Folks - does portable appliance testing need to be done by a qualified
electrician and/or need any particular training to be considered valid?
My query is around selling on S/H electrical equipment and just wanting to
be sure it is fit to be sold on. I've seen products like the Megger PAT32
and I assume they require limited experience to use and will either pass or
fail whatever is being tested.
(Actually, very few qualified electricians have any idea how to
perform PAT testing, nor are qualified to do so.)
Yes, and it is intended to be accessible to non-electricians.
You should obtain C&G 2377/02 certificate in performing PAT
testing to show you know what your're doing. Look for this in
local technical and further education colleges. This is intended
to be achievable by someone who knows how to wire a plug and
knows the difference between milliohms and megohms. It's normally
run as a 1 day course with the exam at the end of the day. In
your case, find somewhere which also does some practical work
during the course with PAT testers, as the exam doesn't include
any (which means some courses don't either). It will also give
you a good idea what features you will and will not require in
the PAT tester you choose to obtain.
It's usually run together with C&G 2377/01 which covers
management of PAT testing. That's probably slightly less
applicable to you, but you may not be able to find somewhere
which does only one without the other, and there's a lot of
Yes, you need to know how to to perform a test, but most of it
doesn't involve any piece of test equipment at all. This is
covered on the G&G course above. Note that as you're selling
appliances, you also need to be aware of the Plugs and Sockets
Act which will apply to you, and imposes additional requirements
over and above just PAT testing. (This might get mentioned on
some courses, but isn't part of the exam.)
You will also need to ensure your 3rd party liability insurance
will cover you for any claims relating to PAT testing. Check with
your insurer that they will cover you once you have a C&G 2377/02
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