The Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology

Competencies for Marine Meteorological and Oceanographic Services

The WMO Marine Weather Forecaster Competency Framework was approved at the 17th World Meteorological Congress (Cg-XVII, 2015). 

View the WMO Marine Weather Forecaster Competency Framework document and the approved Resolution from Congress here

Implementation of the Competency Framework by NMHS

There are 4 defined stages for NMHS Members to work through in order to implement the WMO Marine Weather Forecaster Competency framework.  These 4 stages are defined below:

  • Stage 0 - no plans yet to develop a national competency
  • Stage 1 - Have developed a national competency, but no plans to undertake competency assessments
  • Stage 2 - Have a national competency, and have plans to train and assess the competency of forecasting staff
  • Stage 3 – Have completed the competency assessment of forecasting staff against the national competency

About the formulation of the Competency Framework

The development of a Competency Framework is closely linked to the WMO’s strategic priority for Quality Management in marine meteorological and oceanographic services and associated systems.

Following discussions and decisions made at the 16th World Meteorological Congress (Cg-XVI, 2011) on personnel competencies of the core job-tasks in meteorological and hydrological services, JCOMM initiated an effort to consolidate general requirements for qualification and competency during the intersessional period (2012-2017).

The Competency Framework was based on the competency model used in the WMO Technical Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology (CAeM), and other related frameworks such as “Knowledge and Skill Guidelines for Marine Science and Technology” developed by US Marine Advanced Technology Education.

Final Marine Weather Competence Standard Framework



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