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ccmHistory 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 profession.

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 recommendation 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 so rated.

The first meeting of the Board was held at Denver, Colorado, on 24 and 25 October with Harrison, Elliott, Glenn, and Hewson in attendance. Terms of reference and examination procedures were established. In addition, plans were laid for advising the profession and the public as to the nature and 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.


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