Can I carry out PAT testing after I have completed the course, or do I also need the C&G qualification?

The legal requirement is that the person carrying out the testing must be competent. There is no requirement for any formal qualifications. Our PAT Competent Person course is designed to provide the technical knowledge and practical skills required to be competent.

Do I need to regularly renew the training.

A refresher course may be advisable if you have not done any testing for a long period of time, but again this is based on competency, provided you are still competent, there is no requirement to undertake any further training.

Does the course certificate have an expiry date?

Does the course certificate have an expiry date?

Do I need to purchase a PAT tester before attending the course?

No, we provide test instruments to use on the course. It is generally better to attend a course first before purchasing any equipment. You will have the opportunity to use various types of test equipment on the course and we can also offer advice on the most suitable for your needs.

I don’t have any previous electrical experience, will I be okay to attend the course?

Previous electrical experience is not required, however we would recommend reading our training manual before attending. The training manual can be viewed via your course account.

Does the course just cover the testing portable appliances?

The term ‘Portable Appliance Testing’ (PAT) can be misleading. The course covers the inspection and testing of all electrical equipment.

Do I need to purchase a copy of the IET Code of Practice?

All students will receive a Plugtest training manual which is based on the IET Code of Practice. Although it is useful to have a copy of the IET Code of Practice for future reference, it is not essential for the Competent Person course.

Do I need to have the City & Guilds qualification to carry out PAT testing.

There is no requirement to have the qualification. For most people, our PAT Competent Person course is suitable. However, if you are looking to offer PAT testing as a service to customers, it is advisable to have the C & G qualification as this is a requirement of most professional membership associations.

Do I need to have a copy of the IET Code of Practice?

Yes, you must have a copy of the IET Code of Practice for the City & Guilds course. The exam is open book and there is information within tables that you will need to look up. This should be the latest 5th edition, ISBN-13: 978-1-78561-966-3.

Are there any entry requirements for the exam?

The minimum age for exam registration is 18 and you must have photo ID to take the assessments.

Do I need to have any previous electrical experience to attend the C&G course.

There is no requirement for any previous electrical qualifications, however we recommend that you have a good understanding of basic electrical principles. As a minimum, you should have a good understanding of Ohm's Law and multiples and sub-multiples of electrical units.

Is there an exam?

Yes. The C & G exam is 1 hour 45 minutes with 50 multiple choice questions. The pass mark is 80%. You may refer to the IET Code of Practice during the exam, however any other notes or material is not allowed.

Do you have any mock exams available?

Yes, you will be able to access our online mock exams via your course account. We also go through mock exam questions on the course. We have a shortened free mock exam available to give you an idea of the format of the exam and the type of questions asked.

If I fail the exam, is there a resit option?

Yes, if you fail the exam, you can do an exam only resit. The cost of the resit is £85+VAT.

Do you have syllabus for the course?

Yes, you can find more information on the City & Guilds 2377-77 course content here


Do I need to be an electrician to attend this course?

No. The course is primarily geared towards non-electricians that need to isolate circuits to enable them to work safely with electrical equipment. For example, caretakers or maintenance staff that need to isolate a circuit to make minor repairs, such as replacing a broken socket.

Do I need any previous electrical knowledge to attend the course?

No. Although some basic electrical knowledge would be useful, we are confident we can train most people. We deliberately keep our class sizes small to ensure that no one gets left behind.

Do I need to purchase any equipment before attending the course?

No as everything will be provided for you. However, if you already own any safe isolation kit or testers then by all means bring them along so you can use them on the course.

Can you advise on the equipment required and do you sell it?

Advice on equipment explaining the various options available will be given during the course or by contacting our offices, as well being able to purchase it direct from ourselves. When purchasing the voltage testers it is essential that they are two pole GS38 approved.

Can you provide this course on-site at our company’s premises?

Yes, we certainly can. Our on-site safe isolation course allows us to tailor the course to meet your own particular requirements and also offer practical advice specific to your workplace. Everything required for the course can be provided by ourselves but we can use your own equipment if you already own some. As well as being convenient, in-house training often works out the best value option if you have a number of people to train.