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As you may be aware many industries are regulated, so when it comes to training for a specific role, there are training courses which have a defined curriculum and the trainee must attain a certain level in order to pass the course.
However, In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment - otherwise known as Portable Appliance Testing or PAT Testing, is only covered by a set of guidelines, the IET Code of Practice (4th Edition). Therefore any associated training courses can be very comprehensive and professional, or they could be a waste of time.
To ensure you know everything you need to know, we cover all of the following points on our PAT Testing Training Courses.
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PAT Testing Course Content
Types of equipment and classification marks
Show how electric shock can occur through lack of basic protection or inadequate fault protection
Explain how the different equipment construction types provide protection
State the effect of cord set and extension lead earth resistance on disconnection times under earth fault conditions
State the need for RCD protection
Formal Visual Inspection
Environmental suitability of equipment
Suitability of equipment
Switching of equipment and isolation from the electrical supply
Condition of equipment and supply cord
Combined Inspection and Test
Identify items that users should be competent to inspect
Combined Inspection and Testing
Factors to be considered when conducting visual inspections of electrical equipment
The purpose of the electrical tests
Earth Leakage/Touch Current
RCD Test on Extension Leads
Which tests should not be carried out
The Use of Instruments and Recording Data
Identify minimum and maximum acceptable conductor and insulation resistances, along with leakage and touch currents
Requirements for identification labels
Interpretation of results to identify deterioration
Procedures to deal with damaged and faulty equipment
Considerations for appliance couplers and cords sets
Considerations for IT equipment with high protective conductor currents and testing limitations
Overcurrent protection and plug fuses
Tests that may be required following equipment repair
Practical Inspection and Testing
Instruction on inspecting and testing the user’s own electrical equipment
Instruction on using the user’s own test instruments
Identification of standards and kite marks
Frequency of Inspection & Testing
PAT Testing Course Suitability
Whilst an electrical background certainly isn’t necessary, an understanding of basic electrical principals will help the trainee, although these can be incorporated into the course as required.
To be a successful PAT Tester you need technical ability; common sense; a good eye for detail; and a good attitude. Some of these we can teach, but some are linked to your personality. All we ask is for the delegates to take part in the training and give us 100%.
We would suggest that all delegates attempt our PAT Testing Quiz to help them prepare. Doing this bit of ‘homework’ significantly improves your chances of passing the course.
Attending a PAT course can be great for re-training or embarking on a new career. Also it doesn't require any prior electrical training or knowledge to get you started. What you will need:
Which one of the 13 Amp plugs below displays acceptable wiring standards?
The correct answer is ( c ). If you don’t know why, you need to attend one of our PAT Testing Courses
( a )
( b )
( c )
( d )
As well as learning the theory of electricity and PAT Testing, our courses also include practical learning elements so you can leave the course with the knowledge you need to carry out PAT Testing to the required standard, and be able to carry out PAT Testing in a wide variety of work environments.
Whilst we deliver PAT Testing Courses at hotels, our most popular courses are delivered at your premises. This allows us to show you how to PAT Test in your own environment, on your own appliances and with your own PAT Test equipment (should you have any). Why make the trip to us, when we will come to you?
We have recently carried out training in the following areas, but we will travel to any part of England or Wales:
•Birmingham, West Midlands
•Leeds, West Yorkshire
•Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
•Newcastle, Tyne and Wear
•Nottingham, East Midlands
Aspects of a Typical PAT Testing Course…
What is PAT Testing?
Management of PAT Testing
As you can see, there are many individual aspects to consider when carrying out PAT Testing properly - although many people believe it is just a case of plugging the appliance into a test device, pressing a button and getting a PASS or FAIL result.
Consider these simple commonsense questions:
1, Does the test device know if the appliance is damaged?
2, Does the test device know if the plug carries BS1363?
3, Does the test device know if the fuse is of the correct rating to protect the cord?
4, Does the test device know if someone has changed the cord set and used one which is sub-standard?
The list goes on….
Obviously the answer to all of the above is of course a resounding “no”, so we cannot put all of our faith in the test device - whether you have spend £100 or £2,000 on it.
It is important that the person carrying out the PAT Testing has sufficient knowledge and skills to spot the problems with an appliance, as the test equipment doesn’t have all of the answers. Therefore comprehensive training is required, along with the right attitude and back-up resources.
We will supply the training and back-up, you supply the right attitude.
Formal Visual Inspection
Appliance Cord Sets
BS 1362 Fuses
BS 1363 Plugtops
Electromotive Force (Volts)