Online PAT Testing Course

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  • Assured by RoSPA
  • Certified by CPD
  • Audio voiceover
  • Approximate course duration 1.5 hours
  • Downloadable certificate on completion
  • 100% online training
  • No time limits

Our online PAT Testing and Electrical Safety course is an introduction to PAT testing in any work environment. It is suitable for employees at any level of the business. Although there is no law in the UK that says organisations must do PAT testing, organisations are required to make sure their employees have a safe working environment.

Electrical safety is every employer’s responsibility and PAT testing is an excellent way to ensure a safe environment and reduce accidents due to faulty electrical equipment.

Our Portable Appliance Testing online course is only £20. The course is 100% online, so it can be taken any time and anywhere with an internet connection. On average, it takes about 1.5 hours to complete.

What is PAT testing?

PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing and refers to the process of checking electrical appliances to make sure they are safe to use.

Why is PAT testing important?

Almost every business uses electrical equipment. Every year there are fires in homes and workplaces due to electrical faults and a small number of deaths due to electric shock. Employers can prevent many of these incidents by regularly carrying out PAT testing (by having employees undertake online PAT training). Businesses must assess the risks to decide how often to test their equipment. Employers should review their decisions regularly as part of ongoing risk assessment.

Does every business need PAT testing?

Yes, as almost all businesses use electrical equipment. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. Formal inspection or testing of electrical appliances is not in itself a legal requirement.

Typical appliances that should be PAT tested are:

  • Electric power tools
  • PCs
  • Irons
  • Kettles
  • Hairdryers
  • Extension leads

We have advice on choosing a PAT testing device, alongside the information in this course.

Do you have employees working from home?

If any of your home-working employees use portable electrical equipment (laptop computers, display screens or extension leads) then, as an employer, you are responsible for making sure equipment is safe and without risk of electric shock or fire.

What does the PAT Testing and Electrical Safety training course cover?

Our course explains how PAT testing can contribute to safety in every organisation. The course explains, in simple terms, how electricity works. It shows you how to prepare for PAT testing and describes how to carry out the three types of checks recommended by the Health and Safety Executive.

Who should take this PAT Testing online training course?

The course is useful for business owners, health and safety managers, those responsible for PAT testing, and users of electrical appliances.

If you have a team that needs to do the course, i2Comply offers bulk discounts of 10% to 35% on group orders – automatically applied at checkout.

What are the learning outcomes for the course?

At the end of our PAT testing course you will be able to describe:

  • Why PAT testing is important
  • What UK law says about PAT testing
  • The basic principles of how electricity works
  • How to prepare for PAT testing
  • How to carry out the three types of checks recommended by HSE

PAT Testing Course Example Certificate

When do I get my PAT Testing online training course certificate?

Your PAT training certificate will be available as soon as the training course has been passed. You just need to click on the VIEW CERTIFICATE button to download or print your certificate.

The PAT Testing and Electrical Safety course is accredited by the CPD Certification Service, as it conforms to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System, has assured the training course as providing up-to-date, quality and content-approved training.

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Example Screens from our PAT Testing and Electrical Safety online training course

Take a look at three example screens from the course. All of our courses are designed to be simple but informative. They are easy to understand and students can retain key information easily. The course screens are a mixture of text, images, animation and tables, and include professional audio.

(Click on the example screens below to view)

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What does a PAT training course cover?

Our online course covers the following topics:

1 – Introduction to PAT Testing

The first topic introduces important concepts related to Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) and electrical safety. You will learn about what PAT testing means and why it is important. You’ll also learn about the types of injury caused by electric shock and how to help someone who is being shocked.

2 – How Electricity Works

The second topic explains how electricity works. It describes voltage, current, resistance and power, and how these relate to each other. You will learn about the purpose of different wires in a circuit, and about safety devices commonly used with electric appliances.

3 – Preparation for PAT Testing

The third topic describes what you should do before you start PAT testing appliances. You’ll learn about the three kinds of check recommended by HSE.  The topic identifies what items you need in order to get started and how to build a register of appliances.

4 – User Checks

The fourth topic describes the user checks that all staff should be encouraged to do regularly. You will learn about why these checks matter and what users should look for each time they use an appliance.

5 – Formal Visual Inspections

Topic 5 is about the formal visual inspection. It explains why these checks are essential and identifies what to look for in the appliance itself and in the cable, plug, environment and RCDs.

6 – Testing with a PAT Device

Topic 6 is about testing appliances using a PAT testing device. It outlines the purpose of four different tests and identifies which appliances need which tests.


PAT Testing online course assessment

The course assessment will consist of 15 questions generated from question banks. This means the questions will be different each time you take the assessment.

Useful feedback for incorrect responses is provided. Also, revision flags are displayed on the menu for any topics where you got questions wrong.

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