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wattsup

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I've been given a nice gift, a Seaward Europa Plus, don't know nothing about them so looked on ebay, it seems they are £757 new!
This one ain't new but in very good condition.

So I got to thinking, do you have to be 'trained' to do pat testing, legally I mean. Can't an already trained electrician just start pat testing, without paying yet another training fee?
Let's face it, it is not rocket science (no offence to pat testers)
I have turned a few jobs down over the years, but I now have the test equipment I may as well use it. Besides winters on its way -;)
 
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spark-doctor

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Once again this comes down to competency. Yes a electrician could argue that he is competent to carry out PAT testing and he would not be wrong but if you go on a 2377 course you do get taught a few tricks that i was not taught during my normal electrical training.

At the very least, get a copy of the IEE code of practice and have a good read.
 
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Shakey

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I agree, this is the same as the 2391/PIR situation.

I was PAT testing for 15-20 years before the 2377 came out. As long as you can interpret the code of practice, decide on FVI/CIT's etc, then like you say, its not rocket science. A lot of stuff doesnt get actually tested anyway!
 
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jonboy1

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go on the course, its not that expensive. Can make back the cost on your first string of tests. Then repeat every year. Steady but mind numbingly boring work!
 
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