Information for foreign-trained meteorologists

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Information on requirements to practise

The occupations in this category include climatologist and weather forecaster as well as meteorologists in different specialties. These occupations are not regulated in legislation across Canada. However, membership in the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) is open to persons and organizations having an interest in meteorology or oceanography. CMOS endorses suitably qualified weathercasters and accredits suitably qualified consultants in meteorology and oceanography.  Some employers may require CMOS membership, endorsement or accreditation as a condition of employment.

For further information on the qualifications, training, and certification process, you can contact the national organizations below.

Weather and Meteorology, Environment Canada
National Office
Ottawa ON   K1A 0H3   Canada
Phone : 819-997-2800
Phone (alternate): 1-800-668-6767
Fax : 819-994-1412
Email : 

The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society can provide information on the criteria for CMOS endorsement as a weathercaster and for CMOS accreditation as a consultant with meteorological and oceanographic knowledge and expertise.

Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS)
P.O. Box 3211, Station D
4E158 - 200, Kent Street
Ottawa ON   K1P 6H7   Canada
Phone : 613-990-0300
Fax : 613-990-1617
Email : 

Information on assessment of qualifications

Although the MSC-EC and CMOS can provide information on these occupations in Canada, they are not set up to assess foreign credentials before you arrive.

If you need to have your credentials assessed before coming to Canada, you may contact an evaluation service and consult our Fact Sheet No. 2, "Assessment and recognition of credentials for the purpose of employment in Canada." Although the evaluation services offer expert advice on how qualifications obtained abroad compare with credentials obtained in a Canadian province or territory, the evaluation is advisory only and does not guarantee recognition of your qualifications for employment or certification purposes in Canada. Please note that they charge a fee for their services.

Other relevant information

For a general description of duties and employment requirements, you can refer to the information prepared by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada regarding

Specific Provincial/Territorial Information

The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC),
a unit of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).

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