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Global Wind Organisation Basic Safety Training (GWO)

Duration 4 Days
Price $1,800.00 ex GST per person
Refresher Duration 3 Days
Refresher Price $1,400.00 ex GST per person
Unit Standards See unit standards below



Vertical Horizonz New Zealand are a Certified Training Provider.

The training modules are designed to train, certify and qualify workers to work safely in a wind turbine environment. Each module trains the knowledge and skills needed for the work in the workplace, as specified by Basic Safety Training Standards, relevant legislation, the New Zealand and Australian Standards, the Approved Codes of Practice, and workplace policy and processes, in a practical way.

VHNZ’s training is also aligned to New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) unit standards as a means to measure each worker’s performance and assure competency.

Course Objectives

 First Aid:

  • Understanding of the importance of carrying out first aid in a safe manner in accordance with the legislative requirements of their geographic location.
  • Identify and explain normal function, normal signs and symptoms of serious and minor injuries and illness related to the human body.
  • Understanding and correct order of management in an emergency in a wind turbine environment.
  • Correct use of lifesaving First Aid using the Primary Survey A–B–C.
  • Correct use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
  • Correct use of Ordinary First Aid, the Secondary survey.
  • Correct use of First Aid equipment in a First Aid scenario.

Manual Handling:

  • Understanding of the importance of carrying out work duties in a safe and sound manner in accordance with the legislative requirements of their geographic location.
  • Identify aspects of their job tasks that could increase a worker’s risk of developing muscular/skeletal injuries.
  • Understanding of safe practices of Manual Handling, including the correct handling of equipment.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of injuries related to poor Manual Handling techniques and have knowledge of reporting methods.
  • A problem solving approach to Manual Handling in a wind turbine environment.
  • Manual Handling risk reduction techniques.

Fire Awareness:

  • Knowledge of the development and spread of fire.
  • Knowledge of the causes of fires in wind turbines and the dangers related to this.
  • Identify any sign of a fire in a wind turbine environment.
  • Knowledge of the contingency plans in a wind turbine environment including smoke detection and emergency escape procedures.
  • Correct actions on discovering a fire including correct operation and fire extinguishing by means of the firefighting equipment in a wind turbine generator.

Working at Heights:

  • Knowledge of hazards and risks associated with working at heights, specific to a wind turbine generator. Understanding of current national legislation regarding working at heights correct identification of PPE, including identification of European/Global standard markings e.g. harness, hard hat, lanyards, etc.
  • The knowledge and skills to correctly inspect, service, store and don the relevant PPE, e.g. harness, lanyards, fall arresters and work positioning equipment.
  • Correct use of the relevant PPE, e.g. harnesses lanyards, fall arresters and work positioning equipment. This includes correct identification of anchor points and correct ladder conduct.
  • Correct use of evacuation devices.
  • How to approach rescue situations in wind turbine generators and use rescue equipment efficiently.

Entry Criteria

Trainees must have the equivalent to Level 3 English communication skills, and be physical fit to operate safely, without assistance. A medical certificate may be required. Trainees must weigh less than 136kg’s to work at height and be able to rely on the harness and anchors used in the course. They must have access to the tools and equipment, and have access to the appropriate work to evidence their competency.

Entry is otherwise open.

Programme Overview

The programme instructs and assesses the knowledge, skills and attitudes for the following Training Modules, aligned to NZQA Unit Standards as follows: 

Unit Standard Unit Description Level Credits Version
MODULE: WORKING AT HEIGHTS. Duration - 2 Days   
23229 Use safety harness system when working at height 3 4 4
Non Unit Standard Based - Rescue component   
MODULE: FIRST AID. Duration - 1 Day
6400 Manage first aid in an emergency situation 3 2 6
6401 Provide first aid 2 1 6
6402 Provide basic life support 1 1 8
 MODULE: FIRE AWARENESS. Duration - Half Day   
3271 Suppress fire with hand extinguishers and fixed hose reels 2 1 6
4647 Explain principles of fire science 2 1 5
 MODULE: MANUAL HANDLING. Duration - Half Day   
17592 Identify the causes of back injury and methods to prevent
back injuries in the workplace
3 4 4
This content has been audited to confirm it meets the requirements of each Training Module as detailed in the Basic Safety Training Standards.   


  • Workplace visits to understand the environment and current issues.
  • Regular client consultation.
  • Customised programme development.


  • Trainers knowledgeable of wind industry.
  • At a venue and time of your choosing.
  • Outcome focused learning.
  • Customised to the wind industry.
  • Packed full of hands-on real life activities.
  • Individual assistance if needed.
  • Delivered by practical experts using everyday language.
  • A full set of practical and usable notes.


  • Post training assessment of delivery.
  • Analysis of benefits gained.
  • Results reported on WINDA database for successful trainees.
  • Follow up support if required.

Special Note

If you would like content delivered outside of the scope, please contact the VHNZ office on the details below and we can discuss any additional unit standards or course content you may require to accommodate your specific business needs.


The Basic Safety Training Modules above are all valid for 2 years as per policy.

As per policy, a trainee must only attend a Refresher course for a specific Training Module prior to the date of expiry on the current certificate or training records. If a certificate or training record is expired, the trainee must attend the full Basic Safety Training Module(s) to obtain a new training record.

*Unit Standards will not be awarded on completion of a Refreshers course. Please see here for further detail.

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