Do I really need to attend a PAT testing Course?

The Health and Safety at Work Act, together with the Electricity at Work regulations are quite clear in that you need to be competent to carry out any kind of work with electricity. Now there are clearly defined qualifications that you need to hold if you want to work as an electrician (wiring on buildings etc) but there is no 'official' qualification needed to carry out PAT Testing. Most insurance companies and official bodies would expect to see some evidence of professional training and experience - this is what our course provides. Some people carry out PAT testing after reading books or watching a video, but there is no substitute for hands-on training on a professionally run, practical based course.