American Meteorological Society (AMS)

Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM)


Credential: Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM)
Credentialing Agency: American Meteorological Society (AMS)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The American Meteorological Society (AMS), Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) credential is an advanced-level certification for weather and meteorology experts. Meteorological consulting may involve providing services on a fee basis or serving a company, government agency, or academic institution where their work comprises part or all of the meteorologist's functions. Candidates must meet specific education and experience requirements. Candidates must pass both a written and oral exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 1 year

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

American Meteorological Society (AMS)

45 Beacon Street
Boston, MA  02108-3693

Phone: (617) 227-2425

Fax: (617) 742-8718
Email: amsinfo@ametsoc.org

Option 1:

Candidate must hold a Bachelor's (or higher) degree in meteorology or atmospheric science.

Option 2:

Candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in "other sciences and engineering" and be engaged in an activity in which the applicant's knowledge is being applied to the advancement or application of the atmospheric or related sciences.

Option 3:

Candidate must have at least 20 semester credit hours in meteorology with 12 of the 20 credits in core classes in the areas of Atmospheric or Oceanographic Dynamics, Atmospheric or Oceanographic Thermodynamics, Physical Meteorology or Physical Oceanography, Synoptic Meteorology (or Weather Systems) or Synoptic Oceanography, and Hydrology.

Additional information can be found on the AMS website.

Candidate are required to have a minimum of five-years of work at the professional level in meteorology or a related field. Substitution of a postgraduate degree below the doctorate is permitted for one-year of experience, and substitution of the doctorate degree in meteorology for up to two-years is allowable.

The Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must provide at least three professional references, preferably including one Certified Consulting Meteorologist.
  • Candidate is required to submit a written report to accompany their formal application. This report may not be more than five-years old at the time of submission. It must adequately address the twin objectives of demonstrating both meteorological analytical skill and effective communication. 

    Additional information can be found in the CCM Program Procedures located on the AMS website.

  • AMS administers an open book exam to test general understanding of meteorology, area of experience, expertise and professional ethics.
  • A report or published paper representing the candidate's professional work is always required as part of the written assignment. This paper cannot be one that has been submitted for academic degree requirements.
  • Candidates may be asked to prepare a short paper or essay on the CCM Program, which may be considered for publication in the Bulletin.
  • Additional information on written exam can be found in the CCM Program Procedures on the AMS website.

  • Immediately prior to the the oral review, each candidate is given a written "closed-book quiz" drawn from basic meteorological knowledge.

Oral Exam Requirement

  • Oral reviews consist of a discussion of the candidates written examination materials, his or her technical report and essay if assigned, and any other topics deemed appropriate by the Panel. The reviews always include discussion of hypothetical situations that arise in consulting activities and a discussion of professional ethics.

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the American Meteorological Society (AMS) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CCM certification is renewed annually. In addition, CCM certification holders must obtain a total of 28 professional development points every five-years to maintain an active certification. A recertification fee is required annually.

    Additional information can be found on the AMS website.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

Star

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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ICAC

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ABSNC

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NCCA

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IAS

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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