Meteorological Certification Feasibility Study 2007

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Courtesy of ECO Canada

In 2004, in response to requests from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the Meteorological Service of Canada, ECO Canada commissioned a major study of meteorological practice in Canada. The study was funded by Human Resources and Social Development Canada. The study discovered meteorological practitioners functioned in a diversity of scientific and technical fields supporting all of the major industries and public safety institutions of the country. From energy to economics, and from transportation to technology, meteorological practitioners play an important and increasing role. Beyond the critical function of public safety, in a period of more frequent natural disasters, meteorological practitioners also provide supporting roles in engineering and environmental services.

One of the significant recommendations of the 2004 study was to pursue professional certification in meteorology, in order to ensure Canadian employers, meteorological practitioners, and universities would be well‐served by recognized occupational and professional standards in meteorology. In May, 2007, ECO Canada commissioned a feasibility study on the certification of meteorological practitioners. This report summarizes the results of the feasibility study.

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