Course Materials: GWO

The Global Wind Organisation controls safety training standards for many wind energy companies, both site operators, engineers and third party support staff, and has been widely adopted across the UK and Europe with growing interest from the USA. The Basic Safety Training [BST] scheme is split into five modules; Manual Handling, Safe Work at Height, Fire Awareness, First Aid and Sea Survival. The Safe Work at Height and Manual Handling modules can be combined into a single session. We provide course packs for all BST topics except Sea Survival, as this is only delivered by specialist training centres.

The Advanced Rescue [ART] standard covers team-based and solo rescue from all areas of the turbine, and is also split into modules, however training providers will normally deliver them as a package. We fully support all the initial and refresher course combinations for ART.

UVSAR is the only supplier of OEM course materials for GWO BST/ART accredited training companies, and we have been providing world-leading content and quality right back to the earliest days of the industry. Our constantly-updated packages of secure classroom slides, instructor notes, printed student handbooks and expert support are second to none.

GWO is by definition global in scope, and training courses must reflect that. Workers are highly mobile and often need to understand different territorial legal systems, so our course packs are designed to be adaptive. Handbooks are globally-relevant wherever possible, and are supported by printed Law Guides for each territory. Since almost every delegate will attend several modules in a block, this reduces the amount of material required and allows for easy "conversion" during refreshers.

Materials are supplied in a clean OEM format with no brand bias, as shown in the images on this webpage. We use fully-licensed imagery throughout, with no third-party logos or product names visible. Materials can be branded with your corporate logos (printed books subject to minimum orders). Standard GWO course delivery packs are in English and are available for workers subject to UK or USA legislation.

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To deliver GWO training, the provider must be regularly audited by a GWO-approved certification body. This includes assessment of facilities, equipment, instructor competencies and quality management systems, and approval is per-syllabus. Our course packages have been audited many times and always pass without issue, but we cannot and do not guarantee that a training provider or venue will be accredited, nor can we intervene in the auditing process. These course materials are only sold to GWO approved training providers, or those in the process of applying for accreditation.

What do I get?

  • A Course Delivery Pack per module, containing logo-branded FXL EPUB classroom slides, PDF instructor notes, practical scenario guidance, example exam questions and auditor cross-references. Initial and refresher versions are included where applicable.
  • A perpetual non-transferrable license to use the materials within the CDP as-supplied for delivery of the named syllabus, to unlimited students anywhere in the world. You can make as many copies of the CDP as required for your instructing staff, but cannot give copies of slide decks to delegates, resell/syndicate the materials or publish them online.
  • Access to order the full-colour printed student handbooks, shipped directly from the nearest global distribution hub (UK, USA, Australia).
  • Free updates for five years to account for changes in legislation or standards (extended service plans available after this period).

FXL EPUB? Whatnow?

Consistent design and content is vital for training course delivery. Auditors and insurers need to know that a delegate was shown exactly the same information as everyone else, so slide decks that can be freely edited by instructors, deleting things they don't like or adding images stolen from the Web, are simply not acceptable in a professional environment. There are only a few ways to distribute rich-content slide decks so they always look the same, on Windows, Mac or mobile, without having to manually install fonts or change screen sizes, and the most widely accepted formats are PDF and Fixed Layout (FXL) EPUB.

PDF has been the mainstay for over a decade, but Adobe has very much dropped the ball in recent times. Adding video to a PDF file relied on Flash Player being installed, and that is dead and gone as of December 2020. We simply cannot rely on Adobe to get a workable replacement up and running, so we are switching all on-screen materials to FXL EPUB before the deadline. We still use PDF for reference documents that don't need any interactive or media content, because they're easier to print.

EPUB files are self-contained, like a PDF, and come in two types. "Flowable" EPUBs are used for novels, and they adapt the page layout to fit on small eBook readers and mobiles - but that is no good for a slide deck where precise combinations of text and graphics must stay aligned. Fixed Layout EPUB solves that problem; it includes all the fonts, graphics, video etc. and sets up the reader app so that each page looks exactly like it does everywhere else. FXL EPUB supports things that PDF does not, such as in-page animations.

To view an EPUB file, you "import" it into a reading app. On MacOS and iOS, the standard Apple Books app works perfectly. On Windows and Linux we strongly recommend the free Thorium Reader app. Android users have Google Play Books. Once imported to your virtual bookshelf, FXL EPUBs work just like PDFs - you can view full-screen and navigate with the same arrow keys or a remote presenter button. EPUB reader apps do not allow editing of the content, but they do allow you to make notes and add bookmarks etc.

I want PowerPoints!

Our slide decks use technology that is not supported in PowerPoint or Apple Pages. We do not provide the editable masters for our OEM course handbooks or slide decks for obvious reasons; each document represents hundreds of hours of expert work and the content is only licensed for use as a finished document. By limiting our OEM materials to PDFs we can reduce prices, include graphics that cannot be licensed in editable formats, and take away the worries about how to keep everything updated and error-free.

How does Brexit affect the materials?

During the Implementation Period, products and services from the EU remain legal for a UK workplace, including PPE with a CE Marking. The legal framework changed on 31 January 2020 so the UK is no longer subject to direct EU law (EU "Regulations" such as those covering PPE). Instead it uses a frozen-in-time copy held at National Archives, with edits to make it apply only to UK domestic cases. A new product safety mark, the UKCA Compliance Mark, has been introduced for the domestic market, and many UK laws have been amended (including the PPE Regs and LOLER) to detach them from EU compliance schemes. Our training packages fully reflect the post-Brexit situation, and will be updated again at the end of the Implementation Period should the legal framework change to account for new trade deals or lack thereof.

OK, how much?

BST Course Delivery Packs are £450.00 per module, plus VAT.
A full set of the four BST Course Delivery Packs is £1450.00 plus VAT.
The combined ART Course Delivery Pack is £550.00 plus VAT.

Our 8.5x11" full-colour perfect bound student handbooks are 0% rated for VAT and produced on demand so you always get the latest version. There are two ordering levels available; Standard service has a typical 4-working-day lead time with next-day delivery, and Express service has a 2-working-day lead time with next-day-AM delivery. Minimum order quantity 25 books.

Delegates require one copy of the relevant Law Guide, plus handbook(s) for the modules being taught.

Handbook titleUnit Price
Unit Price
Working at Heights
58 pages
£ 7.35£ 7.99
Fire Awareness
24 pages
£ 3.99£ 4.40
Manual Handling
25 pages
£ 3.99£ 4.40
Advanced Rescue
34 pages
£ 4.99£ 5.75
Law Guide UK
23 pages
£ 3.99£ 4.40
Law Guide USA
22 pages
£ 3.99£ 4.40
Shipping fee per order£ 5.00£ 27.00

The Manual Handling handbook is for use when delivering the MH module as a standalone course (without a Law Guide). For the WAHMH combined course the Working at Heights handbook and Law Guide are sufficient.

We do not provide a handbook for First Aid as it is recommended (and more economical) to issue delegates with the standard 10th Edition First Aid Manual from the British Red Cross/St John Ambulance.