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.
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
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
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
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
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:
PAT Testing Course Suitability