Foundation Programme

Training at the Met Office College

Our foundation (BIP-M and BIP-MT) training programmes provide the underpinning basic knowledge and technical skills required for entry into forecasting or meteorological technical careers, as well as the basis for future professional development.

Our foundation courses help students to:

  • communicate clearly through written and oral presentations;
  • work effectively in teams sharing knowledge and explaining decisions to others;
  • manage their workload, prioritising tasks as necessary.

Courses include:

Foundation Forecaster training

The Initial Forecasting course (IFC) is designed for staff new to forecasting. It covers the requisite meteorological knowledge in the WMO Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M) and the fundamental forecasting skills required to forecast the weather in our area of airspace responsibility.

Foundation Meteorological Technicians course

This course is compliant with the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorological Technicians (BIP-MT) as described in WMO No. 1083. It combines theory and practical training to provide staff with a basic knowledge of atmospheric phenomena and processes and the practical skills required to apply this knowledge.

Further Information about BIP-M and BIP-MT

For further information about the BIP-M and BIP-MT programmes of study please refer to WMO-No. 1083 - Manual on the Implementation of Education & Training Standards in Meteorology & Hydrology. This document replaces WMO-NO.258 Vol. 1 on 1 December 2013.

The Met Office College provides a wide range of courses. To receive more information about training please register your details.

Last updated: 16 October 2014