Formal Wind Turbine Technician (WTST)

SARETEC trains and qualifies wind turbine service technicians for the South African Wind Energy industry with recognised SAQA qualifications.

Wind turbine service technicians are responsible for the service, maintenance, and repair of wind turbines. They inspect, diagnose and maintain, adjust or repair wind turbines, resolving electrical and mechanical malfunctions. They are able to work at heights in all weather conditions, including extreme cold and heat, for extended periods. Wind turbine technicians must be capable of working closely with other individuals.


5 months course work and 2 months in-service training at a wind farm

Course Outline

  • Wind energy technology
  • Health and safety
  • Wind turbine electrics
  • Wind turbine mechanics
  • Hydraulics
  • Rotor blade repair
  • Control systems

Admission Requirements

  • Artisan qualification in any of the following electrical / mechanical trades:
  • NQF level 4 qualification Electrician
  • NQF level 4 qualification Electro-Mechanics
  • NQF level 4 qualification Mechanical Engineering Millwright
  • NQF level 4 qualification Mechatronics
  • NQF level 4 qualification Fitter and Turner
  • or
  • National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics or Electrical engineering-subject to RPL
  • A high level of fitness and good health
  • Ability to work at height and confined spaces


Kindly note that the applications for training as a Wind Turbine Service Technician for the 5th Learning Event: 2019 Intake (WTST – 5) has now officially closed and no further applications will be accepted.

Planning and forecasting for the 6th Wind Turbine Service Technician Learning Event: 2020 Intake (WTST – 6) is well underway and the call for 2020 applications will be published during  July 2019. Please apply online on the SARETEC website using the downloadable application forms.

More details will follow; please visit and watch our website and the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin) for important updates.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for further information or if you have any suggestions.