Wind Energy

While harnessing the wind to power machinery and transportation is nothing new, the interest in developing this and other renewable technologies to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels has never been more fervent. The wind industry’s impact is not limited to energy production, however. As the construction and ongoing maintenance of turbines and wind farms increases, so do the employment possibilities and the need for educated and well-trained technicians. This program is the first in a series of curriculum supporting a three-year training program based upon the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Core Skill Set for Wind Turbine Service Technicians, as well as the Department of Labor’s apprenticeship standards for wind turbine technicians. Topics covered in this curriculum include Introduction to Wind Energy, Wind Turbine Safety, and Climbing Wind Towers.


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Additional Instructor Requirements

In addition to our standard instructor requirements, instructors of this craft must achieve the following:

  • Be certified to teach Core
  • Be an NCCER Certified Electrical instructor;
  • Pass an instructor exam; and
  • Have at least one year of experience in the wind industry.


To provide basic information on wind energy and wind power technology, NCCER is developing a stand-alone module entitled Introduction to Wind Energy. This module defines how wind generates power, discusses the two wind turbine types (horizontal and vertical-axis), and covers the advantages and disadvantages of wind-generated electricity. Purchase Materials

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This program includes an introduction to several other NCCER crafts, which allows opportunities for further career development.

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