Anyone can perform PAT testing, but you must be deemed ‘competent’ to do so. Although there is no legal requirement for someone to attend PAT training, it is strongly recommended that you do so to ensure you understand electrical risk, equipment management and how to use test instruments.
There is no formal definition of what makes someone competent but an understanding of electrical safety and how appliances work is essential. The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989 state that where required, inspecting and testing must be carried out by a competent person.
It is common for people who want to PAT test to gain this competency through ‘bricks and mortar’ training but for those who can confidently self-study or may already have an electrical understanding or background, an online course may be sufficient.
[amazon_link asins=’1849196265′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’electacourse-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’71ab4fd5-2a8c-11e7-9ced-3fd14ed17904′]Although this course will provide all the information you require to consider becoming a PAT Tester, we strongly recommend that you purchase the [amazon_textlink asin=’1849196265′ text=’IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment 4th Edition’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’electacourse-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’f8e67402-2a8c-11e7-81a5-333321825dae’]. This publication will serve as a useful reference for any issues you may encounter during the course of your career as a PAT Tester.
In the Electacourse PAT Testing practice test at the end of this course, we have included a small number of questions which presume you have a copy of this book.