PAT Testing? What is it & do I need it?


PAT Testing or Portable Appliance Testing is the term used to describe the testing of electrical equipment to ensure it is safe for use. Here at Able Skills, we run a 2-day long PAT Testing Course in an attempt to cover the requirements of both experienced electricians and those with non-electrical backgrounds. - There is no law which states that PAT testing is compulsory. However, when it comes to electrical equipment, employers should take a risk-based approach, always ensuring that the equipment is safe to use, with no damage to the wires or plug visible. This course is also included in some of our electrical packages such as the Gold Card Approved Electrician.


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The course will be completed by sitting two separate exams that will be taken here at our training centre - Both on-line exams are open-book so it is essential that you have a copy of IET Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. We also recommend this as pre-course reading material.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 places legal accountability on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and to take reasonable and practical steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of electrical equipment - this requires a regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing. - A competent person must inspect the installation regularly in any public building or a place that people work.


Want some more info?


If you would like to further understand the electrical courses that we offer here at Able Skills including PAT testing then simply get on the phone to us on 0808 100 3245! It is quick and easy to contact us and you can even come straight into our office unannounced between the hours of 8:30 - 16:30. We are open every single day of the week.

K5, Riverside Industrial Estate, Riverside Way, Dartford DA1 5BS


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Able Skills is a City & Guilds accredited training centre!