Short Course: Becoming a Great Certified Consulting Meteorologist

Sunday, lonAD, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Preliminary Agenda

The AMS Short Course on Becoming a Great CCM will be held on 12 January 2020 preceding the 100th AMS Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site (

The American Meteorological Society’s program for Certified Consulting Meteorologists (CCMs) allows practicing professional meteorologists to document their technical competence, character, and experience for those who seek advice and consultation in meteorology. The principal purpose of the program is to enable users of meteorological services to select consultants with greater confidence in the quality and reliability of the products and services they will receive. CCMs are considered experts in the application of weather information to a host of practical challenges ranging from specialized forecasts to engineering design support and expert testimony on weather-related court cases. This course is designed for both those who are considering applying for the CCM designation as well as those who are already CCMs and who wish to take their practice to the next level.

The primary goals of this short course are to provide information on how to become a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) and how to start and build up a business once you become one. The morning will focus on the different types of work that CCMs do, both as private business owners and in work for companies in air quality, forecasting, expert testimony, broadcasting and government, using guided discussion at tables staffed by CCMs with different types of experience. The afternoon will focus on how to create and build up a consulting business, including types of businesses, marketing, legal liability, and ethics. Ample time for discussion in small groups will encourage all participants to contribute and will provide maximum flexibility in covering topics of interest to the students while providing them with a good foundation of appropriate information.

Luncheon for the short course will be provided by the Association of Consulting Meteorologists (, who will provide a brief overview of their group.

Instructors for the short course include current Certified Consulting Meteorologists who work in a variety of consulting activities.

Laptops are not required for this course, which will be discussion-focused with ample opportunity to sample from different sub-disciplines in CCM work.

For more information please contact Pam Knox ([email protected] or [email protected]).

Short Course/Workshop Registration

All short course/workshop attendees must register and wear a badge/ribbon. Short course/workshop registration is not included in the 99th Annual Meeting registration, and short course/workshop registration does not include registration for the 99th AMS Annual Meeting.

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