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Foundation Training

Training at the Met Office College

Our foundation level 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 Operational Foundation Meteorology Course (OMFC), formerly known as the Initial Forecasting Course (IFC), is designed for staff new to forecasting. It covers many elements of 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 mid latitude regions of responsibility. The course is also accredited by the UK’s University of Reading.

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

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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