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Who is This Course Suitable For?

The course has been written for those working in this or related areas who want to expand their knowledge without the need to take time out of their busy work schedule to attend a classroom based course. It is also suitable for those wishing to enter this industry with a broad insight into the workings of Offshore Wind Energy.

12 – 18 months

8 in total

Diploma: £2,950
Certificate: £2,150

Recognised by:
University of Portsmouth

About the Course

This course provides an overview of the Offshore Wind Energy sector. It covers areas such as wind turbines, health & safety for offshore renewable industries, offshore wind energy layout, equipment, design and operation. Studying this Diploma can help improve your career prospects. Many students study to develop themselves in their existing role, while others study with a complete change of career in mind.

Course Structure

The course consists of 8 modules. All students are required to successfully complete and pass the module assignments. Diploma students will also be required to sit and pass a final examination.

1. Wind Energy History and the Environment
  • Wind Energy History
  • Wind Energy and the Environment
  • Oil Spill Impact and Response
  • Offshore wind energy advantages and disadvantages
  • Wind Energy Sustainability and Preventive Maintenance
2. Offshore Wind Energy Layout, Equipment and Design
  • Offshore Wind Energy Planning, Research, Design and Development
  • Geotechnical and geophysical surveying and equipment
  • Diving support.
  • Offshore Wind Energy Systems and Field Equipment Overview
  • Wind Energy to Hydrogen
  • Wind Turbine and Battery Storage
3. TOV, Trenching, Electrical Cable Laying and Remote Operating Vehicles
  • The electrical cable array overview.
  • Types of cable
  • Cable trenching history
  • Cable trenching techniques
  • Trenching equipment
  • Horizontal Directional Drilling
  • The Scour Effect.
  • Alternative Cable Protection
  • Cable Laying and the Cable Ships
  • Cable Laying Procedural Overview
  • Wind Turbine Cable Connection
  • Remote operated vehicles (ROVs) and their application
  • ROV launching and recovery system
4. Function and Operation of the WITV, Support Vessels & Helicopter Operations
  • Introduction
  • Operation of Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs)
  • Miscellaneous Renewable Offshore Vessels
  • Helicopters Operations
5. Turbine Operation and Ancillary Equipment
  • Wind turbine and its components
  • Offshore wind turbine support structures:
  • Wind turbine component monitoring systems
  • Turbine Construction
  • Hydraulic Wind Turbine – Concepts
  • Wind Energy Operation
  • Decommissioning
6. Electrical Systems and Substations
  • AC Substations/ DC Converter Platforms and their equipment
  • HVAC and Auxiliary Transformers
  • GIS Switchgear
  • HVDC – IGBT Converters and Smoothing Coils
  • Understanding Active and Reactive Power
  • HVAC and HVDC Equipment
  • Control system overview
  • Emergency/ Auxiliary Power
  • Hybrid AC/ DC substation/ platform power systems
  • Corrosion protection
  • Substations and platforms and their structural supports (jackets, gravity base etc)
  • Substation component monitoring systems
  • Monitoring and Maintenance
  • Life support and fire protection systems
  • Substation Construction
  • Transportation of components
  • Installation of components including jackets
  • Corrosion Protection
7. Health and Safety for the Offshore Renewable Industries
  • Safety Offshore
  • Accident Investigation Offshore
  • Offshore Lifting Regulations
  • Offshore Renewable Crew Training
  • Preservation and Safety of the Environment
  • Accidents, Incidents, Maintenance Surveying Structure and Reliability
8. Introduction to Offshore Legislation/Regulation & Supply Chain
  • Logistic Operations Offshore
  • The Workboat Code
  • The Workboat Association
  • Global Wind Organisation (GWO) Training
  • US Jones Act
  • The Supply Chain
Career Pathway

Career path:
From almost any walk of life to move into the Offshore Wind Industry either afloat or ashore working for a wide range of different companies manufacturing and installing offshore wind turbines.

From £20-50K per annum. How much you earn depends on your experience, job role and sector of the industry. A wind turbine tech working on an offshore installation will earn more than at an onshore wind farm.

Any and all aspects of the management and control of the design, development, manufacture, planning and installation of offshore wind farms and subsequent maintenance thereof.

Meet the Course Director

Ian Bryant

Course Director at Maritime Services International

My career spans 40+ years from all operating stages to Chief Engineer on a variety of vessels which include cable laying ships and selfpropelled jack-ups.

More recently from 2002 I formed an independent offshore consultancy company carrying out a range of consultancy work including training/ competency for blue chip offshore oil and gas and renewable energy companies.

Other aspects of work include operations manuals for renewable offshore and shipping assets as well as Failure Mode Effect Critical Analysis (FMECAs) for well-known offshore companies.


On passing the Diploma, you will receive the above icon. Please use it on your business cards, LinkedIn profile and website(s)!

You can also use these letters after your name: MTA Dip OWE


Online learning allows you to study in your own time, at your own pace from anywhere in the world. This saves on travel and classroom costs and allows you to fit your studies around your job and progress your career.


While the nature of distance learning is independent study, we recognise the importance of support. Students can contact us at any time during their course for assistance and our team of industry experts are always on hand for advice.


We have over 50 industry experts writing, developing and advising on our course material. We truly believe that allowing students to tap into their expertise and knowledge is of the utmost importance to fulfil your dream career.

If you would prefer to complete this as a classroom-based course, please contact us.


How long do the courses take to complete? What's the difference between a Diploma and a Certificate? Read through our Frequently Asked Questions below to find out the answer.

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