Registered Meteorologist (RMet)

Registered Meteorologist (RMet) is a professional qualification awarded by the Royal Meteorological Society for members pursuing a career in meteorology, or working in a role supporting meteorological services.

RMet is an accreditation aimed at early career professionals. It is ideal for meteorologists who seek professional accreditation, and can assist with further career development.

Although many professional meteorologists work in organisations with management structures and offices, the Society welcomes applications for RMet accreditation from individuals who work alone. In these circumstances, the requirements and procedures for the scheme may be adapted on a case-by-case basis to facilitate such applications whilst remaining within the spirit of the scheme as described here.

Benefits

Becoming a RMet 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 many years 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 ensure meteorologists are trusted as a reputable source.
  • 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
    • RMet accreditation paves the way to progressing to Chartered Meteorologist (CMet). Maintain your CPD record, and work towards becoming a CMet, the highest status that can be achieved in meteorology

Requirements

All those working in the practice, application, advancement, support or teaching of meteorology can become accredited, subject to the appropriate combination of qualifications and experience.

Standard Requirements

  • Knowledge in physics, chemistry, mathematics or geography up to university entrance level
  • Knowledge of meteorological science and practice as specified in the BIP-MT*
  • About three years practical experience in meteorological services
  • Evidence that the RMet competencies are satisfied
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English

Additionally:

  • 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 accreditation@rmets.org, for advice and guidance on how to proceed

*To access the WMO BIP-MT syllabus, click here (see Part III) 

Application Process

There are four stages when completing your first application, followed by a renewal each year. 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

1. Complete your application
The main parts of the application are recording your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities, appraisal of your career, and providing evidence for how you meet the 5 key competencies. Compiling your CPD record can take time, but do not be put off by the first step – once this part is complete, there remainder of the application takes only a few hours to complete.

2. Requirements verified
The Society will check your submission and will seek references from your nominated referees.

3. Workplace assessment
The Society will arrange for you to be assessed, usually at your place of work, by a panel of two or three assessors. If possible, at least one of these will be someone senior from your organisation who knows you and your work activities.

4. Accreditation as a RMet
Following your assessment, your application will be considered and decided by the Society's Accreditation Board. On becoming a fully accredited meteorologist you will be issued a certificate, and will be able to use the post-nominals RMet after your name.

5. Renewal
Each year your CPD will need to be reviewed. Simply just keep your CPD records up-to-date throughout the year. This makes it easy to generate a CPD report at the time of renewal. The panel will review it, and confirm if you can continuing practicing as a RMet.

In general, accreditation takes approximately 4 months from beginning your application to being granted an RMet. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The application fee for RMet is £99.00. There is an annual renewal fee for RMet of £25.00.

If you are an RMet, and then would like to become a CMet, the fee is £99.00. These fees are in addition to membership. 

 

To remain accredited, you will be invited to submit a CPD report each year to show you are maintaining the standard of an RMet. You will also need to agree to the code of conduct annually, which can be done at the same time as you pay your RMet renewal fee.

 

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 RMet Dormancy Register. During this period, you maintain a reduced CPD record and the annual renewal payment is reduced. During this period, you cannot use the post-nominal RMet, however it does mean that you re-register for RMet after your career break without having to re-apply.

 

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 applicant.

 

Register of Registered Meteorologists

Those who have successfully completed the application for Registered Meteorologist and continue to maintain the standard may use the appellation RMet as a measure of professional competence in meteorology.

A Register of all current Registered Meteorologists can be found here.