Back arrowButton/calendaricon/lockicon/sponsor
Open search
Close search
Call us on0808 168 5874

How to Carry Out Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) – E-Learning

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. Portable Appliance Testing is one way in which to ensure electrical equipment is safe.
As stated in the IEE Code of Practice - in order to comply with this the tester must have an understanding of the modes of electrical, mechanical or thermal damage to electrical equipment and appliances and their flexes which may be encountered in a work environment.
Training for testers must include the identification of equipment and appliance types to determine the test procedures and frequency of inspection and testing. Persons testing must be familiar with the test instruments used and in particular their limitations and restrictions so as to achieve repeatable results without damaging the equipment or the appliance.

On completion of this course you will:
Know the stages involved in PAT testing
Recognise the difference between Class I and Class II appliances
Know what standards are required in order for an appliance to pass each stage of PAT testing
Know where to find more information about re-test frequencies
Understand the hazards involved in PAT testing and the precautions that should be taken

This course is not accredited and will not provide the learner with evidence towards a recognised qualification. All portable appliance testing equipment is different. It is the learner’s responsibility to make sure that they have read and understood the manufacturer’s user manual for their PAT testing equipment before attempting to carry out PAT testing. Although we make every reasonable attempt to verify the accuracy of the technical information and advice provided in this course, we accept no responsibility for loss or damage to persons or equipment resulting from its application or interpretation.

Course content

Areas covered include:

Learning Outcomes
Hazards of Electricity
Why carry out PAT testing?
Classes of Appliance
Inspection Testing
Earth Bond Testing
Insulation Testing
Leakage Testing
IEC Leads and Extension Leads
Labels and Retesting
Summary and Conclusion


There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This module is suitable for anyone interested in becoming a competent person in portable appliance testing.


There is a short multiple choice assessment at the end of the course.

On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.

More details

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.