Below are frequently asked questions for those interested in the Pacific Desk. Please take note that there are different answers for some questions depending on the location of the Pacific Desk (Guam/Hawaii).

Accepted Trainees

Once an applicant is informed that he/she has been accepted into the Pacific International Training Desk, they should already begin the process of obtaining a U.S. B-1 Visa for travel to the United States. For additional information on Visa requirements/processes please visit:

Please note that if you do not have a U.S. Visa in hand by the time you need to travel to participate in this program, you will be disqualified and removed from the program.

  1. eLearning Prerequisite Course: Intended for forecasters who want to attend the in person training in Honolulu. The course materials will be distributed via USB flash drives for local viewing (not via an Internet connection). Quizzes and assessments will be conducted via an online eCourse Management System. The prerequisite course must be completed as part of the application process. Documented experience may be substituted on a case-by-case basis.
  2. On-Site Training: A month long in person training will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii at the NWS Forecast Office on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. As before, the program will provide students’ travel, lodging, per diem and a laptop computer.
  3. Communication Training: In addition to meteorology training, the on-site program includes a unit on weather related communication systems and content management programs to raise awareness and develop capacity for utilization of tools that are readily available in the region.
  4. Workshops: Regional, in-country workshops will be held periodically on a variety of specialized forecast topics including aviation, tropical cyclone, tsunami, and marine forecasting.
January 2014 Circular Letter: Pacific International Training Desk Re-Opens
Jan – June 6, 2014 Ongoing Nomination Period
April 30, 2014 Selection Committee – Cohort 1
May 9, 2014 Cohort 1 – Acceptance
June 6, 2014 APPLICATION DEADLINE
June 16, 2014 Cohort 1 Begins
June 30, 2014 Selection Committee – Cohort 2, 3, and 4
July 11, 2014 Cohort 1 Ends
July 13 – Aug 14 Evaluation Period
July 2014 Cohort 2, 3 and 4 – Acceptance
August 11, 2014 Cohort 2 Begins
September 5, 2014 Cohort 2 Ends
September 15, 2014 Cohort 3 Begins
October 10, 2014 Cohort 3 Ends
October 20, 2014 Cohort 4 Begins
November 14, 2014 Cohort 4 Ends
TBD Future Cohorts