NOAA/National Weather Service's Warning Decision Training BranchUnited States Department of Commerce

FY 17 WOC Core, Severe, and Flash Flood Track Have Been Released

Three tracks of the Warning Operations Course (Core, Severe, and Flash Flood) are available this year. The most recent releases were in January 2017.

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Warning Decision Training Division

Office of Chief Learning Officer


The Advanced Warning Operations Course (AWOC) began in 2005 to teach NWS forecasters science, technology, and human factors concepts beyond those presented in the Distance Learning Operations Course and WSR-88D Operations Course. This year the course is renamed Warning Operations Course (WOC). The course consists of four tracks Core Decision Making, Severe Weather, Flash Flood, and Winter Weather. The courses require an on-site facilitator (SOO, DOH, or locally appointed training officer) to guide the student through the courses. The various WOC tracks include combinations of web-based training, instructor-led training webinars, Weather Event Simulator (WES) simulations, and exercises. The course is designed to allow every NWS forecaster (meteorologist and hydrologist) to take the course, but most participants are forecasters in their second and third years of NWS service. NWS forecasters should use the NWS Learning Center to complete the WOC course materials.

For more information on each of the WOC Tracks and related topics, please use the following links:

WOC Core Track: Course Info

WOC Severe Track: Course Info | Forecast Challenge - WOC | Forecast Challenge - All NWS

WOC Flash Flood Track: Course Info

WOC Winter Track: Course Description

WOC Support: WOC Help Central

NOTE: For participants and facilitators who missed the Orientation webinar sessions, you can view a recorded version to get up to speed on this year's WOC Core and Severe courses.