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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.

Please note: This course only gives you the theoretical knowledge that you need to excel in this field. This Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) doesn’t entitle you to practise as a professional in this specific field.

Benefits of studying Portable Appliance Testing (PAT):

  • 24/7 access to the course for 12 months
  • No hidden fees or exam charges
  • CPD accredited certificate 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 Quality Licence Scheme 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.

Certificate of Achievement

Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme

After successfully completing the course, learners will be able to order an endorsed certificate as proof of their new achievement. Endorsed certificates can be ordered and get delivered to your home by post for only £109 . 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.


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.

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 a Certificate of Achievement 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.

Career Path

This Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) will help you gain all the necessary theoretical knowledge to excel in the relevant field. Enrol on our course now and get started on the journey of taking your career to the next level.

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) - Updated Version
Introduction to PAT 00:23:00
Relevant Statutory Provisions for PAT 00:19:00
Risk Assessment 00:28:00
Reducing and Controlling Risks 00:15:00
Electrical Units and Appliance Classification 00:33:00
Initial Visual Examination 00:28:00
Instruments for Testing and Equipment Inspection 00:18:00
Electrical Installation Testing 00:57:00
Safety Precautions in Electrical Testing 00:15:00
Reporting and Record-keeping 00:15:00
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) Unlimited
Recommended Materials
Workbook – Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) Unlimited
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) - Old Version
Introduction to Portable Appliance Testing 01:09:00
Risk Assessment 00:25:00
Reducing and Controlling Risks 00:25:00
Combined Inspection and Testing 00:41:00

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