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PAT Testing FAQs

We understand that you might have questions about PAT Testing. That’s OK, we’re here to help!

This FAQ section contains the information we get asked for most often, and hopefully will serve as a useful reference guide for anyone who is starting out as a PAT Tester, or someone who has come across something new in their daily testing.

There are links on the right hand side menu to our FAQ articles which we hope will be of use to you. If you have any questions, queries or comments about this section of our website, or anything else, it would be great to hear from you. Contact us and let us know!


All about the Formal Visual Inspection
What are the British Standards for Equipment Testing?

Do You Have to PAT Test New Appliances?

Earth Continuity Test – When is this test done and why?
Earth Leakage Testing – What is earth leakage testing and how is it done?
Electrical Appliance Classes – What do the different classes mean?
Fuse Ratings – What fuse should I use?
What is In-Service Inspection and Testing (Pat Testing)?
What is the Insulation Resistance Test?
Keeping Records – how should I record my test results?
PAT Testing Definitions
What are the Legal Requirements for PAT Testing?
What are User Checks, and how are they done?
Testing Appliances that are Owned by Staff or Students – do these appliances need to be tested?
Types of Appliances
– which appliances need to be tested?
Understanding Electrical Terms
What Are The Different Kinds of PAT Tester?
What is PAT Testing?
What needs to be maintained?
Who Performs the Testing?
Work Environments and PAT Testing Frequency

Written by Barry Atkins