The Initial Forecasting course (IFC) is designed for staff new to forecasting.
This course 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.
Course length: 17-19 weeks.
Aim: To equip the attendee with the skills and knowledge required to take up a post as forecaster under supervision.
After completing this course you will be able to:
On-the-job training and assessment of competence
The Initial Forecasting course should be followed by an on-the-job training phase and assessment of competence; the trainee weather forecaster will then be qualified as an independent forecaster.
The final assessment of competence can be done in any way that the forecasting organisation in question deems suitable for their purposes. In the UK, the assessment is made against National Occupational Standards for forecasting.
For more details about the competence-based assessment of forecasters see vocational qualifications.
Last updated: 11 September 2013