NOAA/National Weather Service's Chief Learning Office United States Department of Commerce
Commerce Learning Center

WELCOME: This portal is designed to provide access to all NWS training, including course listings, course descriptions, training schedules, and online materials.

Our Mission

The Office of the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) provides professional and technical training to enable NWS employees to reach optimum performance in present assignments and future responsibilities. The Office goals are to teach job-specific, communication, leadership and practical skills for all employees; teach latest scientific and technical concepts to support research to operations; emulate the NWS working field environment in an educational setting; and provide students the ability to work and experiment with concepts or equipment off-line as part of learning.

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News & Announcements

  • COMET has published Leveraging Social Science to Improve Risk Communications. NWS forecasts are only one of many sources of forecast guidance that both expert users and the public have access to. Decision support for a spectrum of end users requires that the NWS will use social science findings and practices as a guide for making its products more accessible and effective. This lesson will focus on effective messaging when communicating weather hazards. In the process the learner will become familiar with some messaging best practices that are based on social science findings. To access this lesson in the Commerce Learning Center, click here. (03/25/19)


  • The Satellite Foundational Course for JPSS (SatFC-J) is now available in the Commerce Learning Center. This 6-8 hour course contains an orientation and 13 lessons to bring forecasters, the scientific community, and others up-to-date on the capabilities of the JPSS/NOAA-20 satellite. The JPSS satellite series introduces a variety of new and improved capabilities compared to previous NOAA satellites, and this course was designed to promote full integration of this new observation capability into NWS operations. For non-NOAA employees, the SHyMet SatFC-J course is available. (03/15/19)


  • COMET has published GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) North America Examples. This 45 minute lesson introduces learners to the benefits of using GLM gridded products, primarily Flash Extent Density (FED). Learners will explore several North American convective events and use Flash Extent Density, in combination with other satellite and radar data, to diagnose convective initiation, storm intensification, and areal extent of lightning activity. Finally, learners will get a sneak peek into future GLM gridded products and their advantages. To access this lesson in the Commerce Learning Center, click here. (01/30/19)



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