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Renewable Energy and Offshore Wind

In 2016, Rhode Island became home to the first offshore wind project in the nation with the successful installation of the 30-megawatt, Block Island Wind Farm. 

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates 43,000 new jobs will be created in the offshore wind market by 2030. It is estimated that over the next decade, offshore wind farms will create as many as 3,000 jobs in New England and generate economic impact that could reach $2 billion regionally. 

The new jobs anticipated to support the offshore wind industry include: engineers, trade workers, surveyors, scientists, turbine technicians, managers and seafarers. 

Global Wind Organization – Basic Safety TrainingGWO

Recognizing the anticipated growth in the offshore wind sector, the Community College of Rhode Island has launched Global Wind Organization (GWO) Basic Safety Training (BST), with the first cohorts starting spring 2024. The GWO Basic Safety Training is a critical component for anyone looking to work in the offshore wind sector. 

Program Location: CCRI Flanagan Campus - Lincoln, RI

Individual Registration NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE for

GWO BST - All 5 Modules - click button below.

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If you are interested in group training attending individual modules, or funding opportunities, please submit the Program Inquiry Form and we will contact you with more information. RJRI Logo

FREE Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training sponsored training available. Tuition is free for all those who qualify and are accepted after a screening and interview process.

GWO BST Training will include five (5) modules: 

GWO Working at Heights + Manual Handling Combined (2 days)

The aim of the Working at Heights BST module is to enable the participants, through theoretical and practical training, to use basic personal protective equipment, work safety at height and perform comprehensive basic rescue from height in a remote wind turbine environment.

Review Rating 4.9/5 Stars

This Course is very educational. Highly suggest many take this course for all it offers "A+" training and instruction.

GWO First Aid (1 day)

The aim of the First Aid BST module is to enable participants to recognize signs and symptoms of life threating situations and administer safe and effective first aid in the wind turbine industry/WTG environment in order to save lives and prevent further injury, until the casualty can be handed over to the next level of care.

Review Rating 5/5 Stars

Everything was very clear and understandable. Appreciate the time well spent on each course.

GWO Sea Survival (1 day)

The aims of this BST Sea Survival course are, by theoretical and practical training, to give the participants the ability to act safely and responsibly and to take the correct preventive actions in all aspects of offshore operations from shore to installation vessel (or WTG) and vice versa. This is both during normal operations and in an offshore wind energy environment emergency.

Review Rating 5/5 Stars

Feel ready and prepared for every scenario that we rehearsed. I have the confidence. 

GWO Fire Awareness (1/2 day)

The aim of this module is to enable the participants to prevent fires, make appropriate judgements when evaluating a fire, manage evacuation of personnel and ensure all are safely accounted for in the event of an unmanageable fire. If the incident is judged to be safe, the participants should be able to efficiently extinguish an initial fire by using basic handheld firefighting equipment.

Review Rating 5/5 Stars

Course had excellent instruction with clear communication.

GWO Working at Heights (1 1/2 days)

The aim of the Working at Heights BST module is to enable the participants, through theoretical and practical training, to use basic personal protective equipment, work safety at height and perform comprehensive basic rescue from height in a remote wind turbine environment.

GWO Manual Handling (1/2 day)

The aim of the Manual Handing BST module is to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries for wind technicians in the wind industry and enable participants to perform their tasks and activities in the safest possible way when working in a wind turbine environment.

GWO Basic Safely Training Refresher (BSTR) courses will also be available for all of the courses listed above. 

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