Can I Train To Be A PAT Tester?

Did you know that you don’t have to be a qualified electrician in order to PAT test?

As long as you’re deemed competent to do so, absolutely anyone can check electrical appliances for safety. The most commonly accepted way to be deemed competent is to take a PAT training course and be presented with a Certificate of Competency in PAT testing.

Here at ETC, we’ve helped everyone from professional electrician to employees in charity shops get the qualification they need to check their appliances for safety. Doing the testing yourself is actually a great solution; it saves the cost of hiring a PAT testing firm to do it for you, which can be costly if you have a large amount of appliances.

Out PAT training courses are open to any person who has the responsibility to safely maintain ‘Electrical Equipment and Appliances’ or who would like to learn more about PAT Testing. Previous electrical training is not essential.

Course Overview

The PAT Training course offers a certificate of competency which is evidence of the candidate’s ability to carry our PAT Testing in the United Kingdom and Ireland.  This training course contains both theory and practical with lots of hands on experience in real-life scenarios.

The course will cover subjects such as principles of electricity, classification of appliances, dangers, legal requirements, IEE Code of Practice, recording results and how to effectively use a PAT tester machine.

On completion of the course successful candidates will be able to confidently undertake PAT Testing and record keeping and be able to carry out testing for their organisation or as a service to others. Thus satisfying all of the ‘Electricity at Work Regulations 1989’.

Progression & Development

Candidates may also be interested in completing an Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 electrical safety training course.


Candidates do not have to be practicing electricians. This course assumes little or no knowledge about PAT Testing.


A multiple-choice exam takes place at the end of the training course.


Successful candidates will receive a Certificate of Competence in PAT Testing awarded by PASS.

These courses are held at a number of venues across the UK. To see all venues visit the PAT course page.


There are no requirements for this course. If you have your own PAT equipment bring it along, although we have lots of models available for you to practice on if you don’t.

City & Guilds 2377 Code of Practice, PAT Training Course…

If you require a City & Guilds Certificate then the PAT training Course – City & Guilds 2377-22 for the In-service Inspection and Testing of electrical Equipment is the course you will need.

This is a Theory based PAT Training Course which focuses on the IET Code of Practice. It is a two day training course. Click this link for more about the 2377 PAT Training Course, and information about what the Code of Practice entails.

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