January 18, 2021

Annual WINDA fee update due on 21st January 2021

GWO aligns its fees with the Human Development Index published every year by United Nations

GWO is updating its applicable fees for uploads to the WINDA Database, in line with the United Nations Human Development Index (UN HDI).

The method of calculating fees was first implemented in 2020, and means that training providers are charged according to their country's score in the UN HDI.

The fee structure provides an objective measurement for a globally standardised product. All income generated from WINDA fees is reinvested by members in GWO to manage operations and pursue their mission of creating an injury-free working environment.

Paul Robbins, Chairman of Global Wind Organisation explained: "When we first applied the UN HDI to calculate fees for uploading training records to WINDA, we helped save on average 17% for training providers. The discounts vary depending on the relative position of your country in the index and as the industry's main employers, GWO members are committed to encouraging the adoption of basic minimum standards for safety across the world. Aligning our fee to the UN HDI remains a the logical way to calculate those costs."

Important information for Training Providers

  1. Applicable WINDA Fees for 2021 are calculated against the UN Human Development Report 2020.
  2. Credits for fees will change at 01.00 hrs (Central European Standards Time) on 21st January 2021.
  3. Credits purchased at the old price before 21st January 2021 will still be valid
  4. The fee reduction does not affect un-used credits that may remain on a TP account as of 21st January 2021.
  5. Refunds will not be available for any difference between the cost of credits purchased before 21st January 2021 and their price following recalculation.
  6. To see how your country's applicable fees have changed, click here

Leadership from GWO members ensures development towards a safer working environment in the global wind industry

  • GWO and WINDA offer quality assurance of training, mutual recognition of skills and greater mobility for the workforce
  • WINDA ensures digital verification of skills
  • The WINDA fee finances all GWO work, supporting standardisation and the creation of value for the wind industry

WINDA helps employers verify the certification status of GWO certified training providers and the training status of delegates who have attended GWO certified training courses.

About the United Nations Human Development Index

The HDI was created to emphasise that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. The HDI can also be used to question national policy choices, asking how two countries with the same level of GNI per capita can end up with different human development outcomes. These contrasts can stimulate debate about government policy priorities.

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a decent standard of living. The HDI is the geometric mean of normalized indices for each of the three dimensions.

The health dimension is assessed by life expectancy at birth, the education dimension is measured by mean of years of schooling for adults aged 25 years and more and expected years of schooling for children of school entering age. The standard of living dimension is measured by gross national income per capita. The HDI uses the logarithm of income, to reflect the diminishing importance of income with increasing GNI. The scores for the three HDI dimension indices are then aggregated into a composite index using geometric mean. Refer to Technical notes for more details.

The HDI simplifies and captures only part of what human development entails. It does not reflect on inequalities, poverty, human security, empowerment, etc. The HDRO offers the other composite indices as broader proxy on some of the key issues of human development, inequality, gender disparity and poverty.

For more information, visit The UN Human Development Programme web site

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