Entertainment power courses lay ‘PAT testing’ to rest

New professional training which provides the very latest guidance on the In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (ISITEE) – including why the term ‘PAT Testing’ should now be considered a thing of the past – has been announced.

Presented by James Eade, the UK’s leading expert on electrical power safety for entertainment environments, the hugely popular JET 2377 courses will be available in Bristol on 15-16 February and again on 17-18 May 2023.

The course brings attendees up to date with the important changes introduced by the revised 5th edition of the IET Code of Practice on In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, written by James himself. Among the major developments that everyone should be aware of is that what was commonly called ‘PAT testing’ – the process of inspection and checks on equipment while in-service – is now out of date, replaced by the latest guidance.

Designed by James Eade, the two-day course is aimed at increasing understanding of the need for a holistic approach to the management of electrical equipment in the workplace – as well as the practicalities of actually doing so.

The course focuses squarely on the entertainment and events industry but can be tailored for other industries. It puts the IET guidance and requirements in the Code of Practice into a context that will make sense to (and prove invaluable to) anyone with responsibility for electrical equipment and systems – including rental companies, technicians, freelancers and venue managers alike.

Of the JET 2377 courses, James said: “We’re seeing increased competition in the events and entertainment marketplace, with properly skilled crew in ever-greater demand. Because of this, the need for best practice in electrical systems has never been greater. Having the latest knowledge and reliable equipment ensures not only peace of mind, but optimum safety and performance for all concerned.”

James, who trained almost 500 professionals in event, touring, theatre, film and television during 2022 alone, is also chairman of the British Standard 7909 committee, which deals with the management of temporary electrical systems for events.