AWO Initial Certification

The Aerodrome Weather Observer (AWO) training and assessment program is provided for persons who make a visual assessment of the weather for use within the aviaiton industry in Australia.

There are two classes of AWO certification:

  • AWO Class A certification is required by those who make visual weather observations for dissemination in the Aerodrome Weather Report (METAR/SPECI) format. Typical personnel who seek Class A certification are Bureau of Meteorology Technical Officers and Forecasters, Australian Antarctic Division Expeditioners, and Royal Australian Navy Observers and Forecasters.
  • AWO Class B certification is required by those who make visual weather observations for dissemination as Take-off and Landing Reports, such as in an ATIS Broadcast or as plain language reports via radio. Typical personnel who seek Class B certification are Airservices Australia and RAAF Air Traffic Services staff, Certified Air/Ground Radio Operators and Aerodrome Reporting Officers.

Full details of Observer certification requirements are specified in the Meteorological Authority's Qualifications and Competencies - Aerodrome Weather Observers policy.

Note: The AWO certification program is intended for persons with an industry requirement to provide observations and is not available for the public generally.

AWO Class A Initial certification is comprised of theory modules and a practical module. The theory modules are completed online, with the practical module either completed in the workplace or at the Bureau's training facility in Melbourne.

Method:

Online and Practical Training and Assessments

Duration:

Varies; usually extends across several weeks

Assessment:

Theory quizzes and a practical demonstration of skills

Contact:

bmtc-awo@bom.gov.au

AWO Class B Initial certification is comprised of theory modules and a practical module. The theory modules are completed online, with the practical module usually completed in the workplace.

Method:

Online and Practical Training and Assessments

Duration:

Varies; usually extends across several weeks

Assessment:

Theory quizzes and a practical demonstration of skills

Contact:

bmtc-awo@bom.gov.au