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

The Certified Consulting Meteorologist program fosters the establishment and maintenance of a high level of professional competency and mature and ethical counsel in the field of consulting meteorology. Meteorological consulting may entail providing services individually to many on a fee basis, or serving a company, government agency, or academic institution where such work comprises part or all of the meteorologist's functions. Candidates must meet specific education and experience requirements. Candidates must undergo an evaluation process including, a comprehensive examination of their knowledge, experience and character which provides evidence of their ability to communicate in English, orally and in writing.

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

Renewal Period: 1 year

Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 15Q Air Traffic Control (ATC) Operator MOS other          
Warrant Officer 140A Command And Control Systems Integrator WOMOS other        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

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

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 1 year

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

American Meteorological Society (AMS)
45 Beacon Street
Boston, MA  02108-3693
Phone: (617) 227-2425
Fax: (617) 742-8718

Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM)

Option 1: Candidates must hold a Bachelor's (or higher) degree in meteorology or atmospheric science.

Option 2: Candidates 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: Candidates 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.

Candidates 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:

  • Candidates must provide at least three professional references, preferably including one Certified Consulting Meteorologist.
  • Candidates must fully comply with the Society's Guidelines for Professional Conduct (Article XII of the Constitution). Additional details can be found in the Constitution and bylaws of AMS.
  • All CCM applicants are 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 addresses the twin objectives of demonstrating both meteorological analytical skill and effective communication. The report may not be one that has been, or will be submitted for fulfillment of academic degree requirements.

Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM)

  • 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 applicant'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.
  • Applicants may be asked to prepare a short paper or essay on the CCM Program, which may be considered for publication in the Bulletin.
  • For additional information on written exam, go to Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) Program Guidelines.
  • Immediately prior to the the oral review, each candidate is given a written "closed-book quiz" drawn from basic meteorological knowledge.

  • 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.

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

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

Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM)

Renewal Period: 1 year

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

  • To maintain active status, a CCM must amass a total of 28 PDS points in a portfolio of continuing professional development during a five-year period.  Additional information regarding Professional Development and Recertification can be found on the American Meteorological Society website.

Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM)

Additional considerations for the Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) include: