AWEA: Wind Industry Unveils “Seal of Approval” for Job Training for Wind Turbine Service Technicians
22 Nov, 2010
Training programs can apply until December 15 of this year
Unveiling a quality assurance mechanism that promises to help advance the wind power industry, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced it is now accepting applications from programs that train wind turbine service technicians, which can qualify for a new AWEA Seal of Approval.
The AWEA Seal of Approval program assesses whether educational and training institutions with technician programs are teaching the skills that an entry-level service technician needs, as identified by experts among AWEA’s 2,500 company members.
The Seal will give educational institutions the chance to gain recognition for quality programs, while supporting their efforts to provide students with the skills they need for a rewarding career. Students, meanwhile, will be able to list on their resumes that they have successfully completed a program awarded AWEA’s Seal of Approval. And from the perspective of wind energy companies, the AWEA Seal of Approval Program will help fortify the industry with a pool of qualified technicians to enter the wind power work force.
Applications for the fall 2010 AWEA Seal of Approval submission period must be received by December 15.
“We are proud to roll out the AWEA Seal of Approval because the Program truly helps build a stronger wind energy industry,” said AWEA CEO Denise Bode. “Wind power is about job creation, and when those jobs are created, they need to be filled with a top-notch work force. The AWEA Seal of Approval is representative of both an ever evolving, maturing industry as well as an association committed to meeting the needs of its members.” The AWEA Board of Directors approved the skill set in November 2009.
The AWEA Seal of Approval program requires that institutional applicants be AWEA members for at least one year. Additionally, the program must have been in operation for at least one year and have graduated at least one class of students. Programs will be reviewed by the AWEA Seal of Approval Review Committee members, who have been nominated and selected for their industry experience. The AWEA Seal of Approval is valid for two years (although programs will be required to check in with AWEA after one year to verify AWEA membership and receive the Seal of Approval Logo for the following calendar year).
Program applicants can log in to the AWEA Member Center to download the necessary forms and applicable documents (application fee: $150). Questions will be answered by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 202-249-7350. For more information, please visit http://www.awea.org/la_education_soa.cfm.
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