Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

PAT Training
£30 +VAT

Electrical equipment is present in virtually all workplaces, and that includes portable appliances. Managers and responsible persons in low risk environments have a duty to carry out visual and pre-use checks on equipment.

This course will familiarise you with the task of portable appliance testing and ways you can help minimise the risk of electrocution, electric shock, and electrically-initiated fires in the workplace. You will learn about the basics of PAT so you're able to offer your support and ensure electrical equipment does not put people's health and safety at risk while at work.

Note that this course is not suitable for people who wish to practically carry out PAT testing of electrical equipment.
  • Developed by health and safety professionals
  • Accredited by CPD and Approved by RoSPA
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 1-2 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is suitable for anyone with a responsibility for health and safety in low risk workplaces such as offices. It is suitable for all employees at any level of the business, as it introduces the learner to and gives them basic knowledge of portable appliance testing; it does not require any previous training.

However, all portable appliances require a different method of testing, so the competent person responsible for PAT needs to undergo practical training and follow manufacturers' user manuals. It is within our best interest to provide you with accurate advice and information, but it's the duty of the individual responsible for appliance testing to apply the techniques discussed in this course safely and with full confidence.


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On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit.

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is also approved by RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, as providing quality and content-approved training.

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The course is divided into four accessible, interactive modules and includes an assessment at the end:

  • Introduction to Portable Appliance Testing – what is a portable electrical appliance?, what are the risks?, legislation, and who is responsible for testing?
  • Risk Assessment – what is a risk assessment?, step 1: identify the hazards, step 2: decide who might be harmed and how, step 3: evaluate the risks and decide on precautions, the hierarchy of control, step 4: record and implement your findings, step 5: review and update, who should carry out risk assessments?, and RIDDOR.
  • Reducing and Controlling Risks – choice of equipment, inspecting equipment, pre-use checks, visual inspections, reducing risks: usage and storage, reducing risks: fire safety, and emergency procedures.
  • Combined Inspection and Test – who should carry out tests?, general testing tips, types of equipment and tests, Class I: earthed, Class II: double insulated, earth leakage test, IEC leads and extension leads, testing equipment, test stickers and records, equipment failing, and other points to note.
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Aims of the Training

By the end of this course learners will:

  • Understand the hazards associated with the use of portable electrical appliances.
  • Understand the principles of portable appliance testing.
  • Be able to suggest a suitable frequency for portable appliance testing.
  • Advise on user checks and visual inspections of portable electrical equipment.
  • Minimise the risks that may arise from the use of portable electrical appliances in the workplace.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 15 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so that you’ll instantly know whether you passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

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