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Andrew K.
5
Rezaul came and tested my electrical system. He was prompt on arrival, and explained everything to me in detail which I really appreciated. I felt like he was a very trustworthy individual and would call him again if I have any issues.
A J.
5
Great communication, arrived on time. Very thorough and diligent. Answered all my questions. Very professional manner. Very happy customer
A J.
5
Great communication, arrived on time. Very thorough and diligent. Answered all my questions. Very professional manner. Very happy customer
Rose M.
5
Pritesh was very punctual, professional and efficient and offered good advice. Definitely recommend
Harem M.
5
Arrived in time, very polite and next day had certificate. Highly recommend. Very good price as well.
Johann K.
5
It was the most painless piece of contractor work I've ever had. They arrived on time, I got a quote very quickly and the window was replaced within half an hour. Fantastic.
Jitendra P.
5
Pritesh was great. Punctual, polite, competent and quick to return his report. I would definitely recommend.
Deborah S.
5
Electrician was excellent - friendly, helpful, efficient and communicated well with me. The website booking experience was straight forward and pricing was clear. Was able to arrange an appointment promptly and at my own convenience.
Glen O.
5
It was very easy to arrange a site visit, VZ electrician arrived on time and carried out the inspection in professional and timely manner. Very knowledgeable and easy to talk too, clean and tidy. Good job well done.
Nick F.
5
Really excellent, the engineer was very personable and professionally, and delivered a great service. Highly recommended. I’m
Peter M.
5
Luke kept me updated regarding his time of arrival . He was extremely polite and did a thorough inspection which I thought was value for the price. I would recommend this company.
Naomi W.
5
Very professional service delivered by Abdul. Very good communication through out. Certificates delivered next day. Would definitely recommend and will be using again.
Joseph Y.
5
Excellent work done, very thorough, on time and got the certificate back the next day. Will recommend
Debbie B.
5
Tom was great. Very knowledgeable, personable and punctual. He kept me informed as to when he would be arriving and was true to his word. A job well done. Highly recommend. Many thanks.
Patrick R.
5
Absolute professional and very articulate with explaining any issues. Would recommend and use again.
Chiara R.
5
They were very professional and responsive. I needed an amendment to the certificate and was emailed on a Bank Holiday with the new one.
Steve H.
5
Superb communication and timekeeping. Happy with the work carried out and would definitely recommend. 10/10
Chris C.
5
I personally didn’t meet the contractor, but my tenant had no problems and told me he was polite, professional and carried the inspection without any problems.
Eddie C.
5
Very professional approach to carrying out the work. Clear recommendations given. Good price Clean work Carried out in quick time
Sal R.
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Everything you need to know about a PAT testing certificate

These days many people are looking to improve their lives and make the most out of their time. One simple way to do this is through a portable appliance testing certificate. These certificates will allow you to test new appliances before bringing them into your home or workplace.

What is A PAT test certificate?

A PAT testing certificate is a document that confirms that a portable appliance has been tested and meets the required safety standards. The certificate may be issued by an accredited testing laboratory, such as UL. PAT testing is used to ensure that portable appliances, such as microwaves and fans, meet safety requirements.

PAT testing requirements

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a type of certification that is offered by several certification authorities (CAs). The purpose of PAT certification is to validate the competence of individuals who are responsible for testing portable appliances. To be certified as a PAT tester, an individual must have completed an accredited education and completed a PAT test. The PAT test consists of three parts: 

  • The first part is an online tutorial that covers the basics of portable appliance testing. 
  • The second part is a practical exam that tests an individual’s knowledge of portable appliance testing procedures. 
  • The third part is an assessment that looks at an individual’s ability to understand and apply portable appliance testing principles. 

To be certified as a PAT tester, an individual must pass both the online tutorial and the practical exam. The assessment assesses an individual’s knowledge of portable appliance testing principles and also evaluates their ability to apply those principles in a real-world setting. 

PAT Testing Requirements vary depending on the CA that offers the certification, but most CAs require candidates to have completed an accredited education and completed a PAT test.

PAT testing regulations in the UK

PAT testing is a required step for many businesses in the UK. The Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) regulations were introduced to increase safety and quality when using portable appliances.

A PAT test must be carried out on any portable appliance intended for use in the home, including but not limited to: fridges, freezers, ovens, microwaves and dishwashers. The PAT examiner will check that the appliance meets all required safety and quality standards.

Businesses must obtain a PAT test certificate before selling or using a portable appliance. The certificate will show that the appliance has been tested and meets the required safety and quality standards. To obtain a PAT certificate, businesses must first complete a PAT application form. The form will ask for details such as the type of appliance being tested, the model number, the serial number and the name of the business requesting the certificate.

Once all of the information is received, the PAT examiner will inspect the appliance and complete a PAT test report. The report will list any safety or quality issues with the appliance that need to be fixed. Once all of the issues have been fixed, the PAT examiner will issue a PAT certificate.

If you need more information on PAT Testing Regulations look here!

Tips for getting your PAT testing certificate

There are a few things you can do to help make your PAT test certificate as successful as possible. Here are a few tips: 

  1. Choose the right PAT testing professional. Not all labs are created equal, and some may be better suited for some tests than others. Make sure to choose a lab that is experienced with performing PAT tests, has the resources necessary to conduct the test, and has certified personnel who can help you with your certification process. 
  2. Choose the right PAT test. There are many different types of PAT tests available, and you will likely need to take several depending on the type of device you are testing. Make sure to research which tests are appropriate for your devices and consult with the certifying authority for each test if you have any questions about eligibility or procedures. 
  3. Prepare for the test. Be prepared for the exam by studying the materials provided by the lab and reviewing relevant online resources. Remember that taking the test is only part of the process – you also need to pass the written exam and demonstrate competence in using the tested device in an actual environment. 
  4. Follow up after your test. After completing your PAT testing, make sure to follow up with the certifying authority to ensure that your certificate was issued correctly and that you met all eligibility requirements.
electrician performing pat testing on home appliances

Benefits of having a PAT testing certificate

There are many benefits to having a PAT test certificate. In most cases, a PAT test certificate is required to sell portable appliances. Portable appliances are appliances that are not permanently attached to the ground. This means that they can be moved around and used in different places.

One of the benefits of having a PAT testing certificate is that it can help protect you and your customers. Portable appliances can be dangerous if they are not tested and approved. If something goes wrong with a portable appliance, it can cause serious injury or even death. 

A PAT test certificate also protects you from legal responsibility. If something goes wrong with a portable appliance because it was not properly tested, you may not be held liable. With a PAT test certificate, you can be sure that your portable appliance is safe to use and meets all the safety requirements.


How long does a PAT test certificate last?

A PAT testing certificate typically does not have a fixed expiration date. Instead, the frequency of re-testing depends on the type of equipment, its use, and the environment in which it's used. However, it's generally recommended that appliances are tested at regular intervals to ensure their safety.

Common intervals include:

  • Office Equipment: Every 2-4 years.
  • Tools used in construction: Annually.
  • Equipment used by the public, e.g., in hotels or schools: Annually.
  • Appliances that are more frequently used or moved might require more frequent testing, such as every 6 months.

The cost of having a PAT testing certificate

The cost of having a PAT Test Certificate in the UK varies depending on the provider, but typically PAT testing prices are between £60 and £200. This certificate is required in order to work as a PAT tester in the UK. 

PAT testing is a vital part of ensuring that consumer electronics and appliances are safe to use. These products must be tested before they are sold to consumers, so that they are sure that they are safe to use. PAT testing is a very demanding profession. It requires knowledge of electronics and appliance safety, as well as the ability to test them quickly and accurately. In order to be a successful PAT tester, you need to be able to work quickly and efficiently. 

There are many different providers of PAT testing certificates in the UK. You can find information about them on our platform of the various professional bodies that offer this certificate.

How to get a PAT testing certificate?

With our user-friendly platform, obtaining a PAT test certificate has never been easier or more reliable. Just follow these steps:

  1. Just simply scroll up or navigate to the "Services" section and select "PAT Testing."
  2. Fill in the required details about the appliances and equipment you need to be tested.
  3. Schedule a convenient date and time for the PAT testing to be conducted.
  4. A certified professional will visit your location to perform the tests.

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If you are in the business of selling portable appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators, or power tools, it is important to have a PAT testing certificate. This certificate verifies that the appliance has been tested and meets all required safety standards. Not only will having a PAT testing certificate help your customers feel more confident about buying your products, but it will also help you avoid any legal issues down the road.

Frequently Asked Questions

A pat testing certificate is an important document that can help you protect your business from potential liability. A pat testing certificate confirms that a product has been tested and meets the safety standards set by the government or regulatory body in which your business operates. By having this document on file, you can reassure customers and other third-party vendors that the products you sell are safe to use.
Pricing for PAT testing, starting at £49, varies with renewal intervals based on the risk level of your equipment:
  • Low-risk items, such as office printers, typically require PAT testing every 2-4 years.
  • Medium-risk devices like photocopiers or frequently moved extension leads may need PAT testing every 1-2 years.
  • For high-risk equipment like heavy-duty power tools, a more frequent PAT testing schedule of, approximately, every 6-12 months is recommended to maintain the PAT testing certificate.
  • Obtaining a PAT testing certificate is essential for ensuring electrical safety in appliances. This certificate signifies compliance with legal regulations, effective risk management, and enhanced equipment performance. Beyond regulatory requirements, a PAT testing certificate provides tangible evidence for insurance compliance, offering peace of mind through detailed reports on equipment safety. It not only identifies potential faults and hazards but also recommends necessary maintenance or repairs, contributing to an overall safe environment for everyone involved.
    Yes, it is important to keep records of testing and label appliances that have been tested as part of the Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) process. Here's why:
  • Record Keeping:
    • Maintaining accurate records of testing is crucial for demonstrating compliance with electrical safety regulations and ensuring accountability. Records should include details such as the identification of each tested appliance, test dates, test results, any remedial actions taken, and the person responsible for the testing. These records serve as evidence that you have taken appropriate measures to ensure the safety of electrical equipment in your workplace.
  • Audit and Compliance:
    • Proper record-keeping enables you to demonstrate compliance during audits or inspections conducted by regulatory authorities or health and safety bodies. Auditors may request to review your testing records as evidence of your commitment to electrical safety and regulatory compliance.
  • Risk Management:
    • Records of testing allow you to track the history of each appliance and identify any recurring issues or patterns of failure. This information helps in making informed decisions regarding repair, replacement, or more frequent testing of specific appliances based on their performance history.
  • Insurance and Liability:
    • In case of an electrical incident or accident, having documented records of testing and maintenance can support your insurance claims and provide evidence of due diligence. Proper record-keeping can also help establish a strong defence against liability claims by demonstrating that you took reasonable steps to ensure appliance safety.
  • Labelling:
    • Labelling tested appliances provides a visual indication that they have undergone PAT testing and have been deemed safe at the time of testing. Labels typically include the testing date and sometimes other information, such as the next due date for retesting. These labels serve as a quick reference for employees, contractors, or inspectors, helping them identify appliances that are safe for use. Remember, different labelling requirements may exist for specific industries or situations, so it's advisable to check any industry-specific regulations or guidelines that may apply to your equipment.
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