Certified Broadcast Meteorologist - Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Seal

Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Seal

The original Seal of Approval program was revamped in January 2005 with the introduction of the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Seal. This seal introduced a 100-question multiple choice closed-book examination as part of the evaluation process. The questions on the exam cover many aspects of the science of meteorology, forecasting and related principles. Applicants must answer at least 75 of the questions correctly before being awarded the CBM Seal.

Persons who obtained or applied for the original Seal of Approval before December 31, 2004 and were not rejected are eligible for an upgrade of their Seal of Approval to the CBM Seal upon the successful completion of the CBM exam and payment of applicable fees. Upgrading from the original Seal of Approval is not required. New applicants for the CBM Seal must pay the application fee, pass the written examination, and have their work reviewed to assess technical competence, informational value, explanatory value, and communication skills, before being considered for the CBM Seal. While original seal holders do not have to have a degree in meteorology or a related field of study to be upgraded, brand new applicants for the CBM seal must hold at least a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology or a related field of study from an accredited college or university.

CBMs may retain their certification and display the CBM logo only so long as they pay their membership and renewal fees each year and show proof of completing certain professional development programs every five years (such as educational presentations at schools, involvement in local AMS chapter events, attendance at weather conferences, and other activities of the like). The only experience requirement is a nominal three consecutive days, for the purpose of filming demonstration tapes (this contrasts with the NWA's seal, which requires at least two years full-time experience, but allows those who do not have meteorology degrees to apply).

The first person to receive the CBM seal was WRAL's Greg Fishel. As of February 2007, nearly 200 CBM seals had been awarded to broadcast weather forecasters, either upgraded from the original Seal of Approval or granted to new applicants.

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