Wind Turbine Operator (WTO)

The Wind Turbine Operator (WTO) course is for workers operating in and on wind turbines. Wind turbines pose some special challenges: they are often in rural areas and/or are difficult to reach. Within wind turbines, workers face further challenges: workers are working in pairs or small groups, in difficult to reach and potentially confined spaces, where a rescue is a challenging task for co-workers and/or fire and rescue services. Therefore, people need to work as safely as possible at all times, following EU standards, national laws and regulations, and company-specific standards and procedures.

Due to its international relationships, where instructors face these challenges from different perspectives (safe working, fire and rescue), Rescue 3 Europe has developed the Wind Turbine Operator course to help organisations maintain high safety standards at all times. Rescue 3 Europe provides an agreed international certified training program to their training providers and instructors, to help them provide up to date information in this rapidly growing market of renewable energy.


Course length

2 days


Course content includes:

  • Legislation and standards
  • Worker safety and survival
  • General hazards
  • Medical considerations
  • Risk assessment when working at height
  • Equipment
  • Communication
  • Lockout/tagout
  • Use of PPE
  • Incident size-up
  • Pre-planning and incident management
  • Use of fire extinguishers
  • Basic life support (including CPR and AED)
  • First aid at height
  • Introduction to ropes, knots and technical gear
  • Anchor systems
  • Placing rope protection
  • Use of work restraint and work positioning equipment
  • Use of different types of fall arrest equipment
  • Use of lanyards and shock absorbers
  • Emergency descending
  • Rescue of a co-worker from fall arrest systems



  • Prior experience of working with ropes is recommended
  • Minimum age: 18


Qualification valid for:

3 years


Taught by: