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 Use of unpublished versions by GWO training providers may be considered a non-compliance.
GWO training standards are frequently updated. The above photo provides a graphical illustration of when GWO standards are published and when they will be reviewed.
This process allows for a handover period between old and new versions.
From July 1 2019, old versions of both the BST and BTT (versions 11 & 4) will be removed from our web site.
A standard feature of GWO's review process, training providers can continue using an existing version for three months following the introduction of a new one. This process does not apply to the Criteria for Training Providers or Criteria for Certification Bodies.
Any use of unpublished versions of GWO Standards by certified training providers should be reported to the Secretariat. To file a report, please click here.
After the launch of versions 5 and 12 of the BTT and BST, 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?
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.