PAT - Portable Appliance Testing Training Course

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This PAT – Portable Appliance Testing Training Course is designed to help you familiarise with testing technical appliances, training you to be able to know how to assess and minimise risks, carry out inspections and understand the safety procedures that need to be in place when using portable appliances at work.

Portable electrical equipment is found in the majority of workplaces across the UK. To prevent workplace hazards such as electrical fires and electrical shocks, it’s important that managers and responsible employees are aware of how to perform maintenance check-ups. 

This course is suitable for employers and employees in low risk workplaces such as shops or offices, who have the responsibility to ensure workplace health and safety. No previous training is required for this course, which can be accessed online from any device.

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Who should take the course

This technical course is primarily for individuals who are responsible for shared electrical appliances. This would include people like;

  • Electricians
  • Property Owners
  • Maintenance staff
  • Facility management staff
  • Shop Owners


Once you’ve successfully completed your course, you will immediately be sent a digital certificate, Also, you can have your printed certificate delivered by post (shipping cost £3.99). All of our courses are fully accredited, providing you with up-to-date skills and knowledge and helping you to become more competent and effective in your chosen field. Our certifications have no expiry dates, although we do recommend that you renew them every 12 months.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course learners will be able to readily demonstrate that they can:


At the end of the course, there will be an online assessment, which you will need to pass to complete the course. Answers are marked instantly and automatically, allowing you to know straight away whether you have passed. If you haven’t, there’s no limit on the number of times you can take the final exam. All this is included in the one-time fee you paid for the course itself.

Course Curriculum

  • What is a Portable Electrical Appliance? 
  • What are the risks? 
  • Understanding shock risk 
    • Electric Shock
  • A little about risk assessment 
  • In-service Inspection and Testing Procedures 
  • Updated CE and UKCA Marking Regulations
  • Setting Up for Appliance Testing 
    • Equipment Register 
    • Combined Inspection and Testing Form 
    • Faulty Equipment and Repair Register 
  • Summary
  • Legislation
  • Who is responsible for PAT testing?
  • The long-term safety of appliances
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA)
  • The Management of the Health and Safety at Work Act Regulations 1999
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EWR)
  • Legal measures
  • Summary
  • What you need to know about risk assessments
  • What is a risk assessment?
  • Factors to consider during a risk assessment
  • Performing a risk assessment
  • Who should perform a risk assessment?
  • Operatives’ obligations during
  • The Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment 
  • Issues when planning PATs
  • Summary
  • risk assessments
  • Risk Assessment during PAT
  • Reducing risks: fire safety
  • What must you do to ensure fire safety?
  • Performing the fire safety risk assessment
  • Itemised process of fire safety risk assessment
  • Emergency procedures
  • What Should Be Included in Your Emergency Procedures?
  • Summary
  • Electrical Units 
    • Current 
    • Voltage
    • Resistance 
    • Ohm’s Law
    • Power 
    • Frequency 
    • Electrical Unit Multiples and Sub-multiples 
  • Appliance Classification 
    • Class 0 Equipment of Appliances 
    • Class 01 Equipment of Appliances
    • Class I: Equipment of Appliances
    • Class II: Equipment of Appliances
    • Class III: Equipment of Appliances
    • Equipment Types
  • Summary
  • The Choice and Different Kinds of Equipment 
  • Inspecting Equipment 
  • General Things to Look for During a Visual Inspection 
  • Inspecting the Equipment 
  • Formal Visual Inspection 
    • Manufacturers’ Instruction
    • Suitability of the Equipment for the Environment 
    • Switching and Isolation of Equipment 
      • Requirements for Functional Switching 
      • Requirements for Isolation and Switching Off for Mechanical Maintenance 
      • Emergency Switching
    • User Feedback
    • The Equipment 
    • Equipment Failing the Formal Visual Inspection 
    • Inspecting Hand-Held Equipment 
    • Inspection of Fixed Equipment 
  • Summary
  • Testing Instruments 
    • Equipment Testing Instruments  
    • Continuity Testing 
    • Insulation Resistance Testing 
    • Instruments for RCD Test 
    • Instrument Verification 
  • Frequency of In-service Inspection and Testing 
    • Risk Assessment 
    • Inspections 
    • Defined Risk Environments 
    • Review of Frequency of Inspection and Testing 
  • Summary
  • The Protective Conductor Continuity Test 
  • The Insulation Resistance Test 
  • Protective Conductor and Touch Current Measurements 
  • Ring Final Circuit Test 
  • Polarity Test 
  • Earth Electrode Testing 
  • Prospective Fault Current Test 
  • Functional Checks 
  • Substitute Leakage Test  
  • Load Test
  • Flash Testing  
  • Summary
  • Correct Selection of Protective Devices 
  • Test Equipment 
  • Electric Shock 
  • Testing Transformers 
  • Testing a 3 Phase Induction device
  • Summary
  • The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)  
  • Documentation 
  • Labelling 
  • Damaged or Faulty Equipment 
  • User Responsibility
  • Summary

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Course Reviews


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  1. PAT - Portable Appliance Testing Training Course


    Amazing course interface and great content.

  2. It helped me


    It helped me a lot to ensure a reduction in risk at my workplace. I would request all of you to pursue this course to avoid any hazardous situation.

  3. It gave me confidence


    I think this is a must course for every individual. It gave me the confidence to work at my office, now I can work without being panicked and insecure all the time.

  4. Satisfied


    First course with Training express. satisfied

  5. Engaging course


    I have experience in PAT. Wanted the course for certification. I would say the materials are quite engaging. You won’t regret it.”

  6. pat


    top course learnt some new stuff by taking mock and then exam all in all very pleased

  7. Portable Appliance Testing


    Informative. Tells you the key facts you need to be aware of.Quick and straightforward learning and assessment

  8. Helpful and professional


    “I have relevant experience in appliance testing. It’s a requirement in the UK. So I had to take it. It was helpful. I finished it in a sitting. I would try other courses of Training Express in future.”

  9. Got basic ideas


    I work for a renowned multinational company that produces and supplies portable appliances. As a manager, I need to know what the technicians are doing for monitoring purposes. I took the course to familiarize with the basic concepts. I am happy that I chose Training Express.

  10. Essential for compliance


    I own a shop that sells portable electric appliances. The training was essential for legal purposes. Concise course at affordable cost. Can’t complain.

  11. Convenient pricing


    My new employer asked for a certification although I have relevant experience in the field. I found the course on REED and checked the modules. The pricing was convenient. I loved it!

  12. Pat test


    Easy to understand and follow information/ instructions

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