Applicants for the CBM must have a BS degree or higher in meteorology, atmospheric sciences or the equivalent. Please see a list of the educational requirements at http://www.ametsoc.org/amscert/cbmrequirements.html. Applicants must pass a 100 question written examination (the passing score is 75) before they will be eligible to submit their weathercasts to the Board of Broadcast Meteorology for review. The AMS has hired a testing company, PSI/LaserGrade, to administer the examinations at their test centers. They have 700 test centers throughout North America. You will receive information on how to register for the exam once you apply. The fee for AMS members is $300 and the fee for non-members is $600. You may pay the member rate if you submit a membership application at the same time. This fee does not include a separate examination charge of $55 ($60 as of 1/1/2011) that will be paid when scheduling your exam. You may take the test up to 3 times without a waiting period. If you would like to retake the test, please contact AMS Headquarters before you re-register at LaserGrade. After a third unsuccessful attempt, there is a one-year waiting period. The $55 ($60) examination fee must be paid each time you take the test, however, there will be no additional application fee unless you fail to pass the exam after the third try. The AMS accepts checks/money orders, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express for payment of the $300/$600 fee. If you are using a credit card, please indicate the credit card information on a separate cover sheet.
There is no sample CBM test available, however, a study guide may be found at the following URL address http://www.ametsoc.org/amscert/cbmstudyguide.html.
You may download the CBM application and mail or fax it to our office with the appropriate fee.
Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Application