What Experience and Skills Do I Need?

Personnel enter the wind industry with a wide range of experience from nothing at all through to direct experience. Though nothing is better than offshore wind experience there are a range of other routes. Experience in similar industries such as Oil & Gas, Marine or the Army are all highly valued. Equally, many wind industry companies offer apprenticeships and experience. You should do your research by looking at a number of wind companies’ recruitment pages before going down a career path.

Hands-on experience in a relevant trade is well regarded or even critical for offshore careers, for example, coming from a mechanical or electrical background. Starting your career in onshore wind, although paid less, is sometimes an easier route into the industry.

What Training Would I Require and How Much Would This Cost

To enter the wind industry you need minimum safety training and a comprehensive understanding of the trade you wish to go into.

The minimum training requirements are defined by Renewable UK and the Global Wind Organisation. These are often sold as packages offering significant discounts on buying the courses individually. Ensure that these courses are approved by both RUK and GWO to give you the widest number of options.

Essential Basic Wind Certificates Optional Trade Specific Certificates

RUK/GWO - Working at Height

RUK/GWO - First Aid

RUK/GWO - Manual Handling

RUK/GWO - Fire Awareness

RUK/GWO - Sea Survival

The following are usually, but not always essential:

Confined Space & Rescue



Rigger and Banksman Training

Rope Access

Non Destructive Testing

CompEx Electrical*

Electrical Awareness

Mechanical Joint Integrity

IOSH Managing / Working Safely

Advanced First Aid

Emergency Response

Advanced Work at Height and Rescue

*CompEx Electrical requires previous experience as an electrician in order to complete the course