March 19, 2020

COVID19 Statement: In order to protect our customers and staff, we are suspending training services until further notice.  Thank you to all our customers for their support at this time.  Our office staff are working from home and are available by telephone and email to discuss your queries and future training requirements.  Please continue to contact ARCH by email or call 00442866326267

Please take care and stay safe.

The Global Wind Organisation has agreed to allow as a temporary measure until 31 December 2020 that:  

  1. Course participants unable to refresh previous training within the 24 months validity period, are granted an option to take the planned refresher training up until 60 days after expiry.  
  2. Training Providers offering the refresher training to course participants under this exemption must contact GWO to receive further instructions. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The measure to allow attendance to refresher courses up until 60 days after expiry does not constitute an extension of agreed validity periods for GWO training, and does not constitute a general exemption towards employers and duty-holders to ensure employees have adequate safety competences.  It remains an employer prerogative to make decisions on whether to require valid training or give exemption.

Until such time as certified GWO training can resume, GWO encourage employers who employ technicians whose training validity expires and who have reasonable reasons for expiry, to consider making exemptions and to take other measures to maintain necessary safety skills in whatever way is locally practicable, such as through exercises and managerial supervision. It continues to be important that the affected persons remain competent to perform their job functions safely and does not pose risk to themselves or to others working around them in the interim period.  The 24-month validity of most GWO training courses has been agreed to by the membership due to observed skills deterioration which happen over time and as an alignment to legal requirements put in place for those same reasons in various jurisdictions across the world. Skills deterioration can mean trained skills are forgotten as they are not used during normal work (such as First Aid) or can mean gradual deviation from the correct and safe skills practices acquired during training.