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  • Introduction to Meteorology logo      Introduction to Meteorology

    About our weather course

    Introduction to Meteorology (I2M) is a weather course delivered by professional meteorologists from the Bureau of Meteorology. This specialised two-day introductory course will arm you with the practical weather knowledge you need to make critical decisions and manage risk.

    The course content is relevant to government and private organisations, as well as individuals with an interest in the science of meteorology. 

    Coronavirus Update

    Due to the evolving situation with respect to coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the difficult decision to suspend enrolments in future Introduction to Meteorology courses at this time. The decision has been made after reviewing the risks to participants, trainers and likely restrictions on access to buildings housing operational shiftworking staff. A number of participants have already been instructed not to attend the course by their employer.

    We are currently devoting resources to configuring our virtual classroom environment to provide a high quality learning experience with our trainers. Following a successful trial with an internal audience, we hope to offer the course on the dates below over the internet and will re-open enrolments at that time.

    How to enrol

    Click on your preferred course date and location to enrol. 

    The course size is limited to ensure a personalised experience. No prior experience required. 

    2020 course dates:

    Course price for 2020 is $1062 (including GST). 

    Want us to come to you?

    Additional dates and tailored course content can be made available for delivery at your organisation. Contact the Course Manager for group bookings and pricing. 

    Refer to the 
    enrolment guide for assistance.

    Keep in touch 

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    What will I learn?

    • Basic principles of atmospheric science and weather forecasting
    • Major systems which influence the weather
    • The broad range of weather and warning services delivered by the Bureau of Meteorology, and how you can use these to make better, more informed decisions

    Read our course overview for more information.

    How do I shape the course for my interests?

    A meteorologist explains how to interpret satellite imagery to a course attendeeAfter enrolling in your preferred course you can indicate your elective preferences on the pre-course survey. We'll cover the most popular electives selected by course participants from the list below:

    • thunderstorms and severe weather (always covered)
    • flood warning
    • tropical cyclones
    • fire weather and heatwaves
    • climate principles and climate outlooks
    • marine weather
    • tsunami
    • aviation 

    Read our electives overview for more information.

    Who do I contact?

    Contact the Course Manager via email:

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