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.
The first of October 2022 saw Global Wind Organisation launch the latest version (V11) of its Requirements for Certification Bodies. This updated guidance on how certification bodies interact within the GWO community again focusses on the role of audit and certification of training providers. 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.
The most significant update coming into effect in these Requirements is the addition of a multi-site certification scheme. GWO has introduced this in response to the call from larger training providers for GWO to offer a flexible approach for training centres that operate under a single management system, share staff and have other common features. The exact criteria to qualify under the multi-site scheme are detailed in the document along with the documentation needed to demonstrate compliance. A core element of the multi-site scheme is the inclusion for the first time in the GWO certification system of an internal audit element within a planned certification approach. This means, within specified parameters, a limited number of internal audits can form part of the overall audit trail leading to external certification. As well as allowing relevant training providers the possibility of increased compliance flexibility, GWO expect that training providers in multi-site scheme can achieve cost differentials while still meeting quality management demands.
GWO CEO, Jakob Lau Holst said;
GWO is committed to seek simple and proportionate responses in all that it does. The greater flexibility and cost-efficiency offered by the multi-site certification scheme maintains GWO ambitions for quality assurance of training while acknowledging capability of those training providers who have strong internal auditing functions. I would like to thank the working group of training providers, auditors and members who have identified this opportunity.
New member Ocean Winds will bring its international expertise to GWO, as they work together to strive for an injury free work environment in the offshore wind industry. Ocean Winds’ 15 offshore wind projects in 7 countries and across three continents are expected to push up demand for standardised training.
🔹2022 Annual Report shows 21% increase in GWO Active Workforce 🔹104 new training providers certified as network expands 🔹153 existing training providers broaden their GWO standards portfolio certification
• Global specialist offshore wind business Corio Generation joins as leading member • Corio's growing global windfarm portfolio will increase demand for standardised training
Global Wind Organisation is delighted to announce that Energy Ireland, as the promoting organisation for Green Tech Skillnet, will be adopting the new GWO Entry Level Framework for their award-winning Skills Connect Wind Turbine Technician Programme.
One of the defining characteristics of northeastern Brazil’s status as a prime location for wind farms is also causing problems in recruiting local talent. Now, thanks to a new programme called ‘Keep it Local’ 25 residents of Caiçara do Rio do Vento are being trained in GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) and are on the pathway to begin new careers in wind.
On November 1st Global Wind Organisation (GWO) releases the Wind Limited Access Standard. This new standard was developed to provide a minimum viable safety training for infrequent visitors to onshore and offshore wind turbine generators (WTG) environments when supervised by at least two GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) qualified persons.