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 | Lesson Outline
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.