A report or published paper, and a non-technical summary (abstract) of it, representing the applicant’s professional work is required as the second part of the written assignment. Effective communication skills are essential for anyone contemplating attainment of the CCM credential.1 A CCM candidate must demonstrate that he/she possesses the ability to apply his or her meteorological knowledge beneficially to the affairs of mankind and communicate that knowledge to the public. Usually a client does not have the same technical expertise as the consultant hired; therefore, it is essential that the consultant be able to provide a written product that communicates effectively to any non-technical user. 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. To meet these objectives, the following guidelines apply:
Reports interpreting meteorological information presented previously (within the last five years) for a non-technical client (audience) are acceptable providing they are technically correct and display a greater understanding of meteorology than would be expected of a journalist. In lieu of the non-technical summary (abstract) described above, such reports should be supplemented with a 250 word or less technical summary describing or demonstrating the meteorological analysis or insight involved in the process of creating the report.
Below is a link to a sample technical report that will give you a better idea of what is acceptable.
Sample Technical Report
1Eloquent Science: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker, and Atmospheric Scientist; © 2009-Author David M. Schultz; -ISBN 978-1-878220-91-2