GWO Working at Heights (WAH)

GWO training course enabling participants to use basic personal protective equipment (PPE), work safely at height and perform comprehensive basic rescue from height in a remote wind turbine environment.

Includes registration on GWO WINDA database.

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GWO Working at Heights training course providing theoretical knowledge and practical training to enable participants to work safely in wind turbines.

The training course is part of the GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) standard.

Available in our Aberdeen, Kendal and Leeds Height Safety Centres. Can be arranged to order at our London training centres on request – please call for details.

Upon completing the BST Working at Heights training course, participants are able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of hazards and risks associated with working at height specific to a wind turbine generator
  • Demonstrate understanding of current national and regional legislation regarding working at height
  • Demonstrate correct identification of PPE, including identification of Global and regional standard markings e.g. harness, helmet & lanyards
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to correctly perform pre-use inspection, service, store and correctly fit relevant PPE e.g. harness, fall arrest lanyards, guided type fall arrest lanyards and work positioning lanyards
  • Demonstrate correct use of the relevant PPE e.g. harness, fall arrest lanyards, guided type fall arresters and work positioning lanyards. This includes correct identification of anchor points and correct conduct on ladders
  • Demonstrate correct use of evacuation devices
  • Demonstrate how to approach rescue situations in WTG’s and use of rescue equipment efficiently

The BST Working at Heights training course includes:

  • Introduction
  • Legislation and behavioural safety
  • Harness
  • Fall prevention
  • Vertical fall arrest systems
  • Fall arrest lanyards
  • Dropped objects
  • Self-retracting lifelines
  • Control measures to prevent injury during training
  • Practical exercises
  • Workshop: risks and hazards and suspension trauma
  • Emergency procedure
  • PPE review
  • Rescue devices and rigging set up
  • Measures to prevent injury during training
  • Rescue exercises
  • Evaluation

Training certificates are issued online via GWO’s WINDA system. Certificate valid for 2 years. Training should be renewed before the end of the given validity period. A certificate can be renewed up to two months prior to expiry and maintain the original certification date.

Also available: GWO Working at Heights with Manual Handling (WAH & MH) combined 2 day course


  1. Safety footwear is required for all practical sessions.
  2. Participants must provide a WINDA ID number at time of booking. Failure to do so will delay GWO certification. Please refer to
  3. GWO participants are required to bring a government issued ID (passport or driving license) which will be checked at registration on their course.

It is the participants/bookers responsibility to ensure that all relevant pre-requisites are met to attend this course and that the evidence is provided on the first day of the course e.g. in-date certificates for revalidation courses.

Failure to meet any of these pre-requisites may result in the participant being asked to leave the course. No refund will be given in this event.

15% discount – on completion of your WTG training course you will receive voucher code giving you 15% off your next heightec equipment order online.


Course Details

Duration: 2 days
Course Venues: Aberdeen, Kendal, Leeds, London
Entry Requirements:
  • Participants must have a WINDA ID before booking a GWO course.
  • Minimum age 18.
  • Must be fluent in English.
Instructor Ratio: 1:6
Course Code: TWG004
Assessment: Practical and written
Certification: GWO WINDA online
Validity Period: 2 years
Medical Requirements: Physical fitness with no contra-indications for working at height. A self-certified statement of reasonable fitness will be requested at course registration.
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