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How to carry out portable appliance testing
How to carry out portable appliance testing
How to carry out portable appliance testing
How to carry out portable appliance testing
How to carry out portable appliance testing

Overview - How to Carry out Portable Appliance Testing

PAT Testing is an important part of running a safe commercial business and valuable skill for anyone who has a duty to ensure that all electrical equipment is maintained in a safe condition. Anyone can carry out a PAT test and no electrical background is required - providing you take the necessary training and have been issued with the relevant certificate, which states you can test and certified electrical equipment’s are safe to use.

This Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) course aims to ensure that learners have the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct PAT testing safely. Training for testers must include the following area, identification of equipment and appliance types to determine the test procedures and frequency of inspection and testing. Persons testing must be familiar with the test instruments used and in particular their limitations and restrictions so as to achieve repeatable results without damaging the equipment or the appliance.

The Legislation Requirements

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. Portable Appliance Testing is one way in which to ensure electrical equipment is safe. As stated in the IEE Code of Practice - testers  must have an understanding of the modes of electrical, mechanical or thermal damage to electrical equipment and appliances and their flexes which may be encountered in a work environment.

Health and Safety Legislation and Compliance

  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Workplace Health and Safety Regulations 1992

Who is this course for?

Anyone responsibility for health and safety in the workplaces including:

  • Commercial maintenance staff
  • Electricians
  • Facilities manager
  • Landlords
  • Office maintenance staff

Test and certificate

At the end of the course there will be a multiple-choice quiz testing your knowledge of the topic. Following the successful completion of the course you will receive a digital certificate, which you can download or print. We recommend that you keep these for your records.

This course is not accredited and will not provide the learner with evidence towards a recognised qualification. All portable appliance testing equipment is different. It is the learner’s responsibility to make sure that they have read and understood the manufacturer’s user manual for their PAT testing equipment before attempting to carry out PAT testing. Although we make every reasonable attempt to verify the accuracy of the technical information and advice provided in this course, we accept no responsibility for loss or damage to persons or equipment resulting from its application or interpretation.

Lesson Plan

Areas covered include:

  • Learning Outcomes
  • Glossary
  • Introduction
  • Hazards of Electricity
  • Why carry out PAT testing?
  • Classes of Appliance
  • Inspection Testing
  • Earth Bond Testing
  • Insulation Testing
  • Leakage Testing
  • IEC Leads and Extension Leads
  • Labels and Retesting
  • Summary and Conclusion


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


Approximately 1 hour. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Target Audience

This module is suitable for anyone interested in becoming a competent person in portable appliance testing.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

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How to carry out Portable Appliance Testing
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