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Foundation Training

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 forecasting 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.

The Foundation Meteorologist 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).

The Foundation Meteorological Technician course is compliant with the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorological Technicians (BIP-MT) as described in WMO No. 1083.

Our foundation courses were recognised in 2015 by the Royal Meteorological Society as an academic basis for those aspiring to accreditation as Chartered Meteorologists and as meeting the educational requirements for a Registered Meteorologist.

"Lastly I would like to say thank you to all the team for giving us such a good IFC, I have never had such a brilliant teaching experience and I have enjoyed every single day!"

IFC student

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.

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