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Across the country, there are numerous wind turbine schools that prepare students for a career in the renewable energy industry as wind turbine technicians. We are often asked about the various wind turbine technician schools and what makes Northwest Renewable Energy Institute (NWREI) such a good fit for some many students. We have prepared this FAQ to help ensure you select the right type of school for you.
What are the main differences in wind turbine schools?
Two categories of wind turbine schools are available:
What kind of program is NWREI?
NWREI offers graduates a technical diploma.
How long is the wind turbine technician program at NWREI?
Our program is six months.
Why is your program six months?
We feel six months is the necessary amount of time to develop safe work habits and become proficient with all the system on a wind turbine. A shorter course does not provide enough practice, lab work, and the habit-building coaching a student needs to work safely at height. There are shorter programs, but they do not offer the in-depth instruction offered by NWREI.
What certifications does your program offer?
Employers are looking for applications with the key industry certifications offered by NWREI. Not all schools offer these certifications, but they are an important part of our curriculum as they emphasize safety and verification of technical expertise. The certifications and learning benchmarks offered through our program include:
What is the tuition at NWREI?
We offer one of the lowest tuitions in the country compared to the certifications we offer and the length of our program. In 2016 we lowered our tuition to $13,500.
Does NWREI offer financial aid?
Yes. We are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, which allows us to offer Federal financial aid to those who qualify.
Does NWREI have student housing?
Yes, student housing as available. Learn more here.
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