The requirements confirm that digital learning may be used to deliver GWO certified training
The digital learning requirements are a PERMANENT initiative. While they have been fast tracked owing to Covid-19, they will remain in place and be incorporated into the GWO Requirements for Certification Bodies and Training Providers.
The COVID-19 pandemic crisis will change the way to work and live. For the wind industry, the crisis is likely to vastly increase use of digital learning technologies.
On a weekly basis, an estimated 1,000 technicians run out of validity of their current basic safety training. Digital learning and online tools can be an important tool to refresh their knowledge related to safety as a partial skills fade mitigation initiative.
In the face of this, and as a reply to several requests from GWO training providers regarding the possibility of delivering training via digital channels, the Secretariat today publishes “Requirements for GWO training providers and certification bodies for digital learning”.
The requirements confirm that digital learning may be used to deliver GWO certified training. The document sets forth specific requirements for applying digital learning technologies to deliver GWO training and shall be considered an addendum to the current version of GWO Training Provider Requirements.
This addendum has been fast-tracked for release due the COVID-19 pandemic, however its content has been developed as part of the ongoing review of our governance.
The addendum will be integrated with the updated Requirements for Training Providers (version 9) and Requirements for Certification Bodies (version 7) to be released May 1, 2020. If an already certified GWO Training Provider wishes to shift from another already certified method of training delivery to one of those listed in the guidance, this shall be audited and assessed by a GWO Certification Body as an extension to the current certificate. The extension audit may be carried out remotely.
Please take a moment to study the guidance and contact the GWO Helpdesk with any questions. Meanwhile, a webinar has been scheduled on 5th May following publication of the new Requirements for Certification Bodies and Requirements for Training Providers.
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In the first edition of GWO's Training in the Pandemic Expert Series Webinars, guest panelists provided a guided tour of their facility and steps taken to minimise contamination between employees and participants.