Different types of electrical equipment that we use in our everyday life have to be tested on a regular basis to ensure they are safe to use. Irrespective of where the electrical appliances are used, domestic or commercial environment, they need to be checked to ensure safety of users as well as those surrounded by them. Only when these appliances are marked safe for use (in a commercial environment) should they be used. The inspection and checking procedures are carried out by PAT testers who would have been certificated as competent and they do this by attending and completing a suitable PAT course.
These days PAT courses are so designed that students attending them are made familiar with all aspects associated with testing different types of electrical appliances. By the end of the course, students would have had a fair understanding of maintenance procedures, practical inspection and electrical appliance testing whilst adhering to the rules and guidelines issued by IEE’s Code of Practice. The subsequent regulations issued by the authorized body places accountability on employees, self-employed people and employers to follow the rules appropriately to ensure steps are taken to assure the safety of all people dealing with the appliances directly or indirectly.
Different PAT courses are on offer these days and are designed in a way that it will make possible for all students to acquire knowledge and skills that are necessary to instigate and carry out testing programs to great effect. The course completion certificate further indicates to the industry that the individual is capable of undertaking testing procedures at a competent level. The course generally lasts for a single day. The theoretical as well as practical side of portable appliance testing is covered in these courses to help the students become competent in what is classed as safe and what is not.
While the course content can vary a bit depending upon the type of PAT courses that are available, however, they should include Electrical safety, Roles and responsibilities as prescribed by IEE, earthing and insulation, classification of electrical appliances, essential tests, optional tests, recording and reporting, practical assessment. After training in these aspects of portable appliance testing you will be assessed in the practical application of PAT testing. And upon passing you will be given a certificate that will evidence your competence as a tester.
There are some courses that can be done via DVD training, although as overview this may be ok, we recommend a face to face tuition and assessment. Please visit us at Technoserv Training Services to get more information about PAT test training courses www.pat-training-now.co.uk.