Course Overview

This course is essential for those who are involved in the periodic electrical safety checks required by legislation. It is designed for non-experts and provides all the skills and knowledge necessary to perform competent portable appliance testing. The content includes:

  • The legal requirement 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

Assessment Methods

The course includes a competency test for which a certificate is issued upon successful completion.

Progression Options

A range of programmes of interest to those in engineering. Specialist leaflets are available.

Course Summary

Course Title Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
Entry Requirements

Some basic electrical knowledge is preferred.

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