Can I Test My Own Equipment?
Yes, and this should not be viewed as a second rate option – it can actually breed electrical safety in the workplace and in many instances can save you money.
You do not need any electrical qualifications to test and tag portable electrical equipment as under the New Zealand Electrical Regulations test and tag is not a ‘prescribed’ activity. However, to be able to test your own or your company’s appliances you will need:
- ‘Competency’ training & assessment – not just ‘product training’ from someone who sells testers
- An accountable and auditable records
- Testing equipment for the ‘Competent Person’ to use – PAT Testers have been especially designed for the ‘Competent Person’
- A testing system which will stand up to auditing for OSH/WorkCover purposes
- Ongoing support and back up
Each workplace is unique and as such training packages and testing equipment supplied by Metrotest will be geared to best suit your workplace.
Following the success of courses we have run at individual companies and for nationwide groups, we now offer courses which individuals can enrol on (Open Courses) and these are available all around New Zealand and Australia. During these courses you will receive:
- Training to specific industry requirements & AS/NZS3760
- Extensive testing knowledge from comprehensively trained tutors with many years of experience in the classroom and in the field – they don’t just know the theory, they know the work environment
- Comprehensive tuition on Visual and Mechanical inspection techniques
- Practical hands on time with equipment and testers with friendly trainers
- Information and extensive knowledge and expertise learnt from working in the Test & Tag industry for over 15 years.
- Training record with an individual Competency Assessment, course manual and photo ID card.
No previous knowledge of electricity is required to participate in a training course, but we do conduct an individual assessment at the end of the course on each person being trained for ‘Competency’ – it’s not just a ‘turn up and get a certificate’ course. To find out more about training and PAT testers see:
Remember safety should be compulsory, not optional. You can afford to test – give us a call