Old versions of GWO standards are available for three months, but our survey discovered 30% of training providers could be waiting up to 12 weeks to implement the new version.
GWO training standards are constantly updated. Our working groups ensure their course curricula and learning objectives reflect real risks faced by technicians in the wind energy workplace.
This is why GWO Certified Training Providers are encouraged to always use the latest version of a standard as early as possible after launch.
After the launch of versions 5 and 12 of the BTT and BST, on April 1 2019, GWO held a webinar explaining the changes. Afterwards, we surveyed participants to find out:
1) How quickly they planned to implement the new version:
2) Do they agree with the new changes?
Always use the latest version of a GWO standard.
Over 100 community colleges teach wind turbine technician programs in North America. One GWO training provider, Safety Technology (STL) USA is moving quickly to offer a new pathway into work for college students.
EDF Renewables North America (EDFR) is the latest addition to the growing list of GWO training providers in the US market.
The next generation of wind turbine technicians were placed front and centre at GWO’s Safety & Training Forum, as training providers and employers debated the best approach to onboard thousands of new people.
Standard increases safety around supervised, infrequent WTG visitors.
Specialized safety training highlighted as a significant gap for offshore wind construction and O&M; More GWO Sea Survival training will be needed to safely deliver on the 30GW 2030 target; Companies will need to guide new technicians and rapidly deploy full-scope training for them to keep up with the hastening pace of construction activity.
Among the provisions for version 11 are: a definition of non-conformity, further provision related to GWO’s Auditor Qualification Training, clarification on the qualification process for GWO auditors, criteria for defining multi-site training providers as well as specific requirements for their certification such as the production of an internal audit plan.