Program to Recognize Continued Professional Development by
AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and AMS Seal of Approval
Tables of Activities and Points

Each AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist or AMS Sealholder shall continue to engage in professional development and service activities to maintain their active status. To document this, a CBM/Sealholder must accumulate 28 Professional Development Score (PDS) points over a continuous five- year period. A specific activity can only be counted under a single numbered item.

Individual CBM/Sealholders are encouraged to propose additional activities that demonstrate professional growth by notifying the Board of Broadcast Meteorology chair. If the Broadcast Board accepts them, they will be added to this list. The active participation of all CBM/Sealholders is encouraged if this list is to maintain its relevance with time.

This list of activities defines professional development in a broad sense. It recognizes activities that serve the meteorological community and society at large and develop skills and provide avenues for professional growth that complement activities leading to greater technical competence. Point allocations reflect development goals and do not necessarily reflect the amount of effort or time required.

* If you are unclear if a specific project falls into this category, please contact the Broadcast Board Chair

** These points are not earned by someone who normally serves in a teaching faculty position (that credit is earned through Professional Experience)

Professional Development
1.) Completion of AMS, NWA, or NWS or related workshop or short course. A certificate of completion or proof of attendance should be provided. 2.000 points per half-day session
2.) Successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate level course. (Coursework should be related to meteorology or fields related to the job of a broadcast meteorologist, including those areas which help promote the broadening of background for the meteorologist as the "station scientist") 5.000 points per course
3.) Professor or instructor for an undergraduate or graduate level course**. (Coursework should be credit related to meteorology or fields related to the job of a broadcast meteorologist, including those areas which help promote the broadening of background for the meteorologist as the "station scientist") 1.000 point per semester hour
4.) Successful completion of office or vendor sponsored professionally related training activity. This includes training seminars where the focus is operation of weather graphics or supporting equipment 0.250 point per hour of activity
5.) Attend an AMS, NWA, IABM, or other federal agencies engaged science-related program or other science-related workshop or seminar. This should be a conference where scientific papers and/or case studies are presented. 1.000 point per day attended max 4 pts per conference
6.) Participate in a webinar or a scientific or technical seminar or lecture that is not part of a conference. Presentation must be at least 50 minutes long. Examples include environmental or ecological issues, astronomy, marine science, zoology, aviation, etc., which solidify the meteorologist’s position as the "station scientist". 0.250 point per lecture attended
7.) Gain new area of expertise*. In-depth study of a new topic in order to become knowledgeable in it is considered development when the effort is commensurate with equivalent formal training Studies may be performed either independently or with instruction, or by working with experts on the topic. The new expertise gained must be demonstrated by attaining a new license or certificate (e.g. private pilot), or by the preparation of a technical/scientific report or the provision of written technical advice. 5.000 points per area of new expertise (max 15 pts per 5 year period)
8.) Lead a portion of a short course or workshop. 3.000 points per unique course or workshop
9.) Give a technical lecture or seminar to an organized group. Examples include emergency management agencies, flying clubs, safe boating courses, etc. 0.500 point per lecture
10.) Prepare and present a scientific presentation or poster for an AMS, NWA, IABM, and federal agencies engaged science-related programs. 2.000 points per presentation
11.) Author or co-author published materials that provide outreach and education to the community. Examples include weather almanacs or preparedness and safety pamphlets. 2.000 points each (max 8 pts per 5-year period)
12) Author or co-author a peer reviewed paper or book chapter. 5.000 points each
13.) Author or co-author a popular book with technical content. 7.000 points each
14.) Author or co-author weather-related article for popular publication. 3.000 points each
15.) Supervise and mentor a high school, undergraduate or graduate student in the atmospheric, earth and related sciences as part of an accredited program including scholarship programs. 1.000 point per person per internship term
16.) Maintain membership in scientific or technical societies. 1.000 point per year
17.) Completion of a NWS shadow program. (8 hours minimum) 2.000 points per shadow/maximum 6 points per certification period.
) Deprecated: Please see activities 18a-18c. 0.000
18a.) Successful completion of any COMET module with a difficulty rating of 0 or 1 on the MetEd web site (http://www.meted.com). Members should keep paper copies of their quiz results or on-line surveys and are encouraged to check this site frequently since modules are added regularly. 0.500 .5 point per module completed. Maximum 16 points per 5 year period for all COMET modules.
18b.) Successful completion of any COMET module with a difficulty rating of 2 on the MetEd web site (http://www.meted.com). Members should keep paper copies of their quiz results or on-line surveys and are encouraged to check this site frequently since modules are added regularly. 1.000 1 point per module completed. Maximum 16 points per 5 year period for all COMET modules.
18c.) Successful completion of any COMET module with a difficulty rating of 3 on the MetEd web site (http://www.meted.com). Members should keep paper copies of their quiz results or on-line surveys and are encouraged to check this site frequently since modules are added regularly. 1.250 1.25 point per module completed. Maximum 16 points per 5 year period for all COMET modules.
19.) Attend a non-scientific journalism seminar/workshop with the intention of improving your "station scientist" reporting skills. 1.000 point per day attended with a 4.0 point maximum per five year period.
20.) Attend a scientific journalism seminar/workshop with the intention of improving your "station scientist" reporting skills. 1.000 point per day attended with a 6.0 point maximum per five year period.
21) Successful completion of a weather related FEMA online course (e.g. IS-271 and IS-324) on their independent study site (http://training.fema.gov/IS/ceus.asp). Members should keep paper copies of their quiz results or on-line surveys. 1.000 CEU is equivalent to 1 professional development point (e.g. .8 CEUs = .8 professional development points)
22) Organize or Co-Organize an AMS, NWA, IABM, or other federal agencies engaged science-related program or other science-related workshop or seminar. This should be a conference where scientific papers and/or case studies are presented. 3.000 points per conference
23) Watching recorded conference presentations online - https://ams.confex.com/ams/ams/archives.cgi 0.500 point per conference. Maximum of 4 points per 5 year period.
Professional Experience
1.) Active Employment in the Meteorology Profession 1.000 point per 6-month period of active employment
2.) Provide atmospheric, earth or related science content to newspaper, radio, syndication or web outlets in addition to your primary broadcast employment. 0.500 point per 6-month period
3.) Serve as Lead Forecaster for a Special Event or Project*: This would include forecasting for special projects such as the Olympics, America’s Cup, Field Programs, Emergency Response Support, Homeland Security Support, etc. This does NOT include forecasting for TV News crews or live trucks. 2.000 points per event or projects
4.) Testify or serve as an expert at a government hearing, commission meeting, or similar function 1.000 point per event
5.) Anchor, produce, or report in special programming on weather, climate, environmental or preparedness issues. 0.500 point per show segment up to 10 minutes (ex. 1.5 points for a 30 minute show)
6.) Develop or Lead special programs with community groups and schools that help enhance science education. 2.000 points per program
7.) School outreach in the form of visits and/or judging science fairs. 0.100 points per visit
8.) Serve as a National or Local Officer in a Professional Society. 3.000 points per appointment
9.) Serve as board or committee member of a Professional Society. 3.000 points per appointment
10.) Maintain currently held professional certifications. 1.000 point per certification period