The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association

The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association
The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association2019-08-20T14:21:17+00:00

Do you want to help make a difference?

The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association needs your support. 

PATTA is a small group of people who have been beavering away in the background for a few years providing a voice for our industry in the places it matters most; in the rooms where decisions are made that affect it. PATTA representatives have met with government officials in Parliament, industry officials at the IET, City and Guilds, British Standards and many more. Discussions are going on all the time that have an affect on the PAT Testing industry, and not until PATTA came along did the people in the industry have appropriate representation. PATTA has people who like you, are at the sharp end, know what you face every day, who can best represent you. 

But PATTA can’t do it all without your help. The people who attend these meetings do so out of their own pocket, and so need your help. We’re not asking for money for wages or hotels, but to cover the costs of general bonafide business expenses like marketing and administration, so we don’t have to pay for those too. No-one in PATTA draws a wage, so you’re not paying for that; the money you pay as a subscription to be a Member of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association goes towards helping to run the business. 

In return, PATTA provides members with exclusive benefits and discounts including money off necessary purchases, document templates, support and guidance, and access to our exclusive online members only group. In addition PATTA runs 2-3 meet ups each year at different locations around the country, giving you an opportunity to meet fellow members and the PATTA steering group. 

All this and you can help PATTA to raise standards within our industry. 

If you join PATTA, you’ll help to enhance the name, and help us to help our industry grow. We’re working on the current Code of Practice, qualifications, training, guidance, etc. which all take time and money; this members association helps to cover the costs. 

As a thank you, we offer the PATTA branding, giving your customers the assurances that you meet PATTA’s working standards; branding that you can put on company documents, clothing etc. to show you are represented by a recognised association. 

There is currently no regulator to the PAT testing industry, perhaps one day PATTA will be it, but for now we offer guidance and support to you and your customers and the fact that we are the only PAT specific members association in the industry. 

If you’ve heard enough and are ready to join, join us here

PATTA is committed to Encourage, Educate and Implement Professional Standards

The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association is an organisation for people involved in the “In-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment” industry. The industry/service otherwise known as PAT testing employs hundreds of people in the UK; most of whom care passionately about the standards and importance of their work. 

As long as you’re a part of the industry you can apply to join; we get applications from employees, business owners, suppliers, manufacturers, even people who just want to know a bit more about PAT. 

PATTA” aims to support the people who are carrying out professional appliance testing services; these people who are dedicated to providing high standards to their customers. PATTA has working standards that all members are expected to adhere to. PATTA represents it’s members, whether they are individuals or companies.

PATTA, as an association, lobbies government, local authorities and other organisations to adopt high standards, and practices to raise standards in the industry. The long term aim is to create nationally recognised standards of operation for all people and companies operating in the industry.

PATTA is managed, day to day, by a Steering Group of 6 members. 

PATTA is currently involved in discussions with various UK organisations, including the Government, and is part of the panel currently updating the IET’s Code of Practice to a 5th edition.

PATTA Membership

Membership of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association is a great way to inspire confidence in prospective customers, as they need to know that their electrical equipment will be maintained to a safe standard. 

Membership of the association should be invaluable in helping you to access best practices, business support and guidance. Members of PATTA demand standards, which should inspire confidence in you from your customers. 

You can apply to become a member of PATTA via this website; if your application is acceptable you will be able to display the PATTA logo on your company documents. 

Why an association is important

Before “PATTA” came along the PAT testing industry had no-one to represent it; no one speaking for it – it had no voice. In an industry that is discussed in many many meetings, that is quite a shocking revelation. 

Meetings are happening all the time; in organisations and governments, discussions are being had that affect the work we do, how we do it, what we do, who does it, why its done, etc. etc. and until now those discussions have been held without any real representation for the industry. The association attends meetings that affect all our futures, and now presents a voice, not just a voice, but a powerful voice which is respected. 

The work we do, as a collective steering group, representing you, our members and our industry is important. We do it now, we were doing it before we had members and we’ll continue to do it, because we know it is important. We would be delighted to have your support. We ask for any people in the industry who want to be represented, who want their voice to be heard, to join us. In return for a small annual fee, we provide exclusive benefits, a website directory link and the opportunity to network with other “PAT testers”.