Global Wind Organization members are beginning a major technical training standardization project, certifying and meriting thousands of technicians over the coming months. GWO’s membership, which includes many of the world’s largest OEMs and operators, is starting the process of assessing the basic technical training they provided to more than 53,000 technicians. The training will align with the GWO Basic Technical Training Standard.
“The result will be a global pool of technicians whose’ basic safety and technical training competences can be validated in the GWO database WINDA and transferred from one employer to the next, helping employers avoid unnecessary spending on retraining, and providing certainty across the supply chain,” said Jakob Lau Holst, CEO of Global Wind Organisation.
After the end of March 2018, all new technicians working for GWO member companies and their suppliers, will be expected to complete the BTT Standard.
“Those who have existing training from GWO member companies will have their existing training merit assessed over the coming months and where appropriate, they will be offered gap training to fill in any of the missed learning objectives which exist between their legacy training and the BTT Standard,” added Jakob. “The process of transitioning thousands of technicians from multiple, entry level technical training certificates issued by members, to the GWO Basic Technical Training Standard is a significant undertaking.”
Independent training providers deliver GWO-certified training to delegates worldwide, with 156 companies doing so in 2017.
“Our members are, through the process of merit assessment and third-party audit, transitioning thousands of technicians onto the BTT standard,” added Jakob. “Meanwhile, technicians from smaller organizations or self-employed contractors with pre-existing training can now have their previous experience and training validated and receive gap training with the support of BTT certified independent training providers. The gap will vary between companies, but normally requires only a few additional hours’ training in one BTT training module.”