How to carry out Portable Appliance Testing

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Course Overview

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 Virtual College 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


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


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


Approximately 1 hour. 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, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.

Target Audience

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

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.