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1 Day PAT Testing Training Courses

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.

PAT Testing Course Content

Equipment Construction  

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


User Check

Formal Visual Inspection

Environmental suitability of equipment

Good housekeeping

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 Continuity

Insulation Resistance

Earth Leakage/Touch Current

Substitute Leakage



RCD Test on Extension Leads

Which tests should not be carried out

Test instruments

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

Fault finding/identification

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

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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:

Plug Wiring Standards

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