To obtain GWO approval, organisations are subject to an audit process performed by an accredited Certification Body. Any Certification Body that meets the requirements outlined here are eligble to perform the certification. The purpose of this process is to verify that the organisation can consistently deliver training to the relevant GWO Standards (Training Modules). The process is described in the document Criteria for Training Providers which you may find here.
You will need to contact a Certification Body in order to begin the process. Please note that GWO aims to be as transparent as possible, and does not recommend any particular accredited Certification Body.
How do we find a certification body?
If you do not know which Certification Body to contact, you can approach your national accreditation organisation, you can usually find a full list of accredited certification bodies in your country. The International Accreditation Bureau hosts a full list of accreditation organisations here.
Another method is to contact Training Providers near your location and enquire about which Certification Body they have used. (see example below)
There are certain costs associated with becoming a Training Provider such as the the annual licensing fee, which covers the cost of appearing on our Interactive Training Provider Map, and access to the WINDA database for training records. Training Providers have to register all training performed and upload a tranining record in WINDA upon completion of training. Uploading training carries a fee of 10 Euro per training record. WINDA will ensure increased accountability and transparency of the GWO certification system.
Part of being a Training Provider is agreeing to implement any change made to any of the GWO Training Standards. A Training Provider has 3 months to implement minor updates, and 6 months to implement major updates - whether an update is minor or major will be defined by GWO in the update.