Weather Basics

Snow covered car park

This short online learning module provides road maintenance staff with a basic introduction to weather principles and their impacts on road, car park and walkway surfaces.

Delivery: This course consists of an online module and assessment.

Course length: Approximately one - two hours (you can stop and restart as required). Once activated a licence is valid for 3 months.

Booking: To register and pay online for a single licence go to Met Office College Online, log in and select Understanding Weather and Climate, then Road. Alternatively if you would like to buy five or more licences please complete the booking form.

Price: £100 per licence (Met Office training is VAT exempt).

Designed for: Road workers, drivers, senior managers, consultants and independent gritters.

Aim: To introduce basic weather concepts in relation to road operations. Participants should gain an understanding of the importance of making informed decisions when considering roads and car parks.The course can also be used as a refresher or a pre-training course for the Weather Essentials and Weather in Practice course.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise the risks presented to highway/car park users as a result of winter weather conditions and identify the reasonable measures required to mitigate these conditions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different types of ice and how they affect the highway/car park, and in particular how hoar frosts can be identified on weather systems.
  • Identify the non-weather factors that can alter the level of treatment required.
  • A certificate is awarded for candidates who achieve a pass mark of 70% or above.

Last updated: 22 July 2014

Weather Basics for Winter Gritters
This video talks through the Weather Basics Online training course for Winter Gritters.