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    Andy F


    We have a furnished homes team that carry out PAT testing on electrical appliances on a regular basis. They are wanting to get a couple of new lads trained up to carry out this function.
    They have made some enquiries regarding training and there is a course that covers the IET code of practice which is a 1 day course and should cover everything regarding PAT testing. However they don’t get a City and Guilds qualification at the end.
    Would this be sufficient considering it’s going to be the majority of their workload or would they need to pay extra funds and need the C&G qualifications?

    Any advice would be much appreciated.


    Good Morning Andy,

    There is no requirement to have the City & Guilds qualification to PAT test appliances if this is to be done in house. The one day course you refer to will give you enough information so that your team can understand the requirements in terms of classifications of equipment and voltage/fuse ratings etc.

    Many clients use the C&G qualifications as a requirement for external partners working as contractors for them. It is a great way to demonstrate competence but as long as you have documented evidence that some appropriate training has taken place and a process of audit/verification of those staff who do the work, I see no reason why you would need to spend extra funds on gaining specific C&G qualifications.

    Hope this helps

    Best Regards

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