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PAT Testing or Portable Appliance Testing is the process by which electrical appliances are checked to see if they are safe. Under the Electricity at Work Regulations employers are required to inspect and test all portable appliances regularly. This qualification is aimed at those undertaking practical inspection and testing of electrical equipment. This qualification will allow candidates to learn, develop and practise the skills required to test portable electrical appliances with the Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. If you already work as an electrician, it will add another string to your bow and can help you move up in the industry.

Day 1 - gives course delegates the basic electrical knowledge needed to understand the subject matter. The course then progresses to look at the code of practice for in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment produced by the I.E.E. Day 2 - is split and will allow delegates to carry out portable appliance testing both by visual inspection and using test instruments they will learn how to correctly complete testing records. Day 3 - will be practical assessment and a multiple choice examination

Course Content includes: Electrical Safety Regulations role and responsibilities Insulation and earthing Classification of appliances Preliminary inspection, test precautions Using a Portable Appliance Tester Essential Tests Optional Tests Labelling Tests Reporting and recording results Implementing a test program

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.


An understanding of electrical principles would be an advantage.


The City & Guilds 2377-22 Award in the In Service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment.


Candidates will be required to successfully complete a 50 question multiple choice open book examination together with a practical assessment.

Home Study

Students will be expected to undertake practice questions in their own time.

Work Placement

The is no work placement requirement for this programme.


This is a standalone qualification. Students may wish to explore other Electrical Installation courses like the Level 2 Electrical Installation Diploma to further their career.

Fees and Additional Costs

Any resits will incur an additional cost.

Additional Information

AL3PAT 202101 Monday 14/09/2020 31/07/2021 09:00 - 16:30 £350.00
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