Level 3 Award in the In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment - PAT Testing 2377-77

Course Information

The course provides guidance on types of equipment and their construction, the use of appropriate test instruments and the recording of data, the inspection and testing of electrical equipment and appliances such as luminaires, and information technology supplied by a plug, socket or similar equipment.

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The aim of this qualification is to enable the delegate to undertake practical inspection and testing of electrical equipment.


At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify definitions and their meanings from the descriptions given in the CoP
  • Specify the requirements of statutory obligations and non-statutory standards and guidance in relation to maintenance of electrical equipment
  • Identify premises that are within the scope of the statutory and non-statutory documents
  • Identify the guidance given by the Health and Safety Executive relating to electrical equipment
  • Explain the legal requirement to maintain electrical equipment in a safe condition
  • State the reasons for inspecting and testing electrical equipment and systems
  • Identify the scope of the CoP for the in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment
  • Identify SI units of measurement in relation to electrical equipment inspection and testing
  • Identify the multiples and sub multiples of SI units
  • State the classification of equipment construction
  • Identify relevant construction and identification marks
  • State how electric shock occurs
  • State how protective measures in an installation relate to the protection of connected equipment (i.e. Automatic Disconnection using fuses, circuit breakers and RCDs)
  • State how equipment construction protects against electric shock
  • Explain the impact of conductor resistance on the effectiveness of protective measures
  • Identify reasons for requiring the use of RCDs
  • Identify the different types of electrical test
  • State the factors which determine the frequency of inspecting and testing
  • Explain how to carry out risk assessments based on the factors identified
  • Specify what needs to be considered when carrying out a formal visual inspection
  • Identify tests that are suitable for the different types and classifications of in-service equipment
  • Identify fake or inappropriate equipment
  • Identify the range of test instruments that can be used for testing electrical equipment
  • Explain the need for test instruments and accessories to be accurate and in good working order
  • Understand how to safely isolate a supply before working on equipment
  • Understand the difference between switching and isolation
  • Calculate the resistance of the flexible cable conductors and protective conductors
  • Specify how to carry out protective conductor continuity testing
  • Specify how to carry out insulation resistance testing 1
  • Understand the application of the protective conductor/touch current test
  • Specify how to carry out polarity checks
  • Specify how to carry out functional checks
  • Describe the requirement for testing RCDs
  • Specify the requirements for testing equipment lead sets
  • Understand requirements for equipment that has a high protective conductor current
  • Interpret results that come from testing
  • Specify the actions to be taken with damaged or faulty equipment
  • Explain the purpose of in-service inspection and testing documentation 2. state the benefits of keeping records

Course Content

  • The IET CoP for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, The Electricity at Work Regulations, The Workplace (Health, safety & welfare) Regulations, Rented Sector legislation, legislation surrounding the supply of goods for sale and hire.
  • Ohm (Resistance), Watt (Power), Hertz (Frequency), Ampere (Current), Volt
  • Class I, Class II, Class II FE, Class III, ES1, ES2 and ES3 equipment
  • Using the high and low current test methods
  • Equipment register, equipment formal visual and combined inspection and test record
  • Equipment labels

Assessment Method

A combination of classroom delivery and some practical hands-on experience will be used.

Online multiple-choice knowledge test (2377-701) and practical assignment (2377-702)

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Course Information


Successful delegates will receive a City & Guilds Certificate.


2 Days


Middlesbrough or Customer Premises

Who is it for

The course is aimed at any person who has a responsibility to safely test electrical equipment.


Delegates should possess a reasonable command of written and spoken English. Course delegates must be over 18 years of age and be familiar with electrical systems and the hazards of electricity. A minimum Level 3 Electrotechnical NVQ. Without the NVQ or evidence of any formal electrical qualifications, delegates must be able to demonstrate adequate prior knowledge and experience to ensure they have the potential to succeed. In this instance the candidate will be required to take a practical test at the start of the course, to evaluate their ability to attend this course. The candidate is required to bring photographic identification to the course (i.e passport/photo driving licence). The Code of Practice (CoP) book is available to use during the course. Alternatively, you may wish to bring your own copy along with you.