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Why Should You Consider Hiring a CCM?

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 1957 created the Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) Program, which is the only organized program in the United States that declares meteorologists qualified to market their services as independent consultants. Since its inception nearly 60 years ago, only about 725 individuals have been awarded the CCM designation by the AMS. The number of "currently active" CCMs has remained fairly constant around 300 for several years.

CCMs are highly regarded by their peers in meteorology. They are considered experts in the application of weather information to a host of practical challenges ranging from specialized forecasts to engineering design support and expert testimony on weather-related court cases. Certification enables users of meteorological services to select consultants or employees with greater confidence in the quality and reliability of the products or services they will receive.

Exactly what is a CCM?

The Certified Consulting Meteorologist designation is awarded by the American Meteorological Society to highly qualified meteorologists providing research and services to a wide variety of users of weather information, including agriculture, business, industry and various sectors of government. These services extend beyond the traditional public service functions and statutory responsibilities of the National Weather Service.

To earn the award, a meteorologist must be recommended by three associates, pass a stringent written examination, and pass an oral examination before a national board of examiners. The CCM designation is awarded only to those who demonstrate a broad background in meteorology together with detailed knowledge in a particular field of specialization. They are judged also on qualities of character and devotion to high professional ideals.

The American Meteorological Society was founded in 1919 as a nonprofit scientific and professional society. It is interdisciplinary in scope and actively promotes the development and dissemination of information on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. The Society currently has over 14,000 members from the United States, Canada and over 100 countries internationally, but only around 2 percent of that number hold active CCM recognition.