The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association

The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association2020-03-29T19:56:02+00:00

Raising standards through support and guidance for customers and engineers 

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What is the role of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association?

PATTA” is an association of people operating in the PAT testing industry who came together to raise standards by sharing best practice, ideas, solutions and problems.

PATTA’s main role today is representing the industry when it needs it most; at meetings, discussions and events where it is the topic, or on the agenda. When this association started there was no other bodies doing this, and we have made excellent progress. We now represent the board on the IET’s committee for the Code of Practice, and we have held discussions with the likes of British Standards, and the Department for Trade and Industry, to name but a few. 

The people who run PATTA are all volunteers, and the costs of what they do mainly comes out of their own pockets, which includes their expenses, their time, their time away from their own businesses, etc. The subs our members pay helps to cover some of these costs, and to cover the costs of running the association. 

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Making a difference through representation

The PAT industry is different to many others; there is no regulators, and minimal support or guidance; training opportunities are limited and the qualifications sub-standard. People that come into the industry are often making a fresh start on their career journey or working for national companies and being paid peanuts. Most people want to be able to provide a better service for their customers and to offer a higher standard of work, but due to the lack of regulation, training, support, guidance etc. and due to supposed ‘big’ companies driving down prices to win other business, their hands are tied. 

The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association was formed to try to change the industry; to raise standards by giving a voice to the industry and providing a platform where members can get help when they need it. 

PATTA – Raising Standards 

“PATTA” was formed by the joining of a group of people from within the industry, who are (slowly) making progress, by making an impression with the powers that be that inspection and testing of electrical appliances is important and should be taken more seriously. PATTA takes the issues to meetings with boards, trusts, government etc and fights for change. 

This is never going to be a quick process; PAT as it is now has been moving along the same path for around 50 years, so there are a lot of minds to convince but we know the importance of a properly supported industry. PATTA is working not just to convince others but in providing its own guidance and support to members as well as non-members and the public we hope to raise standards, from which the industry can build on. 

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PATTA – Connecting People

The best way to raise standards in an industry is to connect that industry; you may be in competition with your neighbour, but why not be friends too, maybe even help each other out so you can take on bigger projects. The PAT industry is broken in to 2 clear sides – the small business predominantly made up of one man bands doing smaller jobs trying to make a living, and larger companies taking up all the big jobs – those smaller companies need somewhere to talk, they need to be able to help and guide each other.

The associations’ Facebook group is the perfect place to do this; a quick dip in and out on your smart phone is enough to see what’s going on and ask questions when you have an issue. PATTA also offers the opportunity to network face to face with an annual meet-up which takes place at a central location on the last Friday in September every year. 

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