Want to work with wind turbines? CIT courses now available

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Australia’s wind industry now has the option to undertake accredited wind training without leaving our shores with the Canberra Institute of Technology offering new, globally-accredited wind training, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research Meegan Fitzharris announced today.

Two training courses approved by the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) are now available in the ACT and region.

The basic safety training comprises a five day course which covers modules in first aid, manual handling, fire awareness and working at heights, all considered essential for workers in the large scale wind energy environment.

Basic technical training comprises a four day course that covers modules in wind turbine mechanical, electrical and hydraulic disciplines.

CIT will announce additional course opportunities, including basic safety training refreshers for those already within the industry, in the near future.

As part of its winning bid in the ACT’s first wind auction, Neoen, the developer of the Hornsdale Wind Farm, and its partner, Siemens, are supporting the CIT to establish a Renewable Energy Skills Centre for Excellence at CIT.

Comments attributable to Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury:

“Canberra is increasing its reputation as a centre for renewable energy asset management, with around 2000 megawatts of renewable energy assets under management from Canberra, which is equivalent to nearly half of all the non-hydro renewable energy assets operating in Australia.

“Canberra is already a globally-recognised hub for investment, trades training and research in renewable energy, which shows that investing renewable energy is not just doing the right thing by the planet – it is good for jobs and our economy too.

Comments attributable to Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research Meegan Fitzharris:

“I would like to congratulate the Canberra Institute of Technology following their successful accreditation to deliver an internationally-recognised suite of basic safety and technical training modules in the wind turbine industry.

“CIT’s accreditation with GWO underscores Canberra’s position as a leading exporter of vocational training. CIT already touches more lives in the post-secondary education sector than any other tertiary education institute in the ACT, providing training to more than 20,000 students per year including international students from over 80 countries.”