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“PATTA” is raising standards through representing the industry; supporting and guiding members

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The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association (“PATTA“) represents the “PAT” testing industry, and the people who operate in it. “PATTA” is not a regulator of the industry and is not trying to be; it is not a competency accreditor and doesn’t check it’s members are competent to PAT test.

PATTA operates to improve the standards of the industry, by representing it at important meetings and fighting for change on things like training, guidance, etc. PATTA has members from all backgrounds including brand new industry entrants to highly experienced electrical engineers, and welcomes members from all backgrounds. Only by us all working together can progress be made. 

The main aim of The Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association is to raise the standards in the industry by improving the support, training and qualifications available to it. Doing all this is a long road, but by getting ourselves on all kinds of panels is certainly helping the cause.

Now, when discussions are taking place, that affect them, front line, “PAT” operatives are being represented – that’s never happened before. The industry has been represented at Parliamentary meetings, discussions with the Department of Trade and Industry, British Standards, Electrical Safety First, the IET, and many more.

PATTA had major involvement in the writing and production of the latest Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, giving a voice for the people who are testing portable electrical equipment (fitted with plugs) every day. Being involved in the 5th Edition was very important to us, and being involved in it places us in a good position to provide you with independent help in understanding how the changes affect you. Check out our blogs for updates.

Now that the “COP” has been published we’ve already started making progress on our next big project, although for now what that is really is TOP SECRET! Unfortunately it could be some time before we can tell you about it, but trust us when we say it is very exciting and huge for our industry.

It is our aim, as we develop, and the respect government panels show in us, will filter down so the PATTA logo is seen as a logo of professional standards, that our members can be proud to wear. We think they already are, and PATTA Members are expected to operate to the same professional working standards that PATTA expects of its members.

PATTA members know that a good reputation makes for a good business which leads to more happy customers

PATTA members also know that the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association is creating a reputation that standards matter to them; their members have standards and the fact that they have joined up to support PATTA’s work shows that they value industry standards being improved.

You can help PATTA do it’s work by joining as a member. When you display the PATTA logo your customers will see you have standards, and see that you are part of something with added value. When you join PATTA your small fee goes a long way to helping us do our work.

When you join PATTA you get your company details on the member’s directory so other members can find you, may be even potential customers too. You also get discounts off labels, calibration and software, plus the respect of fellow members who may even choose to work with you – you also get access to our exclusive members only Facebook group.

You can join over 100 active members who have opted to join and support the work the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association is doing.

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PATTA is not a regulator

We just have to clear this up; we seem to get a lot of criticism on social media – who do they think they are? etc. People accusing us of this and that. Some people don’t like change, some people don’t like others raising standards, some don’t want a regulator – we actually think a regulator for the industry would be a good idea, but it’s not us. That’s not what we are trying to achieve. 

Just to be clear. PATTA is NOT a regulator, nor does intend to be.  PATTA gets a lot of stick on social media channels because it doesn’t accredit, inspect or regulate its members; that’s because we don’t need to. PATTA is not a regulator, and is not currently trying to be; we have not set up PATTA to be a regulator or to become one and we don’t need to regulate members. What we do we can do with or without members, although we would always prefer to have members backing us and supporting us.

PATTA is a group of people providing a voice for the small businesses opertating in our industry because we feel that that is important and necessary. 

Those same people that slate us are the ones we are trying to help; but we can’t help them if they are not prepared to help themselves a little bit. PATTA isn’t about getting hundreds of members or to make money, we’re doing this for the good of our industry and members should want to be involved or want to support what we are doing – our members have standards of their own and they agree to our working standards.

We all have a vested interest in PATTA proving a success because we all have PAT testing businesses; we wouldn’t do it otherwise. 

But we are not here to regulate; we volunteer our time to do this – we don’t take a wage out of the business, only costs are covered. The benefit to us is our industry, our companies, the job we do, being taken seriously. 

If you want to compare us to something, plenty do, don’t compare us to the NICEIC or NAPIT, as that is not what we are about, compare us to the e5 group, who are probably the closest the electrical industry has to what we are. 

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