Does your job demand specific training in Broadcast and Operational Meteorology, yet you cannot return to college? If so, join over 350 others who have enrolled in the Broadcast and Operational Meteorology program via distance education.
The Broadcast and Operational Meteorology Program (BOMP) provides a student with a wide variety of meteorology courses. The program is designed for individuals working as broadcast meteorologists who need additional formal education in meteorology. While the vast majority of our BOMP students are television or radio weathercasters, we do have many others enrolled who are in other fields. Newspaper reporters, educators, military personnel, National Weather Service employees, and private sector meteorologists, as well as general hobbyists, are enrolled. While it is designed to complement weather training received in the military, military meteorological training is not a requirement for the program. This program is for anyone seeking to further develop skills in operational, applied meteorology.
New students must begin the program in the fall semester. The 17 online meteorology courses (52 credit hours) can be completed in a three-year period following the scheduled program of study, which consists of two courses per semester.
To earn the Certificate in Broadcast or Operational Meteorology, one must complete the following:
- 17 courses in the program with grades of "C" or higher.
- Pass a comprehensive exam with a grade of 80% or higher. The purpose of the comprehensive exam is to ensure that each student earning the certificate has adequate retention of the concepts covered through the program.
- Prior to completing the comprehensive exam, all non-military BMP/OMP students must attend the BMP/OMP Summer Workshop.
The comprehensive exam is administered online and it is available during the final two weeks of August, September, and October. Students are allowed three attempts to pass the test. If one has not passed after three attempts, they must complete an additional meteorology course to have another attempt at taking the test.
The 100-Question timed exam has multiple choice questions that test the important concepts covered in each course. To prepare for the exam in the optimum fashion, it is advisable to retain all study aides, testing materials and books used throughout the program.
Each September, we will award certificates to each student who has accomplished the above requirements.
Students may apply these courses toward the B. S in Geosciences, concentration in Broadcast and Operational Meteorology. More information on obtaining the B. S. degree can be found at BOMP website.
National Weather Association Seal of Approval
The BMP/OMP Certificate Program was developed with the aid of the National Weather Association. Once you have successfully completed the BMP curriculum, you should be prepared to do well on the NWA Seal of Approval written exam. For more information about the NWA Seal of Approval, go to the NWA Home Page.