In: PAT Testing

A PAT test certificate is issued after the completion of a PAT test; the importance of having a PAT test certificate is that it secures clients with maximum safety and protection. It is advised that properties obtain a PAT test certificate because a certificate is proof that a PAT test has been completed in the property. A PAT test certificate is typically thorough and includes a detailed report stating which appliances, if any, have failed and/or passed (results).

A PAT test certificate is only to be offered by an approved NICEIC/ECA registered engineer who is “competent”, this means as well as obtaining a City and Guilds 2377 qualification the engineer should regularly carry out this type of work, thus being able to produce accurate results in the PAT test certificate which results in maximum safety of the property.

A PAT test certificate consists of details of the inspection which include:

• The name and address of where the PAT test was completed
• The name and address of the PAT test engineer, or, his/hers companies name and address.
• The PAT test expiry date which is usually six or twelve months.
• An authorised signature

Please note that the PAT test certificate does not include details of individual appliances tested, this may only be included in the PAT test detailed report, which is not always issued.

A PAT test certificate is an official paper of proof that shows whether the property being tested is safe. Labels are also attached to each appliance to show whether the appliance has failed or passed the PAT test, although these are not as important as obtaining a certificate.

Along with the PAT test certificate there should generally be a written report detailing all failed appliances and advice on what action should be taken in order for the property to pass a PAT test. The risk of not having a PAT test or a recent PAT certificate is that the property’s insurance could be void and any accidents or injuries could result in suing the property owner.