Inspection and Testing (incl certification and reporting) – Level 3

Start Date: 07 September 2020
Funding information: Course costs apply.
Duration: 5 days
Attendance: Part-time

Course Overview

This award provides an understanding of the theory and practice involved with the: initial verification and commissioning, and periodic inspection, testing and condition reporting, of both single and three phase electrical installations.

It is aimed at practicing electricians who wish to gain a qualification in periodic inspection and testing as well as initial verification of new systems.

The award follows BS 7671 and the Industry recognised IETGuidance Note 3 and the Best Practice Guides from Electrical Safely First.

Course Content

The course covers:

  • Requirements for completing the safe isolation of electrical circuits and installations
  • Requirements for inspecting, testing and recording the condition of electrical installations
  • Requirements for completing the periodic inspection of electrical installations
  • The differences between periodic inspection and initial verification
  • Requirements for the safe testing of electrical installations which have been placed in service
  • Requirements for testing before circuits are energised
  • Requirements for testing energised installations
  • Understanding and interpreting test results
  • Requirements for the completion of electrical installation condition reports and associated documentation
  • Confirming safety of system and equipment prior to completion of inspection and testing
  • Carry out inspection of electrical installations
  • Testing electrical installations in service
  • Producing a condition report with recorded observations and classifications

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for the qualification. You must be over the age of 16.

Assessment Methods

    The qualification is assessed by a mixture of on-screen exams and practical assessments. The qualification is not graded and the learner may only achieve a pass.

    The qualification assessments are open book and the learner will require IET Guidance Note 3.


Completion of this course could lead to:

  • EAL Level 3 Award in the -in-service inspections and testing of electrical equipment (PAT)
  • EAL Level 4 Award in the design and verification of electrical installations
  • A career in the electrical sector, and further study