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Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use.  Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Regulation 4 (2) states: 'As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems (defined to include portable electrical equipment) shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger'.  Essentially this means that duty holders are required to maintain portable electrical tools in a safe condition.

PAT can be carried out in house by a person with the correct equipment and competency.  This one day course will provide delegates with the ability to use this test equipment properly and the ability to properly understand the test results. 


  • Legislation - Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 & Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • HSG107 and other relevant HSE Guidance Notes and Publications
  • Theory on possible faults; diagnoses; use of Portable Appliance Test Instrument
  • Test instrument calibration and recording of results
  • Practical application of test instrument
  • Summary and short practical assessment


Open Courses - Courses are delivered throughout the year at our regional training centres. The cost per delegate is £215.00 plus VAT.  The training bundle fee is £195.00 plus VAT.  

Please click here for more information on our Training Bundle fees.

Private Courses - If you have 6 or more delegates a private course at a venue of your choice may be a more suitable and cost effective option. 




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