Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)



Almost all workplaces are now reliant on electrical equipment, which means a career in Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) can be a lucrative and stable decision. This Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) course will teach you about the tasks that are involved with PAT and how you can stay safe when testing electrical equipment.

The course begins by introducing you to PAT and summarising some of the risks that are involved and the relevant legislation, after which you learn about risk assessments and the five steps to identifying and evaluating risks and recording and implementing your findings. This unit also covers the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013.

Next, you will be given a closer look at how to reduce and control the risks of PAT, which includes choosing and inspecting the right equipment, pre-use checks, using and storing equipment safely, fire safety, and how to react to emergency procedures. Finally, you will learn about testing itself, general testing tips, the different types of tests, such as Class I (earthed), Class II (double insulated) and earth leakage, how to test your own equipment and IEC and extension leads. This last module also teaches you how to respond safely to equipment failure.

Understanding how to be thorough with Portable Appliance Testing is important for anyone who is responsible for health and safety management in low-risk workplaces such as offices. This course provides you with the latest accurate advice and information so you can take your career to the next level, and even consider undergoing practical PAT training.

Benefits of studying Portable Appliance Testing (PAT):

  • 24/7 access to the course for 12 months
  • No hidden fees or exam charges
  • CPD endorsed certification on successful completion
  • Full Tutor support on weekdays (Monday – Friday)
  • Efficient exam system, assessment, and instant results
  • Improve your chance of gaining professional skills and better earning potential.

Course design

The course is delivered through our online learning platform, accessible through any internet-connected device. There are no formal deadlines or teaching schedules, meaning you are free to study the course at your own pace.

You are taught through a combination of

  • Video lessons
  • Online study materials
  • Mock exams
  • Multiple-choice assessment

Method of Assessment

To assess your learning, you have to participate in an automated multiple choice question exam. You have to score at least 60% to pass the exam and to qualify for ABC endorsed and CPD accredited certificates. After passing the exam, you will be able to apply for a certificate.

In addition, to enhance the depth of your knowledge regarding the course and further assess your learning, you are advised to complete the assignment questions provided at the end of the course, which you can complete anytime you wish. After submitting the assignment, our expert tutor will assess your assignment and will give you feedback on your performance.


Endorsed Certification from ABC Awards

After successfully completing the course, learners will be able to order an endorsed certificate as proof of their new qualification. Endorsed certificates can be ordered and get delivered to your home by post for only £79 . There is an additional £10 postage charge for international students.

CPD Certification from One Education

After successfully completing the MCQ assessment of this course, you will qualify for the CPD Certificate from One Education, as proof of your continued professional development. Certification is available in PDF format, at the cost of £9, or a hard copy can be sent to you via post, at the cost of £15.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that One Education has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by One Education to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.   ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

This course has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Why study this course

Whether you’re an existing practitioner or aspiring professional, this course will enhance your expertise and boost your CV with key skills and an accredited qualification attesting to your knowledge.

The Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) course is open to all, with no formal entry requirements. All you need is a passion for learning, a good understanding of the English language, numeracy and IT, and to be over the age of 16.

FAQ –  Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Does this course teach you how to use PAT testing equipment? After completing the course can you buy a PAT tester and use it?

A. This is a theoretical course that will enhance your knowledge of the PAT test. Practical training is required to use a PAT tester.

Q. Does the course comply with the Electricity at work regulations of 1989?

A. Yes, complies with the Electricity at work regulations of 1989.

Q. Is PAT testing of 110V equipment included in this course?

A. No, not included.

Q. What are the common PAT testing equipment to buy?

A. There are many PAT testers available to buy. For example, Seaward PrimeTest 50 PAT Tester, Martindale HPAT400 Pass/Fail PAT Tester, etc.

Q. What is a PAT test certificate?

A. A PAT testing certificate should be provided as a record of testing by the person(s) carrying out the tests. It forms a legal document that verifies all reasonable steps have been carried out to check for the electrical safety of all equipment, and can also detail the actual results for all tests carried out.

Course Curriculum

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
Introduction to Portable Appliance Testing 00:26:00
Risk Assessment 00:27:00
Reducing and Controlling Risks 00:25:00
Combined Inspection and Testing 00:41:00
Mock Exam
Mock Exam – Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) 00:20:00
Final Exam
Final Exam – Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) 00:20:00
Assignment – Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) 6 days, 2 hours

Course Reviews


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  1. Pat testing


    Brilliant course ,would recommend to anyone who’s thinking of pat testing ,also has risk and H&S questions.

  2. Useful, but could be better


    I found the course content useful, and fairly coherent. However the voiceover was poor, often mispronounced words and was quite distracting. In addition, it was awkward to mark units as completed. I went to take the mock test, and discovered I’d somehow taken the final test.
    There was also some contradictory information. In unit 3, I think, it suggested that having a PAT tested sticker ,giving the next date of testing was not best practice, as it encouraged workers to assume a level of safety, rather than being vigilant with visual checks. In the next unit, it said these stickers should be used. And, there was no ” symbol” present in the info in unit 4 ,indicating if an appliance was class 2.

  3. 4

    Would have benefitted from some diagrams of PAT testing machines being set up rather than just descriptions. I’ve used PAT testing machines before so not a problem for me though hence 4/5


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