NONM0792A Test and Tag Using a Portable Appliance Tester (PAT)

This short course provides training in the inspection and testing of single phase portable electrical appliances as well as single phase extension cords using a PAC 3760 Plus Portable Appliance Tester.  Equipment found to be in safe working order is then tagged to comply with current Australian Standards. This enables employers to meet duty of care obligations under current state legislation.

This course includes the testing of simple 240V items such as:

  • Portable Appliances
  • Extension leads
  • Computers
  • Powered hand tools
  • Portable RCDs

People with this qualification work in areas such as construction, manufacturing, mining, maintenance, equipment hire, accommodation and stores management.

This course does not include repair of appliances or cords, or testing of 3 phase appliances.

Participants will learn:

  • The methods that are used to reduce the risk of fire and electric shocks in electrical appliances.
  • About the effects of electric shock on the body.
  • To test electrical appliances, identify insulation resistance and earth continuity faults using a portable appliance tester.
  • To apply the requirements of AS3760 to their workplace situation.
  • Tag tested cord connected apparatus and cord assemblies and document testing activities.

Please Note:

  • Courses will only proceed with sufficient numbers.
  • This unit is non accredited training and is recognised in Tasmania only, the certificate is not portable interstate. The course has been developed in conjunction with Electricity Standards & Safety (ESS).

Location, dates and times


Before commencing your enrolment over the phone:

For all phone enrolments – Unique Student Identifier (USI) or proof of identity (50 points)  must be provided before any enrolment can proceed – see the list below – e.g.

  • Birth Certificate (70 points),
  • Passport (70 points),
  • Driver’s Licence (40 points),
  • Centrelink Concession Card (40 points)
  • Financial Institution Card/s (40 points)
  • Medicare Card (20 points)

When attending a campus you must bring your proof of ID with you.

Please Note:   Courses will run subject to reaching minimum class numbers.  Payment confirms your place in a class.

Please be aware that if you wish to continue into any further accredited study you will need a USI.
To create a USI, visit the Government USI Website and follow the prompts.

Campbell Street Campus, Level 5
2 days  – 8am to 4pm

  • 22 & 27 March 2020
  • 24 April & 1 May 2020
  • 22 & 29 May 2020
  • 19 & 26 June 2020
  • 24 & 31 July 2020
  • 21 & 28 August 2020
  • 18 & 25 September 2020
  • 23 & 30 October 2020
  • 13 & 20 November 2020
  • 11 & 18 December 2020

Alanvale Campus, Block B
2 days  –  Monday & Tuesday – 9am to 4.30pm

  • 6 & 7 April 2020
  • 11 & 12 May 2020
  • 29 & 30 June 2020

Burnie Campus, Room D1.56, D Block
2 days  –  Monday & Thursday – 8am to 4.30pm

  • 25 & 28 May 2020
  • 27 & 30 July 2020
  • 21 & 24 September 2020
  • 23 & 26 November 2020

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

2020:   $407 per person.  A concession rate is not available for this course.
Course prices for single employer groups are negotiable.

Funding assistance may be available from the Tasmanian Building & Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB) for those that qualify under eligibility criteria. For more information see the TBCITB website.

What will I need to bring?

Students should bring the following:

  • Pen
  • Notebook
  • Closed shoes (steel caps are compulsory in Burnie as the classroom is located within a workshop)
  • Sensible workshop clothing

You may bring your own Portable Appliance Tester (PAT) if it is compliant with current standards.

Work Placement, Licensing and Other Requirements

This course does not give you a licence or licence number, however the document number on your certificate is the number you will use on your tags. Please contact us for further details.

Essential Requirements

There are no essential requirements for this course. Please note, you do not need to be an electrician to participate in this course, however the course will only teach you to test for safety, not to conduct repairs or functional testing.


Contact us today to find out if this is the right course for you.

Student Support

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