History of the CCM Program
In an age of expanded environmental technology, the scope and detail of
meteorological applications within agriculture, business, industry, and
various sectors of government operations have brought increasing demand
for specialized services by meteorologists. These services extend
beyond the traditional public service functions and statutory
responsibilities of the National Weather Service, and the private
practice of consulting meteorology developed in answer to some of the
needs that have
arisen. In meteorology, as in other technical professions such as
engineering and medicine, individuals form and maintain close contact
with the public, and in doing so are representatives of their
The AMS recognized a need for a professional certification program for
the advancement of professional ideals within meteorology and within
the other spheres of activity in which meteorologists participate.
Professional certification, as part of a national program of the AMS,
to be administered by a Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists
(CCMs), was proposed in a report submitted to the Council by the AMS
Committee on Industrial Meteorology in the fall of 1956. The
was approved with slight modifications by the Council in their vote on
8 March 1957. The Council approved the formation of the Board. The
Board, as initially comprised, was: Henry T. Harrison, Robert D.
Elliott, Alfred H. Glenn, E. Wendell Hewson, and Woodrow C. Jacobs. The
appointment by the Council
of Elliott, Glenn, and Harrison as Certified Consulting Meteorologists
was to fulfill the requirement that three members of the Board must be
The first meeting of the Board was held at Denver, Colorado, on 24 and
25 October with Harrison, Elliott, Glenn, and Hewson in attendance.
reference and examination procedures were established. In addition,
plans were laid for advising the profession and the public as to the
purpose of certification. The original announcement was made in the
November 1957 Bulletin. In a continuing effort to improve the program,
the Board constantly assesses its procedures in order to provide the
CCM community, the AMS membership and the public with improved
knowledge and understanding of the program, and to ensure the
objectivity and fairness of the policies and procedures.
2007 marked the 50th anniversary of the CCM Program. To date, more than
600 individuals have been awarded the prestigious Certified Consulting
Meteorologist (CCM) designation.