PAT Testing Training
All people involved in the PAT testing process need to be trained and competent to do so.
The Test Operative
The person undertaking the testing must be competent to inspect & test an electrical appliance in order to determine if it is safe to use based on the inspection and test results. Training will be required and must cover the following areas:
- Identification of equipment types
- Appropriate test procedures
- Frequency of inspection & testing
- Visual inspection
- Correct use of test instruments
- Record keeping
In most cases this will be the person doing the testing. This is the person responsible for formal visual inspections of the equipment. Training will be required in order to correctly visually inspect the equipment including checking the cable and the plug, including the internal wiring.
The Administrator / Duty Holder
Administrators have a legal responsibility to ensure that all electrical equipment in their charge is safe. Training may be required in order to understand their responsibilities. Training should include:
- Understanding of the IEE Code of Practice.
- Record keeping of the inspection and testing and repairs.
- Appropriate intervals for re-inspecting and re-testing.
- Interpret recorded test results and take appropriate action.
The person repairing Faulty Equipment.
The person responsible for repairing any faulty equipment must be trained and competent to do so. Equipment must be re-tested following the repair and record kept of the repair.
Users of the equipment should be able to check for obvious faults before switching on and using it. They must also know what to do if they find a fault. Training may be required.
Training and Qualifications
No specific qualifications are required to under take the PAT testing, rather that they must be competent to do so. However a City & Guilds 2377 - Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, qualification is available. The City & Guilds 2377 course has been designed jointly by the IEE and City & Guilds.
A competent person is defined as - 'A person possessing sufficient technical knowledge or experience to be capable of ensuring that injury is prevented.'