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What’s the Difference Between PAT and Fixed Wire Testing?

Periodic Inspection and Testing, commonly known as fixed wire testing, is very different from portable appliance testing.

The two are very different tests, perform different functions and require a different set of skills in order to carry them out.

Whereas PAT testing covers the testing of appliances such as kettles, coffee makers, fridges, computers, printers, etc, fixed wire testing covers the testing of an electrical installation’s main electrical wiring system.

The good news is that if you want to diversify, you can do both PAT testing training and periodic inspection and testing training.

PAT training courses are available across various locations in the UK from the north to the south. Simply select the location closest to you and find the next convenient date.

Once you have established yourself as a successful PAT tester, you can then move on to complete fixed wire testing training by studying to be a Domestic Electrical Installer through the course packages available on our sister training site.

Both course subjects allow a wide scope opportunities and will help you to become qualified in the electrical industry. Having a qualification in both PAT testing and Fixed Wire testing allows you to offer both services to clients and allows you to carry out tests on their portable appliances and their main electrical installation under one booking or at separate times. This then provides further opportunities for you to grow your business profile.

Written by Sara Thomson