Training for road operators

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New courses

We have revised our courses in line with customer feedback and a move towards interpretation of forecasts versus scientific theory.

We have designed a comprehensive range of road weather training courses which have been developed in consultation with experienced highway engineers and our expert road weather forecasters. Our courses cater for all levels of skill and experience, and incorporate a variety of interactive and practical learning techniques.

Learn how to confidently interpret OpenRoad forecasts; plan questions for your forecaster, and fully assess the risks to your road network in any weather situation. We can arm you with the knowledge you need to make better-informed, timely decisions; help with resource planning, and reduce the stress of marginal nights.

Courses

Why choose one of our courses?

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  • Our courses can be hosted at the world-renowned Met Office College in Exeter, or held at your own premises.
  • Endorsed by the Institute of Highways and Transportation for Continuing Professional Development (CDP) so you can accrue hours while you learn.
  • Our expert trainers have over 60 years' combined experience in meteorology and road-specific forecasting, plus an in-depth knowledge of your industry and the unique weather challenges it faces.
  • Our courses are flexible so you can build a course tailored to your needs.
  • Practical and interactive sessions combined with classroom learning to provide an enjoyable, valuable and memorable training experience.
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Training datasheet

Advance your weather decision-making skills with our expert training.

Download the Training datasheet (PDF, 167 kB)

Weather Essentials

One-day course

Who should attend

New starters who need to make road maintenance decisions or existing staff who don’t have any road meteorology training

About the course

This course is an essential guide to weather information. By practically explaining the weather in relation to road operations it enables attendees to get the most from their forecasts and consultancy services, helping them to make informed road maintenance decisions all year round.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • State how the weather affects roads.
  • Effectively use different sources of weather information.
  • Assess the risk to the road network in any weather situation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of their forecast.

Email openroad@metoffice.gov.uk to book your place

Weather in practice

One-day course

Who should attend

Road decision-makers who have previously attended the weather essentials course and those who wish to get the most out of the forecasts available for ultimate operational efficiency.

About the course

This course provides an opportunity to build on previous weather knowledge by using case studies and practical examples. It has the option to mix and match modules giving you flexibility and a course that really meets your needs.

Modules available include:

  • General weather
  • Severe weather
  • Climate change
  • Text and forecast graphs
  • Making the most of your forecast
  • Case studies including snow and hoarfrost
  • Marginal nights
  • Radar
  • OpenRoad on the web
  • Route-based forecasts.

Email openroad@metoffice.gov.uk to book your place.

Courses are conducted all year round, so for more information on courses and dates please contact our Customer Centre or email openroad@metoffice.gov.uk.

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