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Meteorological vocational qualifications

These qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised.

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is a new framework encompassing all vocational qualifications, including the old National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) system.

The Met Office College offers national and European Union recognised vocational competencies in the workplace - for both weather forecasting and observing.  These qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised. They are aimed at employees who can meet national occupational standards of competence in the specific field for which the qualification is awarded - in this case meteorology.

The vocational qualifications we offer at the Met Office College include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Meteorological Observing (QCF);
  • Level 4 Certificate for a Meteorological Forecasting Technician (QCF);
  • Level 5 Diploma in Meteorological Forecasting (QCF);
  • Level 5 Award in Meteorological Briefing (QCF);
  • Level 5 Certificate in Meteorological Broadcasting (QCF);
  • Level 6 Diploma in Flood Forecasting (QCF);

Aim: To provide participants with the opportunity to demonstrate their competence in meteorology within the workplace.

How to apply: You will need to apply to the Met Office College Assessment Centre, which will appoint a personal assessor. The assessor will help you understand the occupational standards and decide whether the evidence you have gathered demonstrates that you have met the national occupational standards.

You will need to produce evidence to show how you have:

  • completed particular tasks;
  • managed work activities;
  • responded to contingencies within the context of your job;
  • communicated your forecasts/observations using the correct format.

To be able to work towards any of these qualifications you need to be currently working in that occupational area.

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

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