2020 Pacific International Training Desk Distance Learning Program

Thank you for your interest in the applying for the Pacific International Training Desk (PITD). The PITD is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Weather Service (NWS) and the University of Hawaii. In light of the travel limitations imposed by Covid-19, we are now offering distance-learning at Level-1 (soon to be Level-2) until we can gather for training in-person again. We are currently accepting students for the initial pilot cohort, which will run for 10 weeks – October 5 – December 14, 2020 and is completely virtual. Training content will follow our Level-1 On-Site program closely, but includes modifications for distance-learning including a self paced approach with milestones, assignments and several instructor Q&A sessions.  Level-1 is designed for current NMHS employees from the Pacific with little/no forecasting experience. Participants can expect an average of 6 hours of self-paced online work per week plus a 1-hour interactive session with the instructor. See flyer for more details.

Please apply here for the first session. Space in this cohort is limited. Please submit ALL requested documents to pacificdesk@uhtasi.org by the due date.  Applications are due, September 20, 2020 Hawaii Standard Time.  

Required Documents:

– Completed application form
– Signed nomination letter from home meteorological organization/office or government
– Employment verification letter or proof of employment (may be included in nomination letter)
– Curriculum Vitae/Resume; must include most current job duties and responsibilities as of date of application
– Biography and photo

– Any relevant certificates from previous trainings

For further clarification, please see the Next Steps document here.


The prerequisites for this training are identical to prior Level 1 cohorts, and must be completed prior to the start date of the distance-learning course. More information will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

Participants will need access to an internet-connected computer with a printer. A camera or mobile phone camera is also necessary. Some offline work is possible, but may be difficult without assistance from the online e-Learning resources.

Distance-learning includes unique challenges – successful candidates must be self-motivated, resourceful, independent, and thorough. Prior online learning experience is helpful but not required.

Training activities will be scored for participation and content. Periodic quizzes will serve as a check on understanding. Level 1 participants must complete training with a total grade average of 70% in order to be considered for Level 2.

Distance learning Level-1 pilot course schedule:

Applications due: 18 September 2020
Prerequisites due: 2 October 2020
Course begins: 5 October 2020
Course ends: 14 December 2020

Please email us if you have any questions or contact us at 011-808-956-9557.

Thank you,
Pacific Desk Team