PAT Testing – What Everyone Needs to Know

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Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) – What Everyone Needs to Know Online Course

This online training programme provides the information necessary to understand and conduct portable appliance visual inspections and tests – also known as Portable Appliance Testing, or PAT. This course comes with a free e-checklist, which takes users step-by-step through the PAT process, while ensuring it is recorded.

Portable appliance testing is recognised as best practice, when it comes to preventing the hazards of portable electrical appliances. Anyone tasked with undertaking PAT need not be a certified electrician. However, they must be competent for the level and complexity of the equipment they are testing and understand the results.

This online course walks through the steps of testing and pass/fail criteria with a clear visual demonstration, of this process.

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Why This PAT Testing Course is Vital

Faults in electrical appliances can cause electric shocks and burns, which can result in severe or fatal injuries to those involved, as well as fire. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), portable appliances accounted for over 25% of all electrical accidents, while of some 30,000 fires seen in England, nearly 45% were caused by electrical faults.

Due to the risk involved, there is a clear legal requirement to control the hazards of electrical appliances and equipment.

Under the Health and Safety etc. Work 1974, employers must provide a safe working environment, free from hazards such as those of portable electrical equipment. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, or PUWER, 1998 further underscore these duties, which require that electrical equipment must be in suitably safe condition and subject to regular inspections, as required.

Aims & Objectives of PAT Testing Online Course

After completion of this online training course, trainees will have an understanding of:

  • The need for PAT
  • The legal background for PAT
  • Portable appliance types and classes
  • How to conduct visual inspections
  • The various tests required
  • How to conduct tests and understand the results
  • Pass & fail criteria during inspections testing

Prerequisites

This online training course requires no prior subject knowledge or previous course certification.

Course Content

Portable Appliance Testing – What Everyone Needs to Know

This online training course comprises the following sections:

  • Why do we Need PAT?
  • Duties & Responsibilities
  • Appliance Classes
  • Understanding PAT
  • Visual Inspections
  • Types of Tests
  • Extension Lead Test
  • Class 1 Appliance Test
  • Class 2 Appliance Test

Who this PAT Testing Course Online is for?

This online course is designed for anyone responsible for conducting portable appliance visual inspections and tests, or wishes to understand the process

Why Choose Human Focus for PAT Testing Training?

The benefits of this Human Focus online course include:

  • RoSPA assured
  • HD-quality video content
  • Compliant with health & safety regulations
  • Informative, yet concise
  • Interactive to support engagement
  • Designed to support retention

Course Format

Format: 100% online

  • 50+ minutes in length
  • Knowledge test at the end of the training

Certification

A RoSPA assured pat test certificate will be issued by Human Focus to the users upon successful completion of the course.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does PAT testing stand for?

PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing, and is often referred to as PAT testing or simply PAT. It is a systematic process of visually inspecting and testing electrical appliances to ensuring they are safe to use.

Is PAT testing a legal requirement?

There is no legal requirement for PAT testing. However, there are regulations that are concerned with the maintenance of electrical appliances. PAT is widely recognised as best practice when it comes to ensuring these legal obligations are met.

Do PAT testers need qualifications?

There is no specific requirement to have a certification or qualification to conduct PAT. However, those that do so must be competent.

A competent person is defined under the Institute of Engineering and Technology Code of Practice as follows:

  • Someone with adequate electricity knowledge
  • Someone with electrical work experience
  • Someone who has a clear understanding of electrical systems
  • Someone who has practical experience to work on the relevant electrical system class
  • Someone who has a clear understanding of hazards associated with electronic equipment and knows ways to minimise them

Can I do PAT Testing myself?

In order to conduct PAT testing, you must be suitably competent, as mentioned in the question above. If you are, you then can conduct your own PAT.

A PAT testing awareness course can help to gain a basic understanding of portable electrical appliance testing, including the requirements as well as how it is done. The Human Focus PAT course is helpful in this regard.

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