Introduction to GWO (Global Wind Organisation)

GWO standards have been created by the industry, for the industry. GWO members are globally leading turbine manufacturers and owners, representing a majority of installed wind energy capacity around the world.

Together, they share risk information and expertise to create training standards that improve safety and build a competent workforce.

Members collaborate and identify work activities where the creation of standardised training can enhance safety for technicians and deliver productivity benefits for their companies.

Is it for me?

Basic Safety Training (BST) for personnel in the wind industry provides the essential skills required to work correctly and safely.

As a GWO Training Provider, our training courses are certified by GWO, which ensures that delegates can apply their skills and certificates when working in the wind turbine industry across the world.

This course aims to give the participants the necessary knowledge and skills to act safely. It is imperative to know how to take the right preventive actions - both during regular operations and in a given emergency in an offshore wind energy environment.

Career path and progression within the wind industry.

There are many career options within the wind industry depending on which stage you are involved in, including:

  • Planning and Development
  • Pre-Construction
  • Installation and Commissioning
  • Operation and Maintenance
  • Decommissioning

While a number of jobs may be office based, most will be in the field, either onshore or offshore:

  • Project Managers
  • Contract Engineers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Site Managers
  • Installation Managers
  • Wind Turbine Technicians
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Cable Jointers
  • Field Service Technicians
  • Blade Repair Technicians
  • Tower Teams
  • Riggers
  • Emergency Response Team Members
  • Vessel Crews

Dependent on the role, you will likely be required to complete additional specialist training to increase your chances of landing a job.

GWO has developed training for all areas of the wind industry including blade repair and lifting operations.

Our Basic Safety training package covers various aspects of the work environment, providing you with valuable knowledge and skills including sea survival, manual handling, first aid, working at height and fire awareness.

Due to the skills shortage in the wind industry and the secluded locations of many wind farms, employers are often searching for potential employees with skills in multiple disciplines.

Wind personnel can therefore benefit from training in additional areas, including rigging, banksman, rope access and first aid.

Why choose TWI ?

TWI is one of the leading training centres in the world offering a number a high profile courses from non-destructive testing (NDT) to topside and underwater diver inspection.

TWI is the only place in the world that offers these courses alongside Global Wind Organisation GWO Basic Safety Training. All of our instructors are second-to-none with years of experience in their fields.

GWO Refresher Training, Basic Safety Training Refresher (BSTR)

TWI can offer a full GWO basic safety refresher training, provided the delegate is within the validity period specified by the Global Wind Organisation

A certificate or training record can be renewed up to two months prior to expiry, maintaining the original certification date by uploading the previous certificate’s ‘valid until’ date in WINDA.

What to bring

All training and safety equipment will be provided by TWI for each module. You will be required to bring your own suitable safety footwear and some form of swimwear for under your survival suit. 

WINDA account registration

Each delegate will be required to register an account on WINDA and make a note of their unique WINDA ID:

Certificate renewal

You can renew the full BST within the validity period, however only the first aid and working at heights modules are available as refresher courses with the other modules between renewals.

If a certificate or training record is expired, the participant must attend the full Basic Safety

Module(s) Training to obtain a new training record.

All completed GWO modules carry a validity period of 24 months

Globally recognised qualification

The first step to any career in the wind industry is ensuring you have the required certifications.

The Global Wind Organisation (GWO) sets the international standard for safety training and emergency procedures in the global wind industry.

All offshore personnel in the wind industry are required to complete the minimum level of basic safety training, which includes:

  • GWO Working at Height
  • GWO Manual Handling
  • GWO First Aid
  • GWO Fire Awareness
  • GWO Sea Survival*

(*Onshore personnel are not required to complete GWO Sea Survival training)

Any of our GWO courses can be completed individually as a day course or as part of a GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) package

All certification and completed modules for GWO training courses will be uploaded on to a system called WINDA:

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