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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 face-to-face (or four half-days online) 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. 

    Update on 2021 courses

    Due to the evolving situation with respect to coronavirus (COVID-19) we made the difficult decision to limit our future face-to-face classroom delivery until at least the middle of the year. Recent events have shown how quickly travel and social distancing rules can change. To ensure the wellbeing of our students and instructors, our two-day face-to-face Introduction to Meteorology courses will be held at Cliftons Venues. You can read about the stringent health and safety measures at  Cliftons Venues here to find out more on how we are keeping you safe. 

    Noting the limited opportunities for face-to-face training, we are also offering a high-quality digital learning experience at a discounted rate. 

    Please get in touch with us for custom course delivery options for your organisation or register your interest below for course updates. 

    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. 

    2021 online course dates:

    2021 face-to-face course dates:
    • Limited face-to-face courses are expected to resume later in 2021

    Refer to the enrolment guide for assistance.

    How much does it cost?

    Discounted online course price for 2021 is $572 (including GST)
    Face-to-face course price for 2021 is $1062 (including GST)

    Want us to come to you?

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

    Keep in touch 

    Receive email updates about the Bureau's Introduction to Meteorology course, including course announcements, additional dates and educational resources.

    Register your interest

    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 warnings
    • 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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