From April 2019, certification bodies must document one of three ways their auditors are qualified to certify a GWO training site or course.
A new training programme will launch in 2019 for certification bodies, enhancing their capabilities while making them more accountable for their work.
New GWO sites are growing at well over 10% a year, with 59 opening in the first nine months of 2018. Jakob Lau Holst, CEO of Global Wind Organisation, says auditor training is essential to help maintain governance, consistency and quality.
"We must also acknowledge that GWO training is growing rapidly, increasing the demand for certifying auditors. Underpinning our governance system is the GWO Criteria for Certification Bodies and like all governance systems, it is under constant review.
"Our 2019 auditor training programme is one of the new developments we will implement as part of the latest version of the criteria."
On October 1 2018, GWO published version 5 of its Criteria for Certification Bodies. "We've been listening to training providers' feedback. Our mandate is to provide adequate governance, ensuring consistent quality in delivery of training by all providers. This works well, but the assumption is an auditor knows GWO standards" - Jakob Lau Holst, CEO Global Wind Organisation.
Version 5 of the GWO Criteria for Certification Bodies introduced the following requirements:
These requirements will be mandated from 1st April 2019
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.
Basic Safety Training (BST) version 11 and Basic Technical Training (BTT) version 4 will no longer be valid from 1st July. Use of unpublished versions by GWO training providers may be considered a non-compliance.
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GWO has begun its first project to translate its standards and criteria into another language.