Each AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) must engage in continuing professional development and service activities to maintain their active status. To document this, a CCM must accumulate 28 Professional Development Score (PDS) points over a continuous five-year period.(i) A specific activity can only be counted under a single numbered item.
Individual CCMs are encouraged to propose additional activities that demonstrate professional growth by notifying the CCM Board chair. If the CCM Board accepts them, they will be added to this list. The active participation of all CCMs is required if this list is to maintain its relevance with time.
This list of activities defines continuing professional development in a broad sense. It recognizes the activities that serve the meteorological community and society at large, develop skills and provide avenues for CCM professional growth and those activities leading to enhanced technical competence. Point allocations herein reflect development goals and do not necessarily reflect the amount of effort or time required.
|1.)||Successful completion of professionally related formal training activity: Activities include short courses, on-line learning courses, seminars, or similar learning experiences of at least one hour in length.||0.500||point per each hour of training activity|
|2.)||Successful completion of, or instructor for, an undergraduate or graduate level course offered by an institution of higher learning (ii)||5.000||points per course|
|3.)||Successful completion of office-sponsored professionally related training activity: Activities must be instructor-led for multiple employees on science-related or consulting topics.||0.500||point per hour of training activity|
|4.)||Attend a conference or symposium||1.000||point per day attended, maximum of 3 points per conference|
|5)||Participate in a webinar or attend a technical seminar or lecture that is not part of a technical conference on a professionally related topic: presentation must be at least 50 minutes long||0.250||point per lecture attended|
|6.)||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 by working with experts on the topic. The new expertise gained must be demonstrated by the preparation of a technical/scientific report or the provision of written technical advice to a client.||2.000||points per area of new expertise, maximum of 12 points per 5 year period|
|7.)||Lead or co-lead a short course or workshop||3.000||points per unique course or workshop|
|8.)||Give a technical lecture or seminar to an organized group.||0.500||point per lecture|
|9.)||Present a paper or stand with a poster at a technical conference.||2.000||points per paper or poster|
|10.)||Author or co-author a text book.||10.000||points each|
|11.)||Author or co-author a peer reviewed paper or book chapter.||5.000||point each|
|12)||Author or co-author a preprint for a technical conference.||1.000||point each|
|13.)||Design and Develop a Continuing Education or University course on a professionally related topic: these are technical courses for people in other professions who are not primarily students (e.g., “meteorology for attorneys)||3.000||points per course|
|14.)||Author or co-author a popular book with technical content.||7.000||points each|
|15.)||Author or co-author a technical article in a popular magazine.||3.000||points each|
|16.)||Serve on a thesis/dissertation advisory committee for a university/ college student||2.000||points per committee|
|17.)||Mentor a young graduate meteorologist: this should be an on-going discourse with a co-worker, colleague, subordinate, etc.||1.000||point per person, per year|
|18.)||Mentor a student on a scientific or technical matter: At least an hour must be spent with each student||0.250||point per student per year|
|19.)||Subscribe to and read technical journal||1.000||point each per year|
|20.)||Maintain membership in scientific and technical societies.||1.000||point each per year|
|21.)||Successful completion of any COMET module 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||point per module completed with a 0 or 1 difficulty rating. 1.00 point per module completed with a 2 difficulty rating. 1.25 point per module completed with a 3 difficulty rating. Maximum 16 points per 5 year period|
|22)||Judging a Science Fair, presenting a lesson to a K-12 class, or similar activity||0.250||points per event, maximum of 0.5 points per year|
|23)||Primary Organizer or Co-Organizer of a science-related program, workshop or seminar. This should be a conference where scientific papers and/or case studies are presented.||3.000||points per conference|
|24)||Watching AMS recorded conference presentations online https://ams.confex.com/ams/ams/archives.cgi or similar recorded scientific conference presentations.||0.250||point per 3 recorded presentations, maximum of 3 points per conference|
|1.)||Active employment in the profession: Consulting, Forensics, Forecasting, Research, Technical Management, Environmental Monitoring, Education, etc.||1.000||point per 6-month period of active employment|
|2a.)||Serve as Project Manager or Principal Investigator on basic or applied research program or consulting project for internal development, a funding agency, or a client 10-50 hours. Note: These activities should only be counted if they occur outside of your primary employment. Points are given by time spent on one or more projects for an entire year with a maximum of 2.0 points available per year. These are essentially “billable hours.” Self-funded research work can be counted if a final deliverable (written report, process, database) results.||0.500||point per year|
|2b.)||Same as 2a.) but 50-100 hours per year.||1.000||point per year|
|2c.)||Same as 2a.) but more than 100 hours.||2.000||points per year|
|3.)||Serve as Lead Forecaster for a Special Project: Serve as a lead forecaster for special projects such as the Olympics, America’s Cup Race, Around-the-World Balloon Flights, Field Programs, Emergency Response Support, Homeland Security Support, etc. These are not restricted to weather forecasts, but can also be hydrologic forecasts, air quality forecasts, etc.||2.000||points per project|
|4.)||Serve as an Expert Witness (deposition, trial)||1.000||point per event|
|5.)||Testify or serve as an expert at a regulatory hearing, commission meeting, congressional hearing, or similar function.||1.000||point per event|
|6.)||Serve as Technical Advisor or Reviewer: on technical issues for government agencies, media corporations, universities, school boards, local governments, etc.||1.000||point per activity|
|7.)||Participate (author, co-author, or reviewer) in the development of a national or international voluntary consensus standard.||3.000||points per standard|
|8.)||Serve on Technical Review Board for governmental or professional society.||3.000||points per Board, per year|
|9.)||Serve as National or Local Officer in a Professional Society: serve as an officer or a councilor at a national or local level for a professional organization.||2.000||points per appointment|
|10.)||Serve as board or committee member of a Professional Society: serve on any committee or board of a relevant professional organization, or serve on a conference program committee for a professional conference, workshop or meeting (i.e., AMS, NWA, NCIM, CWSA, AWMA, AGU, CMOS, WMO, etc.)||2.000||points per appointment per year|
|11.)||Serve as Editor, Associate Editor of a refereed technical journal.||1.000||point per year|
|12.)||Review of a manuscript for a peer reviewed publication or of a proposal from a scientific or regulatory agency.||1.000||point per review|
|13.)||Obtain a new professionally relevant certification - PE, QEP, Broadcast Seal, etc. (may only be used if the new certification was granted subsequent to the granting of the CCM credentials).||5.000||points each|
|14.)||Maintain a professionally relevant certification (PE, QEP, Broadcast Seal, etc.)||1.000||point per certification period for each certificate maintained|
|15.)||Provide continuing periodic atmospheric, earth or related science content to newspaper, radio, syndication or web outlets outside of your primary employment.||0.500||point per 6-month period|
|16)||Participate in a regional oral exam of a CCM candidate.||0.500||point per oral exam|
(i) Correct and complete documentation is crucial to substantiating a CCMs claimed PDS points. CCMs should maintain and routinely update a documentation file. This effort will avoid potential difficulty in recovering documentation long after the occurrence of an activity worthy of PDS credit if needed for an audit of the PDS points claimed. Receipts of fees paid for attendance at seminars or association meetings, certificates of attendance at courses, or letters of appreciation for services rendered are examples of acceptable documentation. When in doubt of the usability of any documentation material, please contact the CCM Board Chair.
(ii) Continuing Professional Development Activities of a CCM are defined as those activities directly related to the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.
(iii) Points for this activity are not earned by someone who normally serves in a teaching faculty position (that credit is earned through Professional Experience).