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Common Industry Training Standards

Both the Offshore and Onshore Wind sectors have been setting common industry training standards industry since 2010 to drive the continuous improvement of workforce safety and competence and support our commitment to improve workforce mobility.


Industry duty holders, regulatory bodies and other stakeholders work collaboratively within the sectors agreed structure to identify any requirements for new or revised training and competence Standards across both onshore and offshore wind sectors. The Training standards identified here are address the sectors unique risk profile and needs. These specific industry developed Standards are recognised globally and are backed by robust quality and compliance assurance system.


Standards are designed, overseen and revised by relevant training standards bodies. These organisations ensure that industry employers, subject matter experts, regulators, trade associations, Training provider and workforce representatives and consulted and lead and oversee these processes and developments.


The training standards bodies provide quality assurance processes via robust and transparent accreditation and auditing processes. Ensuring that all standards here are delivered a consistently high level globally.


Basic Safety Training


Enhanced First Aid


Advanced Rescue Training

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Blade Repair


Slinger Signaller/ Rigger Signal Person


Lift User


Wind Turbine Safety Rules

Recognition of Existing Training

Merit Assessment: Aligning existing training with common industry standards

Designed for situations where personnel currently hold training or qualifications that may be similar to an industry required GWO training standard.

GWO have developed a process to assess existing qualifications, training and curricula. 'Merit Assessment’ provides a process to compare any currently held training certification or qualification with GWO standards. The existing training will then be verified by a suitable certification body.

By the end of the process, your employees' training can be converted to a GWO certificate, with a record then uploaded into WINDA providing a passport for current skills, experience, and knowledge into the sector.

Basic Safety Training: Vessel Personnel 

Basic Safety Training Requirements for Vessel Personnel Employed in the Offshore Renewable Energy Sector

The International Maritime Contractors Association (IMCA) have produced guidance to members regarding advised levels of basic training for mariners and other marine personnel.


The basic safety training matrix contained in the IMCA guidance defines a minimum level of health and safety training, as well as the minimum medical fitness needed to work on and from vessels employed on an offshore renewable energy project.


It is important to note that competence requirements will be set by the primary duty holder. Detailed professional advice should be obtained before taking or refraining from action in relation to any of the contents of this guide, or the relevance or applicability of the information to a specific project.

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