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Level 3 Award in the In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment from EAL (600/4340/4) commonly referred as PAT Testing gives learners an understanding of theory and practice of the in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment.

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Course Introduction

Level 3 Award in the In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment from EAL (600/4340/4)/ C&G (2377) commonly referred to as PAT Testing gives learners an understanding of the theory and practice of the in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment. This qualification is for those who wish to carry out formal visual inspections, and inspections and tests of electrical equipment or electricians who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills those who wish to pursue a career in the electrotechnical / building services sector.

Course Structure

This is a 1-day classroom-based course that covers the skills and knowledge required to carry out the in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment. This Award has one unit which covers: statutory and non-statutory requirements, electrical units, equipment construction, inspection and testing theory, practical inspection and testing of equipment and completion of documentation. In detail, the following topics are covered:

  1. Electrical Safety
  2. Regulation’s role and responsibilities
  3. Insulation and earthing
  4. Classification of appliances
  5. Preliminary inspection, test precautions
  6. Using a Portable Appliance Tester
  7. Essential tests
  8. Optional tests
  9. Labelling tests
  10. Reporting and recording results
  11. Implementing a test programme
  12. Practical Assessment

Followed by numerous practise questions to boost confidence and get the students to familiarise themselves with the exam methodology.

Assessment Details

Practical Assessment

EAL:- Two Tasks

City & Guilds:- Three Tasks

Online Open-book multiple-choice exam

EAL:- 40 Questions - 80 Minutes Duration, min. Pass marks 60%

City & Guilds:- 50 Questions - 100 Minutes Duration, min. Pass marks 80%

Entry Requirements

There are no formal requirements to enrol for the course, but we insist the students should have a keen interest in electrical technology and should be able to understand and communicate in English.

All students must have a copy of "Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (4th Edition)" ISBN: 978-1-84919-626-0

Career Options

Upon successful completion of it, students will receive a Level 3 certificate which will help the learners to work as qualified electricians. This certification is recognised across many industries, including:

  • Building and construction
  • Engineering

If you want to increase your knowledge further, this qualification can help you move on to others - for example:

  • Certificate in the Requirements for Electrical Installations (BS 7671: 2008) (2382)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Initial and Fundamental Inspection and Testing (2394)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Periodic inspection and testing (2395)

For management and engineering roles, you may need to move on to a Level 4 qualification such as the High Professional Diploma in Building Services Engineering (4467).