‘PAT Testing’ Online Refresher Course

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PAT Testing Online Refresher Course.  With most skills we find that with time we either improve, pick up bad habits or get very ‘rusty’.  With an ever-changing industry, it is important that we maintain our knowledge and skills.  This will ensure we are performing the role to the correct industry standard at all times.


Through a series of lessons and tests, this course is designed to challenge what you know and fill any gaps in your knowledge.  We will cover a lot of different areas, including the following:

  • Environment check
  • User check
  • Formal visual inspection
  • Electrical tests
    • Earth continuity
    • Insulation resistance
    • Polarity
    • Current leakage
    • Load test
  • Function check
  • Interpreting results
  • Record keeping
  • Labels


By sitting our PAT Testing Online Refresher Course we will see what you know.  You may be a little rusty or didn’t know there was a new standard, but after the course you will have a better understanding of the ‘PAT Testing’ role.  As with all of our courses, should you have a problem with your ‘PAT Testing’ please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  Our instructors are time-served ‘PAT Testers’ with over 15 years of on-site ‘PAT Testing’, as a result there is a very good chance they have a solution for you.

Recommended reading

All of our courses are based on the latest industry guidelines – The IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment – which is the official name for ‘PAT Testing’.  We are currently on the 5th Edition and we would strongly recommend all ‘PAT Testing’ contractors carry a copy.

Other courses

Should you decide that you would rather take a course delivered by an instructor, we can either visit your premises or you could come to our offices.  It is the same great course content, but with the backup of an instructor, because you may have questions or require clarification of something.

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What Will You Learn?

  • 'PAT Test' to the latest industry standard
  • Expand your knowledge
  • Dispel some of the myths surrounding 'PAT Testing'
  • Improve your confidence

Course Content

Electricity Refresher
As we are obviously using electricity to test our electrical equipment, it makes sense that we need to understand what electricity is and how it works. This is a brief section, as anyone carrying out 'PAT Testing' should already have a good understanding.

  • Current
  • Voltage
  • Resistance
  • Power

Environment Check
"The safety of electrical equipment is directly related to the environment it is being used in". A perfect item could still be unsafe if it is being used in the wrong environment.

User Check
Electrical equipment is often very safe, until it is put in the hands of the user of the equipment. Potentially, the user of the equipment has a greater responsibility, especially if they are using it on a regular basis.

Equipment Construction
Not every piece of electrical equipment is the same. Obviously they have different jobs to do, but what about the safety features built into them? We need to understand what safety features should be present prior to deciding what tests we need to carry out.

Formal Visual Inspection
Around 90% of electrical equipment which fails a 'PAT Test' will fail due to physical defects. Arguably, the formal visual inspection is more important than the electrical tests.

Electrical Tests
The test device acts like an x-ray machine... it gets to the parts of the electrical equipment which we can't usually get to, without taking the item to pieces. The tests we carry out vary from item to item and must be carried out correctly and in the right order.

Interpreting Test Results
Your test device says the electrical equipment has 'passed', but does the test device know everything about the item being tested? Unlikely, so it is up to you to check the results against industry standards.

Recording Results & Labelling
What if there is an incident and someone gets hurt? Your paperwork is evidence of due diligence, but only if it is filled out accurately.

Final Exam
Hopefully the previous topics and your prior knowledge of 'PAT Testing' will have prepared you for your final test. There are no trick questions, but they are not that easy either. Take your time and remember to READ THE QUESTION.