Storm chasing does not require any formal education, and there are no specific storm-chasing certifications or college degree programs available as of 2014. Some storm chasers have degrees or experience in meteorology or related atmospheric sciences, while others learn storm-chasing skills through unpaid internships and self-study.
Professional storm chasers spend years studying science, math, meteorology, forecasting, safety and proper chasing techniques. For beginners and hobbyists, SKYWARN, developed by the National Weather Service, provides weather-spotting training programs at NWS Weather Forecast offices across the United States. Most professional storm chasers advise against chasing without any previous training, since there is a high risk for loss of property and life.