Professional Development Requirement for CBMs and Sealholders

One of the purposes of the Seal of Approval and CBM Programs is to provide an incentive for the continued professional growth of the meteorologist. In September 2003, the AMS Council approved the addition of a mandatory continuing professional development component for all of the Society’s certification programs to be administered by each program’s respective Boards.To maintain active status, CBMs and Sealholders must log a total of 28 professional development points in an online portfolio during a five-year period, which must be submitted no later than the end of the fifth calendar year after the year in which the CBM or Sealholder received his or her certification or the year of the most recent submission of his or her portfolio.
 

Table of Activities with Point Values

The table provides a listing of professional development activities along with their point values. Each activity entered must have occurred within the last five years of your portfolio submssion.

Enter your Professional Development Points Here

To access the tracking system to enter your points, login with the credentials you use for your membership online profile. Once you are in your account, you click on the “add points” link to the left of the page. From there, you would choose either professional experience or professional development from the drop down menu depending on which activity you want to enter. The activities mirror those in the table of activities. You would then click on the corresponding number of the activity and a window will pop up where you can enter the information for that activity. The system will save what you enter as you go along.

Submitting your Points

Once you are ready to submit, you would go to the “summary” link to the left of the screen and hit the “submit for review” button at the bottom of the page. It will prompt you twice. Make sure you hit "submit" the second time you are prompted. After a successful submission — that is, one with a portfolio containing at least 28 PDS points accumulated in the past five years — a new, clear, portfolio will be initialized and the date for the five-year professional development period will be reset

Audits

No less than 5% of the portfolios submitted each year will be objectively chosen to be audited as a means of evaluating the program. In addition, an audit of a CBM/Sealholder's portfolio may also be requested, with cause stated, by any member of the Society in writing to the Chair of the Commission on Professional Affairs, who may summarily dismiss a frivolous request with notice and a statement of reasons to the individual making the request. Either of the audits described above will consist of requesting the audited CBM/Sealholder to provide documentation of his or her portfolio's contents, which will be reviewed by the Board Chair or board member designated by the chair.

Maintaining the list of acceptable continuing professional development activities

The list of recognized professional activities and their PDS values provided in the Table will be reviewed at least annually by the Broadcast Board Chair for its relevance to the normal activities of a CBM/Sealholder, and revisions will be made as appropriate. Any active CBM/Sealholder can send a request to the Board Chair to have a specific activity considered for inclusion on the list or for the PDS point value of an existing activity. Each such request will be vetted by the Board of Broadcast Meteorology, who may seek external review and recommendation as it feels appropriate, and a decision on each suggested change will be made by majority vote of the Board.

Questions on professional development activities should be directed to cbmpdts@ametsoc.org.