recognition
- Highlight your accomplishments as a meteorologist, for your knowledge, skills and expertise, alongside your academic qualifications.
- Demonstrate your competence
- Whether you’re a new meteorologist or have years of experience, demonstrate a commitment to professional development by recording developmental activities. Ensure you continue to sharpen your skills, and enhance their effectiveness.
- Be a reputable source
- By benchmarking professional meteorologists at the same high level, accreditation aims to re-engage public trust and confidence in meteorologists.
- Career advancement
- Show that you have the competencies beyond those required in your current post. You’ll be part of an extensive community of meteorologists, opening doors for career progression and enhancing your potential.
- Go further
- If you are not ready to apply for CMet, then RMet accreditation paves the way to progressing to CMet. Maintain your CPD record, and work towards becoming a CMet, the highest status that can be achieved in meteorology.
All those working in the science, practice, application, advancement or teaching of meteorology can become accredited, subject to the appropriate combination of qualifications and experience.
A feature of the CMet scheme is that knowledge of meteorological science and practice can be demonstrated by extensive practical experience.
Those not meeting the standard requirements, but who might still be eligible to be accredited, are recommended to view the guidelines in further detail click here
- Degree in any science, engineering or computational subject*
- Knowledge of meteorological science and practice as specified in the WMO BIP-M syllabus (Part II)
- Minimum of five years recent work at an appropriate professional level
- Evidence that the CMet competencies are satisfied
- Ability to communicate clearly in English
- Membership of the Royal Meteorological Society
- Willingness to abide by the code of conduct
- Commitment to continued professional development
If you feel you are close to meeting the requirements above, or are not quite sure, then contact us, for advice and guidance on how to proceed.
*If you have either an alternative degree-equivalent, or lower qualifications, then you may still be accepted if you have sufficient and relevant practical experience.
There are four stages when completing your first application, followed by a renewal every two years.
A tailored framework allows you to easily record developmental activities. You can gradually build on this throughout your career to demonstrate your commitment to professional development.
Step 1: Complete your application
The main parts of the application are recording your CPD activities, writing an appraisal of your career, and providing evidence for how you meet the 5 key competencies. A resume or CV may also be added. Compiling your CPD record can take time, but do not be put off by the first step – completing the remainder of application only takes a few hours.
Step 2: Requirements verified
The Society will check your submission and will seek references from your nominated referees.
Step 3: Interview
The Society will arrange for you to be interviewed by a panel of two assessors. This is not an exam – it’s more of a stimulating peer to peer discussion, that will last about an hour. The interview provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate that you: a) have a good level of specialist knowledge; b) have a broad knowledge of the current national and international context in which meteorological services are provided; and c) meet the competency requirements.
Step 4: Accreditation as CMet
Following the interview, your application will be considered and decided by the Accreditation Board. On becoming a fully accredited meteorologist you will be issued a certificate, and will be eligible to use the post-nominals CMet after your name.
In general, the accreditation process takes approximately 4 months from starting your application to receiving confirmation of successfully completing the process.
Every two year your CPD will need to be renewed. Keeping your CPD record up-to-date during that time will make it easy to generate a report at the time of renewal. You can do this using our ACCSYS tool or simply keep detailed records yourself.
The Society will contact you to request that you submit a CPD Report and the Accreditation Panel will review it. Once approved, you can continuing practising as a CMet.
Frequently Asked Questions
The application fee for CMet is £188.00.
There is an annual renewal fee for CMet of £47.00. You must be a member of the Royal Meteorological Society to apply, so these fees are in addition to membership.
To remain accredited, the renewal fee is due on an annual basis. You will also need to agree to the code of conduct annually, which can be done at the same time as fee payment. In terms of updating your record, CPD reports are required every 2 years.
The Council of the Royal Meteorological Society oversees the accreditation scheme and appoints an Accreditation Board (made up of at least 8 members) to manage it. The Accreditation Board is responsible to Council for recommending acceptance or rejection of an application.
If you to take a career break (e.g. for parental leave or other reasons) for more than six months, you may apply to be placed upon the CMet Dormancy Register. During this period, you maintain a reduced CPD record.
Dormancy requires the payment of a reduced annual fee.
During this period, you cannot use the post-nominal CMet. However when you return from your career break you can re-register for CMet rather than re-applying.
The following fields with Meteorology count as a specialism when applying for CMet:
- Air Pollution Meteorology
- Atmospheric Chemistry
- Atmospheric Modelling
- Aviation Meteorology
- Boundary Layer Meteorology
- Broadcast Meteorology
- Catastrophe Model development and Evaluation
- Catastrophe Risk Analysis
- Chemical Oceanography
- Climatic Change
- Climatology and/or Applied Climatology
- Cloud Physics and/or Chemistry
- Commercial Meteorology
- Customer Relations/Care/Services
- Data Processing
- Dynamical Meteorology
- Education and Training
- Electrical Phenomena
- Forensic Meteorology
- Forest Meteorology
- General Climatology
- Groundwater Hydrology
- Impact Based Forecasting
- Instrumentation and Measurements
- Marine Meteorology
- Meteorological Research Support
- Military Meteorology
- Numerical Analysis or Forecasting
- Physical Oceanography
- Planetary Atmospheres
- Polar Meteorology
- Research Management and Knowledge Transfer
- Satellite Remote Sensing
- Solar Energy/Renewables
- Space Weather
- Statistical Climatology
- Storms (Cyclones, Tornadoes, Tropical, Extra-Tropical)
- Synoptic Meteorology
- Weather Modification
- Wind Engineering
Register of Chartered Meteorologists
Those who have successfully completed the application for Chartered Meteorologist and continue to maintain the standard may use the appellation CMet as a measure of professional competence in meteorology. A Register of all current Chartered Meteorologists can be found here.