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Whilst not a legal requirement, it is a convenient way of helping employers meet their obligations under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
PAT Testing is to be carried out by a competent person with relevant training and experience in the role.
It is important the training is carried out to a high standard, so you must arrange for a quality PAT Testing Course to be delivered by suitably qualified and experienced Instructors.
Investing in the right PAT Testing equipment is vital. Not all PAT Testers are suitable for every work environment, or for testing every electrical appliance. Don’t just buy the lowest priced tester, or the tester with the most buttons. We offer an independent appraisal of the equipment available to buy today. We only sell PAT Testing Equipment we believe is capable of carrying out the right tests in the right way, whilst also offering exceptional value for money.
There are many myths and untruths relating to PAT Testing, many of which have been created by PAT Testing companies for financial gain.
Whilst you certainly don’t need to be an electrician to PAT Test, you do need a level of technical knowledge.
Remember, no-one is an expert following a PAT Training Course, so it is important to continue to develop your skills and knowledge and not become complacent.
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Priory Training Academy are a national training company with many years of practical PAT Testing experience, as well as training people in PAT Testing.
We carry out PAT Testing Courses throughout England and Wales, normally at your premises, so there should be no difficulties for you getting to your training venue. We don’t charge you for our fuel or accommodation - let that be our problem, not yours.
All of the following are included FREE with this course:
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Comprehensive Course Notes
PAT Testing On-site Guide
Why train with Priory Training Academy?
At Priory we only employ qualified Instructors with extensive PAT Testing experience in a multitude of environments. To be able to share their knowledge, our Instructors need to know their subject inside out - let’s face it, they will never know what question they will be asked next.
Our PAT Testing Courses are intensive - electrical safety is a complex subject. However, your course instructor will take you through the processes in a logical manner at a pace to suit you.
As PAT Testing is based upon guidelines and best practice, you'll begin by learning the origins of PAT Testing and its importance in your workplace. On top of this comes basic electrical theory, the design of appliances and the role of manufacturers when dealing with electrical safety. Once you know how an appliance has been constructed, you can determine what tests can be carried out and what the test equipment actually does to the appliance.
Once we have covered the theory, you will progress onto putting the theory into practice. The afternoon session is your chance to get your hands on the test equipment and appliances (some of which may have faults in order to test your understanding). By covering a variety of appliances, we can start to personalise the training and make it relate to the appliances at your premises.
Whilst we cannot guarantee you will pass the course - in the same way a learner driver cannot guarantee they will pass their driving test, we will do everything in our power to guide you through the day. Should you pass the practical and exam sessions, you will be certified as an officially qualified PAT tester.
The benefits of PAT Testing in-house
Whilst not a legal requirement, PAT Testing won’t go away. Instead it is evolving and has changed significantly since it was introduced in its current format 25 years ago. Rather than PAT Testing every appliance every 12 months, a risk based approach has been adopted which requires more management and ‘fine tuning’ of the process. By bringing PAT Testing in-house you are able to closely match the PAT Testing to your specific requirements, whilst saving on PAT Contractor costs.
The largest and most important part of PAT Testing isn’t the actual testing, but instead it’s the User Check and Formal Visual Inspection. Typical appliance faults are normally missed by electrically testing the appliance, but are easily spotted by just having a good look at it. Getting your work colleagues on-board with this concept will save you time and effort, whilst making the workplace a safer place.
For smaller operations e.g. DJs, self-employed construction workers, landlords etc, carrying out your own PAT Testing at a time to suit you puts you in the driving seat, without having to pay excessive ‘day rates’ due to your lower numbers of appliances.
How many people do you allow on the course?
Whilst we prefer a group of 4 people, we normally allow a maximum of 8 people on any of our 1 day PAT Courses. Each person will need a bit of 1-on-1 time at some point in the day, so if the group is too big, this can be a problem. Should you require more people to attend, we can accommodate that by bringing more Trainers to the course.
Do I get a certificate?
Upon successful completion of the practical session and multiple choice exam you will have earned a Certificate of Achievement, stating your ability to carry out In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, as defined by the IET Code of Practice (4th Edition). These are sent to you via 1st Class Recorded Post.
Do I have to complete an examination?
You won’t like to hear this, but yes. In fact there are two, but the first one is just a practice paper to get you accustomed to the question style. The second paper is the one which counts.
Do I have to complete a refresher course?
In line with many in-house courses, our PAT Certificates expire after 3 years. We find that most people who carry out in-house PAT Testing for their company become rusty due to lack of regular practice. Many of our customers choose to complete a refresher course every three years in order to satisfy their business CPD requirements and to prove competence levels.
Can I attend the course if I’ve never had any electrical training or experience?
Whilst some people have a level of technical knowledge, the majority have very little. We assume that everyone knows nothing, and if it turns out that you have some previous knowledge, that is a bonus. In order to prepare you a little for the course, we ask that you do a little ‘homework’ in the form of a multiple choice online quiz. This will introduce you to some of the terminology we will be using and give you a push in the right direction. On top of that you can have your Trainer’s mobile phone number. If you get stuck at any stage, give him a call and he will talk you through it. Alternatively you can call our office.
Can I attend even if I don’t have any PAT Test equipment?
We actually actually recommend that if you haven’t got any test equipment, you don’t buy any until after the course. This isn’t so that we can sell you some, it is because not all test equipment is suitable for all applications, and in too many cases we have seen people wasting their money. We have the benefit of working with all makes and models of test equipment and can advise you on which would be the most suitable for your needs. Our courses are run with Kewtech KT71 testers as they do everything required in the code of practice without being over-complicated or expensive.
What if I have my own pat tester. Can I use it?
Please do. It makes sense that if you have your own test equipment, you should be shown by us how to use it properly.
How long is the course?
Our Trainer will arrive on site for around 8.30am for a 9.00am start. The courses normally finishes at around 4.30pm. If you would prefer an earlier start and finish, this can be arranged to suit your needs.