The Institute is charged with the responsibility of training personnel in Meteorology, Operational Hydrology and related geo-sciences in the country and the English-speaking countries in Africa and parts of Asia. 

IMTR’s programs are guided by WMO Manual on the Implementation of Education and Training Standards in Meteorology and Hydrology – Vol 1 (WMO Doc 1083), Guide to Competency (WMO – No 1205), Guidelines for Trainers in Meteorological, Hydrological and Climate Services (WMO – No. 1114)

IMTR has the capacity and ability to organise and host specialised training courses, workshops and seminars in various fields of meteorology, hydrology, environmental science, disaster management and related geo-sciences due to its existing infrastructure, manpower and collaboration with other institutions both locally, regionally and internationally. The Institute offers regular courses as prescribed by WMO and tailor-made courses depending on the training needs. All courses are conducted in the English language.

The Institute conducts regular syllabus reviews for all its courses to ensure that they remain relevant and also embrace emerging technological changes and advancements. Currently the syllabi have been revised to adopt the competency based training approach that has been recommended by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In addition, the review is also guided by post course evaluation and market demands.  

Courses available:

Advanced Meteorological Technician Course (AMTC)-WMO Class II (2 years)

Equips the trainee with knowledge and skills to work as an Advanced-level Meteorological Technician with prospects to work in weather /climate/ environmental monitoring, forecasting, research, and training. The training provides the student with the skills and knowledge contained in the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorological Technicians. It further seeks to ensure that the trainees can demonstrate skills and requisite competencies to work as Meteorological Technician.

Requirements: O-level certificate with mean grade C (or equivalent) and credits in English, Mathematics and Physics/Physical Science

Duration: 2 years starting July 2021

Advanced Meteorological Technician Course (AMTC)-WMO Class II (1 year)

Equips the trainee with knowledge, skills and competencies to work as an Advanced-level Meteorological Technician with prospects to work in weather /climate/environmental monitoring, forecasting, research, and training. The training provides the student with the skills and knowledge contained in the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorological Technicians (BIP-MT). It further equips the trainee with the requisite demonstrable competencies to work as a Meteorological Technician.

Requirements: A-level certificate with mean grade C (or equivalent) and credits in English, Mathematics and Physics/Physical Science or a Middle Meteorological Technicians Certificate (WMO Class III).
Duration: 1 year starting July 2021

Middle Meteorological Technician Course (MMTC)

Equips the trainee with basic knowledge and skills to accurately and objectively carry out routine meteorological and related observations. Aims at providing the student with the skills and knowledge contained Basic Instruction Package for Meteorological Technicians. The trainee will be able to demonstrate the requisite meteorological observational competencies.

Requirements: O –level certificate with, mean grade C (or equivalent) with credits in English, Mathematics and Physics /Physical sciences.

Duration: 21 Months starting June 2021

Specialized Aeronautical Meteorological Observations Course (SAMOC)

Equips the trainee with skills to make Aeronautical meteorological observations. The trainee will be able to monitor the weather, observe and record meteorological phenomena, ensure quality of system performance and of meteorological information and communicate meteorological information to users. Successful candidates will be awarded certificates of competence in Aeronautical Meteorological Observations.

Requirements: O-level certificate. Suitable Meteorological observations working in the field of aviation.
Duration: 3 Months starting March/September 2021

Operational Training Course (OTC)

Prepares the trainee for a professional career in Operational Meteorology through simulations and on-the-job training (OJT). At the end of the course the trainees will be able to demonstrate the requisite competencies for operational forecasters. They will thus be able to; analyze and monitor the weather situation, forecast meteorological phenomena, warn of hazardous phenomena, ensure quality of meteorological information and communicate meteorological information to users.

Requirements: The course is intended for holders of BSc. degrees in Meteorology

Duration: 6 Months, starting January/June 2021

Aeronautical Meteorological Forecasters Course

Introduces trainee to Meteorology and prepares them for a professional career in Aeronautical Meteorological Forecasting in an operational forecasting office. The training provides the student with the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists working at Aeronautical Meteorological. Forecasting Offices in line with WMO No. 1083. It further equips the trainee with the knowledge to demonstrate the requisite skills and competencies for Aeronautical Meteorological Forecasters. Upon completion, the participants will be able to analyze and monitor the weather situation, forecast aeronautical meteorological phenomena, warn of hazardous phenomena, ensure quality of meteorological information and communicate meteorological information to users.
Requirements: The course is intended for holders of a BSc. degree in Mathematics and Physics.
Duration: 6 Months, offered on request

Advanced Forecasting Course (AFC)

Equips the student with forecasting skills to enable them make accurate weather forecasts.At the end of the training, the student should be able to; Analyse and monitor the weather situation, forecast meteorological phenomena, warn of hazardous phenomena, ensure quality of meteorological information and communicate meteorological information to users.

Requirements: Diploma in Advanced Meteorological Technicians Course

Duration: 3 months - Offered on request

GIS and Remote Sensing

Custom-made for clients whose staff require training in examining specific problems and finding solutions, and to improve technical, managerial, strategic and operational skills of staff for immediate application at work.

Requirements: O-level certificate, mean grade C. Open to individuals who require improving their skills in visualization, analysis, interpretation and understanding of data relationships, patterns and trends.

Duration: 4 weeks - Offered on request

Marine Meteorological Course (MMC)

Equips the trainee with basic knowledge and skills in Marine Meteorology and Oceanography to enable them to carry out their duties in a Marine Meteorological Office.

Requirements: The course is intended for holders of a BSc. degree in Meteorology

Duration: 3 months - offered on request

Specialised Aeronautical Meteorological Forecasters Course (SAMFC)

Enhances participants’ skills in the use of aviation specific codes and practices and broadens their knowledge in diagnosing and forecasting aviation specific phenomena. Upon completion, the participants will be able to analyse and monitor the weather situation, forecast aeronautical meteorological phenomena, warn of hazardous phenomena, ensure quality of meteorological information and communicate meteorological information to users.
Requirements: O-level certificate. Suitable for para- professionals working in the field of aviation.
Duration: 3 months starting March/September 2021

Disaster Management Course

Enhances the capacity of the participants to effectively address disaster management and disaster risk reduction issues, and contribute effectively to poverty reduction, humanitarian assistance and sustainable development

Requirements: O-level certificate. Suitable for persons working in Disaster Management Services and related fields.

Duration: 3 weeks - offered on request

Climate Change and Sustainable development

Equips the participants with knowledge and skills in climate/climate change detection and attribution, mitigation adaptation, and related environmental issues. Participants will also be equipped with skills to spur environmentally sustainable socio-economic development
Requirements: O-level certificate. Suitable for professionals working in Meteorology, hydrology, agriculture, marine, construction, environment, manufacturing, NGOs, CBOs, FBOs
Duration: 2 weeks - offered on request

Course in Applied Climatology (CAC)

Equips participants with knowledge in application of climatology in various specialized fields Participants will also be appraised on topical developments in climate related issues like climate change.

Requirements: O-level certificate. Suitable for professionals/para- professionals working in the fields of Meteorology, operational hydrology, environmental management and related areas.

Duration: 4 weeks - offered on request

Table Driven Code Format (TDCF)

Equips the trainees with knowledge and skills to apply digital code formats in the representation and exchange of meteorological data in accordance with World Meteorological Organization (WMO) requirements

Requirements: Meteorological Technician certificate or WMO Class III

Duration: 4 weeks – offered on request

Data Management and CLIMSOFT Course

Improves technical and operational skills of trainees in data management practices, quality control and analysis for immediate application at work.

Requirements: Open to individuals involved in data collection, data quality control and analysis

Duration: 4 weeks on request

Meteorological Instruments and Methods of Observation Course (MIMOC)

Enables the trainee understand the principles of basic meteorological instruments and observational techniques.
Requirements: O-Level Certificate. Open to individuals who require to learn meteorological observation techniques.
Duration: 3 months - offered on request

Broadcast Meteorology Course

Equips participants with skills that enable them to make weather presentations through the electronic media more effectively

Requirements: O-level certificate. Open to individuals who make weather presentations through electronic media

Duration: 4 weeks on request

Advanced Meteorological and Data Management Course (AMIDMC)

Provides the participant with an opportunity to enhance their skills and expertise in the field of meteorological observations and maintenance of basic meteorological instruments, water resources assessment, data processing and analysis and interpretation of meteorological data
Requirements: O-level certificate. Open to individuals carrying out maintenance of meteorological instruments, meteorological observations
Duration: 5 weeks - offered on request

Instruments Maintenance and Calibration Course (IMCC)

Equips participants with knowledge and practical skills in the science of measurement as well as care and calibration of meteorological instruments.

Requirements: O-level certificate, Open to individuals with knowledge in basic meteorological instruments and observations

Duration: 4 weeks - offered on request

Satellite Application Course (SAC)

Increases the knowledge and skills of meteorological trainers and users in the use of satellite data and products.
Course structure: The course is offered in conjunction with EUMETSAT and South African Weather Services (SAWS) and is designed in two phases: online and face-to-face.
The online phase lasts 6 weeks followed by 1 week of face-to-face physical interaction in a classroom/field training set-up at IMTR, Nairobi and South African Weather Service (SAWS) in Pretoria.
Target audience: Meteorologists and Weather Forecasters
Applications are via ASMET.africa offered in May/June, 2021

Aeronautical Continuous Professional Development Course (ACPDC)

To increase the knowledge, skills and Competencies of Aeronautical meteorological Forecasters, Aeronautical meteorological Officers, Managers and Instructors serving the Aviation sector.

Course structure: The course is designed to be implemented in two phases: online and face-to-face. The online phase will last 8 weeks followed by 2 weeks of face-to-face physical interaction in a classroom/field training set-up at IMTR

Target audience: The course is intended for Aeronautical Meteorological Forecasters, Aeronautical Meteorological Officers & Managers and Instructors

Duration: 3 months - offered on request

Regional Initial Forecasting Course (IFC)

Prepares the trainee for a professional career in Operational Meteorology through simulations and on-the-job training (OJT).

At the end of the course the trainees will be able to demonstrate the requisite competencies for operational forecasters. They will thus be able to; analyse and monitor the weather situation, forecast meteorological phenomena, warn of hazardous phenomena, ensure quality of meteorological information and communicate meteorological information to users.

Requirements: The course is intended for holders of a BSc. degree in Maths, Chemistry and Physics

Duration: 1 year starting June 2021

Tailor made courses

Tailor made courses offered as may be requested from our customers and Stakeholders with a main objective of increasing the knowledge, skills and competencies in the field of Meteorology and hydrometeorology: skills and competencies enhancement

How to apply

Download the application form here. Apply in writing to the undersigned, attaching scanned copies of academic certificates, transcripts, and passport/National Identity card. email  us on: admissions@kimtr.ac.ke or imtr.wmo.rtc.nairobi@gmail.com