What is a PAT Test Certificate?

You need a PAT testing certificate to confirm that you have had portable electrical appliances checked to make sure they are safe; the certificate provides confirmation and acts as suitable records should you ever need them.

On completion of the inspection and testing of electrical equipment in your workplace, home, etc. you are provided with a report called the PAT testing Certificate. 

  • The certificate you receive should list all the appliances tested, ideally with a reference that relates to the label applied to the appliance (we use unique ID numbers).
  • The list should include the results obtained by the testing; not every company provides it but you should get the electrical readings (we provide that info). 
  • We also break down the report to locations at your site, for example, a list of appliances in the office, the meeting room, the kitchen etc. 
  • In addition to the list of appliances tested, you should get information about any appliances that fail – we give you two seperate sections; one for everything that passed, and another for anything that failed; only included if there are failures. 
  • Furthermore you should get an overview certificate document to keep in your records which will show the test date and your address. 
  • As an added bonus we also provide guidance on ways to improve the safe use of your equipment. 

We also guide our clients on the most appropriate pat testing frequency for their equipment use, as knowing how often a PAT test is needed is good to know, because you can get it done too often, and that would be a waste of your money. 

Portable appliance testing is carried out in almost every workplace in the United Kingdom, it has been getting done for many years and is very important for protecting business owners and equipment users alike, for differing reasons. A PAT test certificate confirms that a business owner has completed portable appliance testing, and serves as confirmation that the electrical appliances in the workplace, office, or home for that matter, are safe. 

Portable appliance testing is carried out to reduce the chances of an accident occurring. 

Although it is not a legal requirement to get portable electric appliances tested; it is a requirement to make sure they are safe to use, and as the only recognised method for checking an electrical appliance is safe is by a PAT tester it is essential you get it done.

We will provide you with your own PAT test Certificate after we have tested your appliances.  

A portable appliance is any electrical appliance that can be unplugged from a socket; all electrical appliances with a plug fall under the scope of portable, or PAT testing

Our engineers are competent to carry out testing on electrical equipment; portable, and fixed too. Fixed appliances are those that are connected to the mains via a fused spur rather than a socket. 

Our PAT test certificates include all the information you need to be able to show you have taken necessary action to check your equipment is safe to continue using. 

We are a team of experienced professionals, qualified and insured who conduct PAT testing daily in the North East of England, and throughout the UK. 

If we do your PAT testing we will issue you with a PAT Test Certificate. 

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Check out our main page for PAT testing Certificates which provides further information about how this certification supports that a business is complying with the regulations.

What benefits do PAT testing Certificates offer?

In order to comply with work regulations electrical equipment must maintain safety standards; to prove this has been done most people get PAT testing done. After its been done they are sent a PAT testing Certificate. The Certificate confirms PAT has been completed and equipment that has passed is safe. 

However contrary to popular belief, the certificate is not a single document saying “this certificate confirms..” but is actually a record of all appliances tested and the results obtained.

The results obtained by the tests that took place are shown next to the appliance, these include; result of the visual inspection (arguably the most important part of the test), result of the earth test carried out on appliances that require an earth for safety, result of the insulation test which is carried out on all appliances with exposed metal parts, and the result of the Polarity test which is carried out on power cords that have an earth wire (e.g. extension and IEC leads). Other Tests may be carried out that we don’t show the results for, such as if a socket tester or voltage meter has been used. 

The results are more beneficial if they show the electrical readings but that isn’t necessary and some don’t provide it; sometimes a simple pass or fail is sufficient providing you know what it means. We alway provide reports with readings, unless you tell us not to. 

The results are broken down into locations at your site, for example, separating the main office from the meeting room, and from the kitchens. 

When a PAT certificate is issued it confirms that the client for whom the equipment has been tested is complying with the regulations by having their appliances tested, to make sure they are safe. 

The certificate is evidence that the responsible person is taking steps to ensure safety of users of equipment. 

The PAT Testing Certificate must show the address where the testing took place, the name and address of the company that did the testing, the date of the test and it is recommended but not essential, that an expiry date be shown. After all the results of the test are only as good as the time they are done; the tester can’t guarantee the appliance will stay in that condition until X date. 

The PAT testing certificate doesn’t show the list of appliances or their results, that is for the report; the certificate is an official document that provides proof that appliances have been tested so that business owners can confirm their compliance with the regulations. 

If you want to know more about what PAT testing can do for you check out our blog on the best benefits of PAT testing.  

If you receive a list of appliances with no readings on then you have no clear evidence of what has been done, and the report is not complete. 

We provide every client with:

  1. the opportunity to check the engineers work and sign off the job sheet before he leaves
  2. a full report and certificate, emailed as a pdf, within 5 days of the job being done
  3. a record of your reports kept on our servers for as long as you are a client
  4. recommendations on what to do with failed appliances
  5. recommendations for PAT testing frequencies
  6. an automatic booking system, for future retests, provided to you with your PAT Report, and a reminder nearer the time

The report is sent to you as one pdf document attached to an email address. 

Frequently asked questions about PAT Test Certificates

What is a PAT test Certificate?

A PAT test Certificate or Portable Appliance Testing PAT Report (depending on who you ask) is a document that is issued to business owners after their electrical equipment has undergone the practice of Portable Appliance Testing PAT, otherwise referred to as PAT testing. Portable Appliance Testing is a process conducted on electrical appliances used by businesses to ensure they are safe for continued use. 

Although it is recommended that we call it PAT or Portable appliance Testing we in the industry prefer to call it Inspection and Testing, but no-one knows what that means, so we simply call it PAT testing. We try to refrain from the use of the word ‘portable’ as that causes confusion and doesn’t cover everything we do. 

Portable” refers to the appliance being portable from the mains, ie it can be unplugged. It has nothing to do with whether it can be moved. However, it is not just appliances with plugs that we have to test. We also test appliances with industrial adaptors, and appliances that are wired directly into the mains supply via a fused connection unit (or spur). 

Put them all together and we are completing PAT testing, after which we issue you with a completed PAT test Certificate Report. 

The PAT testing Certificate provides confirmation that the company or organisation in question, is complying with the regulations by having regular inspections carried out on their portable electrical equipment.

These regular checks look for damage and other risks that need repairing or fixing in order to make the appliance and or workplace safer.

What does a PAT test certificate look like?

A PAT testing company such as us has our own PAT testing certificate template that we use to provide our clients with the certificate they need to show evidence that they are complying with the UK health and safety regulations for electrical safety

Our Certificate is a very thorough document, much like the electricians EICR document; it includes your information and ours as standard, details of the latest calibration of the test machine that was used on the job (that is an important part missed off a lot of Certificates),  and includes itemised details of all the appliances that have been tested and have passed or failed. 

Our report is broken down in to locations at your site, for example, if you are running a doctors surgery the report will show all the appliances in each room, e.g. all the equipment in the reception area, everything in the admin office, everything in each doctors room, and so on. 

Each item tested is assigned its own unique ID number, of which it will be the only one ever with that number in our database, for reference later; that number displays in the report and you can cross-reference it to the appropriate appliance in the room. 

Some PAT Certificates show an expiry date; this is actually not a recommended procedure but can be useful as a guide for how often testing should be carried out. 

The certificate is a document; we call it the PAT Testing Certificate Report to minimise confusion; the report consists of:

  • The front cover
  • The generic guidance document 
  • The PAT testing Certificate
  • The itemised PAT Testing detailed report
  • The itemised Fails report
  • Photographs of any major fails
example of a pat testing certificate

How to get a PAT test Certificate

To get a PAT testing certificate you will need us to come to your place of work, or home, depending on what the equipment is used for, for us to inspect and test your electrical appliances to confirm they are safe. When we have done our inspections we will be able to provide you with a certificate. We don’t issue the certificate before leaving your site; that is done at our office and emailed to you as a pdf report. 

We get a lot of calls from people who want a PAT testing certificate, but they expect us to just send them one. That’s not possible without having first tested the appliances the certificate is for, which is what do.

So we need to arrange to visit your home or workplace to test your electrical appliances after which we will provide you with an itemised report and overall certificate. It is actually the itemised report and any guidance we can give you for improving safety that is important, not the actual certificate (which doesn’t really do much if we’re honest). 

PAT testing is a serious business – inspecting and testing electrical equipment to confirm it is safe is an essential part of any health and safety policy that shouldn’t be taken lightly. We can’t just give you a certificate; we need to actually test your equipment first. 

There’s a couple of images below that show good examples of our PAT testing Certificate and a part of an itemised report. 

Do I need a PAT test certificate?

Anytime between 3 months and 60 months

It depends on the appliance, it’s use, the environment it is used in and other factors. Carrying out a risk assessment is the best way to determine how long a PAT test certificate lasts. 

PAT testing frequency has been a much discussed topic in the industry for a long time; some feel that some appliances are tested too often, and others not enough but the main reason for confusion is a lack of understanding. Guidance tells the engineer the customer is responsible for deciding and the customer thinks the engineer should guide them. 

As an example, IT equipment in an office should be tested every 4 years if you follow guidance to the letter, with an inspection every 2; but in some offices this would be far too long between tests. Each job has to be taken on its own merits and a risk assessment performed, either by the customer, or as competent engineer. 

How long does a PAT Testing Certificate last?

Yes… if there is ever an electrical accident or fire at work, the investigators are going to want assurance that you have done everything possible to ensure that the faulty appliance was safe – a PAT test certificate would do that. If you don’t have a certificate it would be very hard for you to confirm that your equipment was safe. 

How much is a PAT Test Certificate?

A PAT test certificate is issued after PAT testing is carried out; pat testing costs as little as £1.00 per item; sometimes even less than that, but sometimes more. It depends very much on the job in hand, including variants like the location and the number of appliances that need testing. 

Do you get a Certificate for PAT testing?

Yes… we issue a certificate as a PDF document to every client who we do PAT testing for, no matter whether you have only one appliance or tens of thousands. 

How much is a house PAT test certificate?

When we do PAT testing in rental properties for landlords we tend to charge a fixed rate for the property, depending on its size and the amount of equipment we will be expected to test, and possibly repair. The best thing to do is contact us for a price, or check out our landlords pat testing page for more information. 

Can I do my own PAT test Certificate?

If you have done some PAT testing training there is no reason why you can’t test your own equipment and issue yourself a certificate, although we would question the ethics of doing so and surely you’d want an independent opinion. Also, testing your own equipment is a costly business. You need to pay for training (and take time out to do it); buy PAT tester machines, labels, tools, have the time to actually do it, buy the software to produce just one certificate a year. All in you could spend anywhere from a thousand pounds upwards – will it really be worth it? 

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