AMS Eligibility & Applications

As a minimum, applicants must meet one of the below requirements and have a minimum of five years of work at the professional level in meteorology or a related field. Substitution of a postgraduate degree below the doctorate is permitted for one year of experience, and substitution of the doctorate degree in meteorology for up to two years is allowable.

(A) Hold a Bachelor's (or higher) degree in meteorology or atmospheric science.

(B) Hold a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in "other sciences and engineering" and be engaged in an activity in which the applicant's knowledge is being applied to the advancement or application of the atmospheric or related sciences. Acceptable degrees will be determined after a review of the applicant’s college/university transcripts. Arts and humanities are not included; therefore, degrees in English, literature, philosophy, languages, journalism, communications and business administration would not lead to eligibility for CCM application.

(C) Have at least 20 semester credit hours in meteorology with 12 of the 20 credits in core classes (a minimum of 2 credits in each of 4 of the 5 core areas is required).

At least 12 of the 20 credits must be in areas of:

1. Atmospheric or Oceanographic Dynamics

2. Atmospheric or Oceanographic Thermodynamics

3. Physical Meteorology or Physical Oceanography

4. Synoptic Meteorology (or Weather Systems) or Synoptic Oceanography

5. Hydrology

Missing a few courses? Find a college/university with a meteorology program near you in the online Curricula or search our list of approved distance learning courses.

  • CCM application
  • College/university transcript(s)
  • Technical report
  • Application Fee: $300 for AMS Members; $600 for Non-members*; Reapplication Fee: $100 for AMS Members; $200 for Non-members

*Non-members may apply for AMS membership and pay the member rate.

The annual renewal fee for the CCM is $60 for AMS Members and $350 for Non-members.

Acceptable payments: Check (made payable to AMS) or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express)