Classes Offered

 

OK-First Certification Class

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

Certification classes feature a mix of presentations by meteorologists, hands-on data interpretation labs, tours, and other activities.

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
  • 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 class is worth 24 hours of Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) credit for participating officials.

OK-First Assistant Certification Class

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

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

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
  • Build user proficiency to confidently use the OK-First website and tools

The OK-First Assistant Certification class is worth 12 hours of Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) credit for participating officials.

OK-First Re-certification Class

The OK-First Re-certification class is a free 1-day refresher class held at locations across Oklahoma. Approximately 10 classes are held each year and occur during late winter and late summer.

The purpose of the OK-First Re-certification class is to provide certified OK-First participants with continuing education opportunities. Unlike the OK-First Certification and Assistants classes, training content in Re-certification classes 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 classes 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 these training requirements results in a loss of certification and OK-First data access.

OK-First Re-certification classes are worth 6 hours of Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) credit for participating officials.