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GWO INFO

Find information about GWO, the standards and other questions for the wind turbine industry.

  

What is GWO?

GWO (Global Wind Organisation) is a non-profit organization founded by wind turbine manufacturers and owners,
like Vestas, Siemens, Ørsted, Vattenfall, GE, Enercon etc..

The reason for starting up this GWO organization was in order to ensure a safe industry and in 2012 the first
version of the GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) standard, was released.

This safety standard was followed by the Basic Technical Training (BTT) Standard in 2017.

Since then, new GWO standards has been released, e.g. GWO Advanced Rescue (ART) and GWO Enhanced First Aid
(EFA).

Who is GWO?

GWO (Global Wind Organisation) is a non-profit organization founded by wind turbine manufacturers and owners,
like Vestas, Siemens, Ørsted, Vattenfall, GE, Enercon etc..

The reason for starting up this GWO organization was in order to ensure a safe industry and in 2012 the first
version of the GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) standard, was released.

This safety standard was followed by the Basic Technical Training (BTT) Standard in 2017.

Since then, new GWO standards has been released, e.g. GWO Advanced Rescue (ART) and GWO Enhanced First Aid
(EFA).

What is a GWO certificate?

There are several GWO certifications. One GWO certificate is mandatory in order to work in the wind turbine industry,
This certificate is the GWO BST (Basic Safety Training).

It is mandatory to have this certification, both for Technicians, Site Managers, HSE staff, subcontractors etc. – it is relevant for all people working on a site.

This certificate include five modules:
GWO WAH (Working at Height)
GWO FAW (Fire Awareness)
GWO FA (First Aid)
GWO MH (Manuel Handling)
GWO SS (Sea Survival)

The first four modules is needed in order to work on-shore. If you work off-shore, you will need all five modules.

 

What is a GWO basic safety training?

The GWO BST (Basic Safety Training) is your entrance to the wind turbine industry.
On the GWO BST training you learn how to work safe in this industry.

This certificate include five modules:
GWO WAH (Working at Height)
GWO FAW (Fire Awareness)
GWO FA (First Aid)

GWO MH (Manuel Handling)

GWO SS (Sea Survival)

The first four modules is needed in order to work on-shore. If you work off-shore, you will need all five modules.

 

How long does GWO certifications last?

All GWO Safety training is valid in 24 months.

The GWO BTT (Technical training) has no expire.

How do I get a GWO certificate?

The GWO Safety Training certificate, you can have in most countries globally.

Link for globally GWO training providers: https://www.globalwindsafety.org/trainingproviders/findttraningprovider

Denmark: https://www.globalwindacademy.com/da 

Vietnam: https://www.globalwindacademy.com/vn 

Japan: https://www.globalwindacademy.com/jp 

China: https://www.globalwindacademy.com/ch 

What is GWO BST?

GWO BST is a standard within the wind turbine industry.
GWO for Global Wind Organization, link: https://www.globalwindsafety.org/

BST for Basic Safety Training, including five modules:
GWO WAH (Working at Height)
GWO FAW (Fire Awareness)
GWO FA (First Aid)
GWO MH (Manuel Handling)
GWO SS (Sea Survival)

Further information, link: GWO BST Basic Safety Training

What is GWO BTT?

GWO BTT is the GWO technical training. BTT = Basic Technical Training.

The GWO BTT include 3 modules:
-GWO Mechanical
-GWO Electrical
-GWO Hydraulic

Training period is totally 4,5 days.

Further information, link: GWO BTT

What is WINDA ID?

WINDA ID is your personal ID for all GWO certifications. It gives you, your Manager, people who
Need to be confirmed that you hold valid GWO certifications, a common database Wind Industry Database.

Further information, link: https://www.globalwindsafety.org/winda

What is WINDA?

WINDA is the Wind Turbine Industry Database.
When you have passed a GWO training, your record will be uploaded in this WINDA database.
Hereby, yourself, your company, the company who hire you etc. can search on your personally WINDA ID
And find the valid GWO certifications you hold. 

Further information, link: https://www.globalwindsafety.org/winda

How do I register myself in the WINDA database?

You make your registration yourself, link: https://winda.globalwindsafety.org/

Overall guidelines:
- Klick: https://winda.globalwindsafety.org/
- Klick: Register
- Follow the guidelines (we recommend your use a private e-mail account and not a company e-mail address)
- Open your own mailbox and activate your WINDA ID

What is GWO Sea Survival?

If you would like to work in the offshore wind turbine industry, you need to hold a valid GWO Sea Survival Certification.
It´s a 1 day training where you learn how to work safe on the sea. 

Further information, link: GWO Sea Survival

What is a training provider?

A GWO training provider is the school / training center providing GWO training.

The GWO training, you can have in most countries globally. Link for GWO training
providers: https://www.globalwindsafety.org/trainingproviders/findttraningprovider

How long does it take to become a wind turbine technician?

Most people can become a wind turbine technician.

It´s actually very simple, skills come after working in the industry for many years.
Most people can enter the industry, natural will people with relevant skills have higher chance to
Get the more challenged jobs. The wind turbine industry is still young and manpower is
Needed globally. Relevant skills is typically electrical, mechanical, blacksmith and similar
Experience.

But as mentioned, with the right attitude, most people can join the industry.

In order to work on a site you need to hold GWO Safety certifications.
Link: GWO BST Safety

 

What qualifications do I need to become a wind turbine technician?

Most people can become a wind turbine technician.

It´s actually very simple, skills come after working in the industry for many years.
Most people can enter the industry, natural will people with relevant skills have higher chance to
Get the more challenged jobs. The wind turbine industry is still young and manpower is
Needed globally. Relevant skills is typically electrical, mechanical, blacksmith and similar
Experience.

But as mentioned, with the right attitude, most people can join the industry.

In order to work on a site you need to hold GWO Safety certifications.
Link: GWO BST Safety

 

Where do wind turbine technicians work?

Overall the Technicians work either onshore (on land) or offshore (on the sea).

The industry is globally and Technicians is required globally.

Work can include very different tasks:
-Installation
-Service and maintenance
-Blade inspection and repair
-Inspections
-Preassembly
-Electrical related tasks
-Mechanical related tasks
-Software
-Supervision
-As Site Manager
-As HSE Manager
-Etc.

Will I need to be able to evacuate from a wind turbine?

You shall be able to evacuate yourself and also a colleague from a wind turbine.

Further information for the GWO training:

GWO Working at Height: https://www.globalwindacademy.com/gwo-safety/gwo-bst-working-at-height

GWO Advanced Rescue: https://www.globalwindacademy.com/gwo-safety/gwo-advanced-rescue