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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 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. 

    The course is available in two formats: an online course that can be completed at your own pace and an instructor-led course in a virtual classroom.

    Introduction to Meteorology Online

    • Online course that can be completed at your own pace.
    • Ten modules include four of our most popular electives have been packaged with bespoke graphics and videos to make the weather come alive.
    • Each module takes 1 to 1.5 hours to complete, so we recommend completion over 2 to 3 days.
    • You can find out more information about the online course in our Introduction to Meteorology Online Course Overview.
    Virtual Instructor-Led Courses

    • Introduction to Meteorology course delivered in our virtual classroom.
    • Delivered over 4 half-days, generally 08:45 to 12:30 AEST each day.
    • Course size is limited to 20 people to ensure a personalised experience.
    • Each course is facilitated by a meteorologist trainer, who can answer questions and demonstrate concepts in real time.
    • You can find out more information about the instructor-led course in our Introduction to Meteorology Course Overview.

    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 overviews (linked above) 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 instructor-led course, you can indicate your electives preferences on the pre-course survey. We'll cover the most popular electives selected by course participants from the list below:

    • flood forecasts and warnings
    • tropical cyclones
    • fire weather and heatwaves
    • climate principles and climate outlooks
    • marine weather
    • tsunami
    • aviation 

    Read our electives overview for more information.

    How to enrol

    Ensure you have registered for an account and are logged in (refer to the enrolment guide for assistance), then click the option below to enrol. Access to the course will be granted automatically after payment has been made.

    Introduction to Meteorology Online

    Virtual Instructor-Led Courses

    • We are currently heavily booked for 2023 and are considering options for 2024.
    • Pricing is $599 (including GST).

    Looking for more options?

    Additional dates and tailored content can be created to meet the needs of your organisation, including one-day masterclasses, face to face delivery and bulk enrolments. Contact the Course Manager via  for group bookings and pricing. 

    Who do I contact?

    Contact the Course Manager via email: with any questions.

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