Courses Offered

 

OK-First Certification Course

The OK-First Certification Course is 4-day class held at the National Weather Center in Norman. Two Certification courses are offered each year - typically during late winter and late summer. The Certification Course is open to public safety officials wanting to become OK-First Certified. This course is not open to the public.

Certification courses feature a mix of presentations taught by OK-First staff and experts at the National Weather Center, hands-on data interpretation labs, and visits to various offices at the National Weather Center.

Class objectives are to:

  • Introduce participants to the Oklahoma Mesonet, OK-First, National Weather Service, and the broader weather enterprise.
  • Educate participants on basic weather fundamentals.
  • Educate participants on the ingredients needed for severe storms, winter storms, and heavy rainfall as well as products to prepare for and monitor them.
  • Establish a strong working knowledge of basic radar principles, limitations, products, and applications.
  • Integrate knowledge of weather observations and radar during severe storm, winter storm, heavy rainfall, and tornado outbreak events.
  • Build user proficiency to confidently use the OK-First website and tools.

The Oklahoma Mesonet is able to provide a limited number of attendees with travel support to the class (per diem, hotel, and mileage). Agencies must be located 60 or more miles away from Norman to be eligible.

The OK-First Certification Course is worth 24 hours of CLEET credit for participating officers.

OK-First Assistant Certification Course

The OK-First Assistant Certification Course is a 2-day class held in Norman at the National Weather Center. Three to four Assistants classes are offered each year with classes occurring during late winter and late summer. The Assistant Certification Course is open to public safety officials working at agencies with at least one member at the OK-First Certified level. This course is not open to the public.

Assistant Certification courses feature a mix of presentations taught by OK-First staff and hands-on data interpretation labs. The Assistant Certification course features a subset of materials taught at the OK-First Certification course.

Class objectives are to:

  • Educate participants on basic weather fundamentals.
  • Educate participants on the ingredients needed for severe storms as well as products to prepare for and monitor them.
  • Establish a strong working knowledge of basic radar principles, limitations, products, and applications.
  • Integrate knowledge of weather observations and radar during severe storm events.
  • Build user proficiency to confidently use the OK-First website and tools.

The OK-First Assistant Certification Course is worth 12 hours of CLEET credit for participating officers.

OK-First Re-certification Course

The OK-First Re-certification Course is a 1-day refresher class held at locations across Oklahoma. Approximately 10 courses are held each year and occur during late winter and late summer. Enrollment begins several months before courses are held.

The purpose of the OK-First Re-certification Course is to provide certified OK-First participants with continuing education opportunities. Unlike the OK-First Certification and Assistants courses, training content in Re-certification courses change from year to year and can include topics such as: training on new tools/websites, re-visiting fundamental topics, training on new weather data/radar products, applying concepts to recent weather events, and more.

Certified OK-First participants are required to take OK-First Re-certification courses no less than once every 18 months while OK-First Assistant Certified participants are required to attend no less than once every 24 months. Failure to comply with this training requirement results in a loss of certification and OK-First data access.

OK-First Re-certification Courses are worth 6 hours of CLEET credit for participating officers.