Routes to CMet

A feature of the CMet scheme is that “knowledge of meteorological science and practice”, but not “scientific background", can be demonstrated by “extensive practical experience”. Based on this there are six routes available to achieve the award of CMet.

Standard routes:

1. Qualified - This route is available to Meteorologists who hold a degree-level meteorological qualification. You need an Honours Degree level qualification in meteorology, or have an Honours Degree in any science, engineering or computational subject plus a postgraduate degree or diploma in meteorology. A minimum of 5 years meteorological experience is also expected. 

2. Exemption - This route is for experienced Meteorologists or Meteorological Technicians who hold a Pass Certificate for a course accepted by RMetS as meeting the requirements of BIP-M. This route builds upon the knowledge and expertise demonstrated through completion of your qualification.

3. Experiential - This route is for experienced Meteorologists or Meteorological Technicians who do not hold a Pass Certificate for a course accepted as fulfilling the requirements of BIP-M. In this case, you ned to have an Honours Degree in any science, engineering or computational subject or can demonstrate an equivalent level of foundation science knowledge. You also need to be an accredited RMet, have a minimum of 3 year’s meteorological experience after the award of RMet. 

 

Additionally, there are also three routes potentially applicable to those who do not meet the standard requirements. 

4. Eminent Practioners - Candidates who have made and/or continue to make a high profile contribution to the profession might be considered for the "Eminent Practitioners" route. You are unlikely to have followed a traditional or conventional career path, and those identified as potential candidates under this scheme will be considered on a case by case basis.

5. Academic Path - This path is open to candidates who have achieved a doctorate in a meteorological subject without having completed a course recognised as meeting the requirements of BIP-M, but are able to demonstrate they meet the requirements of accreditation by other means. The Academic Path relies on significant knowledge and expertise gained through research and/or teaching activities following completion of your qualifications. Candidates would normally need to have an Honours Degree in any science, engineering or numerate subject, a PhD in a meteorological subject and a minimum of 3 years post-doctoral meteorological experience.

6. Unconventional Career Path - CMet candidates most likely to fall in to this category are those unable to provide evidence of meeting the standard criteria, but who believe they are able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of accreditation by other means. Assistance will be provided to enable candidates to demonstrate fulfillment of the criteria, particularly as the evolution of the national education system and professional recognition has provided a cadre of potential candidates who, through no fault of their own, are unable to satisfy the standard criteria. 

Further information regarding each route is available in the CMet Guidance Document. If you have a query, please contact us via accreditation@rmets.org