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.

  • Accredited by CPD
  • Guidance to comply with The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Developed by qualified health and safety professionals
  • Instant e-certificate and hard copy dispatch by next working day
  • Fully online, interactive course with audio voiceover
  • Self paced learning and laptop, tablet, smartphone friendly
  • 24/7 Learning Assistance
  • Discounts on bulk purchases

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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:

  • Demonstrate expertise in performing PAT principles
  • Understand the relevant statutory provisions for PAT
  • Carry out different types of PAT examination.
  • Combine inspection and testing together.
  • Learn how to perform initial visual examination
  • Understand the process of attempting risk assessments
  • Learn key strategies of reporting and record-keeping
  • Master key strategies and techniques of electrical installation testing
  • Carry out different types of PAT examination.
  • Combine inspection and testing together.
  • Demonstrate good knowledge of health and safety with electricity.
  • Prevent faulty equipment from harming employees.
  • Show how they display and record the actions they have performed.
  • Gain in-depth understanding of electrical units and appliance classification
  • Explore key tactics of attempting safety precautions


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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