It is not stated in the health and safety regulations for an individual to have any qualifications to PAT Test but it does state that PAT Testing must be done by a competent person who has been given instruction i.e. Someone who understands the PAT Testing process and can perform the necessary checks in a safe manner. It is therefore generally recommended that if a company wishes to conduct PAT Testing in-house then they have the person who will be doing the testing attend a PAT Testing training course or at least complete a distance learning course so as to fully understand what it is they are checking for.

The only nationally recognised qualification of competence in PAT is offered by City & Guilds: ‘Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment – Vocational 3 (No. 2377)’.[2] although many other non-recognised PAT training courses are available.