Aviation Meteorological Theory

We have developed a wide range of training courses for the aviation community

This course is designed to help operational staff improve their awareness and forecasting of aviation weather-impact variables. The course conforms with the new World Meteorological Organization (WMO) competency standards for Aeronautical Met. Personnel.

Location: Courses are either held in the excellent Met Office College facilities at our Exeter headquarters or at your chosen location.

Course length: five days.

Aim: The Aviation Meteorological Theory course (AMT) is designed to help operational forecasters improve their aeronautical forecasting skills. In doing so, the course provides underpinning knowledge for the following elements of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Aeronautical Meteorological Forecaster (AMF) Competency Standards:

  • analyse and monitor continuously the weather situation;
  • forecast aeronautical meteorological phenomena and parameters;
  • warn of hazardous phenomena.

The AMT covers the following specific AMT and WMO aviation competencies WMO secondary level competencies (PDF, 122 kB) .

Entry requirements: The course is suitable for operational forecasters who have successfully completed the underpinning elements of the WMO Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists - further details can be found in WMO-No. 1083.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to the AMF standards and competencies
  • Tephigrams
  • Aviation hazards: turbulence
  • Aviation hazards: icing
  • Cumulonimbus and severe convection
  • Fog, mist and low cloud
  • Snow
  • Volcanic ash and dust
  • Tropical cyclones
  • International METARs, and TAFs (refresher only)
  • WAFC charts and SIGMETs
  • Satellite imagery interpretation
  • Factors affecting aircraft performance and fuel consumption
  • Altimetry

Certification: There is no formal assessment for this course. It is the responsibility of aeronautical meteorological service providers to verify the competency of their aeronautical forecaster through ongoing assessment. The AMT has been audited and endorsed by the United Kingdom aviation regulatory authority, the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

An exam to check knowledge learnt and/or an on-the-job assessment programme may be provided for aeronautical meteorological service providers on request, see additional AMT modules and services.

How to book: If you would like more information or to book a space on the course, please email the Met Office College: moc.enquiries@metoffice.gov.uk.

Additional information 

The case study and data sheet below highlight the experience of the Met Office College in delivering AMF courses both at our headquarters in the UK and internationally.

Met Office college AMF data sheet UK AMF training data sheet (PDF, 734 kB)

Met Office college Prague case study International AMF case study (PDF, 175 kB)

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Last updated: 5 February 2014