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How to carry out Portable Appliance Testing

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On average this
course contributes
1 hours
towards your CPD

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 Details

Lesson Plan

Areas covered include:

  • Learning Outcomes
  • Glossary
  • Introduction
  • 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

Target Audience

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


With approximately 37 interactive screens, it is estimated that this module will take approximately 1 hour to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout.


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

CPD Accreditation

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

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

What our customers have said

I liked how easy it was to use, also gave me plenty of information.
17/05/2016 KH
It is simple to use and work through, all laid out clearly
07/05/2016 BG
Module was extremely easy to understand and didn't take long to read through
15/02/2016 CG
Lessons are easy to understand with good audio backed up by descriptive text
22/01/2016 TK
Easy and straight forward
23/10/2015 SN
Everything was straight forward and very user friendly.
18/10/2015 GJ
Use of slides, broken down into sections
13/10/2015 MH
Being able to go back and look at past pages
12/10/2015 NW
That you can return to it when it suits you
21/09/2015 SH
I liked the fact that there was no time limit and I was able to take my time with things I was not sure of
PH 21/08/2015
Very impressed! such an easy system and module to follow and I would highly recommend these to others!
ZG 22/07/2015
I liked the way it explained clearly what the terms mean and how the videos show how its done
AB 03/05/2015
To be able to stop and start and to go back to the beginning again. No pressure.
NR 14/04/2015
Very easy to learn and exam questions where easy to read, understand & Answer
AC 20/03/2015
Explained aspects I hadn't previously understood
IT 27/02/2015
The course provided clear and concise information necessary to meet the testing standard
SI 03/10/2014
Very easy to use and navigate through the course work. The course was very informative and made it easy to absorb the information needed to do the test
DD 19/09/2014
You can study at your own pace and have the ability to go back to the course information when ever you need to
JG 11/07/2014

Cost and Discounts

£30 + VAT - This cost is for a single user.

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone UKVC Sales on 01943-885089.

How it Works

The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

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This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 1 hours.

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