Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is essential for those who are involved in the periodic electrical safety checks required by legislation. There are no formal entry requirements; however, candidates applying for this course should be familiar with electrical systems and hazards associated with electricity. Learners must be at least 18 years old.

What does the course involve?

The course is suitable for non-experts. It provides all the skills and knowledge necessary to preform competent portable appliance testing. The content includes:

  • The Legal Requirements to test
  • Hiring of Equipment
  • Definitions of Regulations
  • Record Keeping
  • Equipment Registers
  • Frequency of Inspection
  • Visual Inspection
  • Test Procedure
  • Classes of Equipment

· Interpretation of Results

You will need your own copy of code of practice for in-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (4th Edition) for this qualification.

Assessment Methods

The qualification is assessed by a 1 hour 45 minute multiple choice on-line computer examination (50 questions), and a practical assessment carried out in our workshop.

Progression Options

A range of programmes of interest to those in engineering.

Course Summary

Course Title Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
Entry Requirements

Some basic electrical knowledge is preferred.

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I found the entire experience of studying my Level 2 course really rewarding, that I decided to further my knowledge by completing a Level 3 course. I’m continually learning new skills and it’s really helping my professional development in the workplace.

Amanda, ILM Leadership & Management Level 3

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