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Chartered Meteorologist Scheme: Full Details

The aim of accreditation is to provide a professional qualification in meteorology which will satisfy clients and employers that individuals have reached a specified level of knowledge and experience.

The requirement for accreditation is seen in areas of work where meteorologists, and those working in closely related sciences such as hydrology and physical oceanography, are providing services, usually for those who are not specialists in these subjects. It is for this reason that communication skills are explicitly required, in addition to the standards of technical expertise, proven experience and probity.

A requirement for accreditation is that individuals should show themselves to be conversant with current best practice. Members who have been accredited will periodically be asked for evidence that they continue to meet this requirement.

The Society does not provide any guarantee of the quality of individual work by Chartered Meteorologists. Chartered Meteorologists who provide professional services on their own behalf to third parties are responsible for their own professional indemnity cover.

1. Qualification

To qualify for accreditation, a candidate must satisfy the Society as to his/her

  • i. scientific background
  • ii. knowledge of meteorological science and practice
  • iii. experience and judgement
  • iv. ability to communicate clearly in English
  • v. probity.


2.1 Scientific background

  • 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.

2.2 Knowledge of meteorological science and practice

  • 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.

2.3 Experience and judgement

  • 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.

2.4 Ability to communicate clearly in English

  • 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 would be appropriate.


2.5 Probity

  • 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.  

Administrative Structure

Council oversees the accreditation scheme and has appointed an Accreditation Board to manage it.

The Accreditation Board is responsible to Council for managing the scheme and for recommending acceptance or rejection of applicants. It will arrange:

  • i. Interviewing Panels to examine individual applicants and
  • ii. A Course Evaluation Panel to examine courses claimed to satisfy the various criteria of the scheme.


3.1 Constitution of the Accreditation Board

  • i.There are eight members of the Accreditation Board, appointed by Council.
  • ii. The Chairman is a member of Council with Officer status.
  • iii. 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.
  • iv.The Board has power to co-opt on to any Panel persons who are not members of the Accreditation     Board. Membership of the Society is not a prerequisite of co-option.
  • v. Of the original eight Board Members:
    • two are appointed for a two-year term
    • two are appointed for a three-year term
    • two are appointed for a four-year term
    • two are appointed for a five-year term.
  • vi. Subsequently Board Members are normally appointed for a four-year term. At the discretion of Council any Board Member may be reappointed.

  • vii. 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.


3.2 Procedures of the Accreditation Board

  • i. Five or more Board Members constitute a quorum at Board meetings.
  • ii. Decisions of the Board put to the vote require a majority of votes cast. In the event of a tie the Chairman is empowered to give a casting vote.


3.3 Interview Panels (IPs)

  • i. IPs consist of a minimum of three, and normally four, members.
  • ii. Each IP will be broadly based as between 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.
  • iii. A member of the Accreditation Board will be appointed as chairman of each IP.


3.4 Course Evaluation Panel (CEP)

  • i. The CEP will consist of a minimum of four members.
  • ii. The CEP will include at least two members experienced in professional training or higher education in meteorology.
  • iii. A member of the Accreditation Board will be appointed as chairman of the CEP.
  • iv. 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, as indicated in 4.1 below. 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.


4.1 Procedure for accreditation

  • i. Application forms and guidance notes are obtained from the Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society.
  • ii. The completed application form, with copies of certificates and the non-returnable evaluation fee, is sent to the Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society.
  • iii. 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.
  • iv. Applications are considered at the regular meetings of the Board, held at convenient intervals after the closing dates. Membership of Interviewing and Course Evaluation Panels is decided and a provisional timetable for interviews is drawn up. Only in very exceptional circumstances may the requirement for an interview be waived.
  • v. 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.
  • vi. 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 Accreditation Board through the Executive Secretary of the Society.
  • vii. Interviews are held, and the Interview Panels report to the Accreditation Board, as does the Course Evaluation Panel.
  • viii. Recommendations are made to Council by the Board, acting on all the information received.
  • ix. Council ratifies the Board's recommendations or amends them. Individuals are notified. 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.
  • x. Any appeal against a decision must be made in writing to Council through the Executive Secretary 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.
  • xi. 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.
  • xii. The list of newly accredited Chartered Meteorologists is sent to the Press periodically. A list of Chartered Meteorologists is maintained by the Executive Secretary.


4.2 Procedure for renewal

  • i. Renewal of accreditation is on an annual basis. The annual renewal fee is indicated on the Society's Annual Subscription form.
  • ii. Requests for renewal must be accompanied by a statement from the individual certifying continued professional activity.
  • iii. At five-yearly intervals from the date of original accreditation fresh evidence will be sought to confirm that the individual continues to merit accreditation.


4.3 Procedure for disciplinary action

  • i. If the Society receives a written complaint against a Chartered Meteorologist, this is investigated by the Accreditation Board.
  • ii. Evidence to be considered includes that from the Chartered Meteorologist against whom the complaint is made.
  • iii. Disciplinary action including withdrawal of accreditation is recommended when appropriate by the Accreditation Board to Council which ratifies or amends the recommendation.
  • iv. 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.

Code of Conduct

Chartered Meteorologists of the Royal Meteorological Society are expected to abide by the following Code of Conduct. Only individuals who intend to abide by this code should apply for accreditation. Actions contrary to this code will provide grounds for the accreditation of an individual to be discontinued. This Code of Conduct is additional to and does not take the place of any Code of Ethics to which the Chartered Meteorologist may already be subject. Chartered Meteorologists must:

  • i. conduct themselves in such a manner as to reflect distinction on their profession and the Society
  • ii. be conversant with current best practice, endeavouring to keep abreast of relevant scientific and technical developments, and striving to improve their professional abilities
  • iii. where confidentiality and commercial constraints allow, be prepared to pass on their knowledge to colleagues and subordinates and to make new findings widely available through appropriate publications and presentations
  • iv. not take credit knowingly for work done by others, giving credit where credit is due in publications or meetings
  • v. base their practice on demonstrably sound scientific principles applied in a scientific manner
  • vi. refrain from making exaggerated or unwarranted claims and statements
  • vii. refer requests for services which are beyond or outside the scope of their professional capabilities to those properly qualified
  • viii. comply with relevant national and international law
  • ix. fully advise clients as to the likelihood of success before undertaking work for them
  • x. accept payment only as agreed in their terms of agreement with their employer
  • xi. respect all agreements on confidentiality into which they have freely entered
  • xii. refrain from engaging in activities generally recognised as being detrimental to, or incompatible with, the general public welfare
  • xiiiuse the name of the Society only when duly authorised.