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
The leadership of a new Executive Committee (ExCo) of Global Wind Organisation has today been formed. The committee oversees all work carried out by the Secretariat.
GWO hosted a successful two day conference and demonstration programme, attended by 100s of guests
Existing versions of training standards will continue to be available for a period of three months. Previous criteria versions will be valid until 1 October 2019.
ILO World Safety Day 2019 is an opportunity to explain how globally recognised safety training standards raise the bar for everyone.
On 2nd April, GWO's training standards and audit & compliance specialists will be available to take questions and help with any problems.