NWS Impact-Based Decision Support Services PDS
Weather-Ready Nation is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather. To achieve this goal, it is imperative that the NWS expand its capacity to provide superior impact-based decision support services (IDSS) in all phases of the disaster life cycle. This Professional Development Series (PDS) focuses on identifying professional competencies needed to perform IDSS, along with an inventory of instructional components available to build those skill sets.
Baseline Training (PCUs 1 - 3): Required IDSS Training for Operational Employees
Operational employees must complete Professional Competency Units (PCUs 1-3) of the IDSS Professional Development Series (PDS). An operational employee is someone who works in local, regional, or national operations. This includes working at national centers, CWSUs, RFCs, ROCs, NWSOC and WFOs. Here is a list of employees validated by the Mission Delivery Council (MDC) that are required to take IDSS baseline training.
Development and Operations Hydrologists (DOHs)
Service Coordination Hydrologists (SCHs)
Hydrometeorological Technicians (HMTs)
Observation Program Leaders (OPLs)
Service Hydrologists (SHs)
Data Acquisition Program Managers (DAPMs)
Science and Operations Officers (SOOs)
Warning Coordination Meteorologists (WCMs)
National Centers (NCEP/Water Center/NTWC/PTWC)
National HQs NWSOC Employees
*Any 1301, 1315, 1316, 1340, or 1341 employee that supervisors deem are operational and provide IDSS.
Training Optional for:
Electronics Technicians (ETs)
Administration Systems Assistants (ASAs)
Electronics Systems Analysts (ESAs)
Information Technology Officers (ITOs)