Most of these are actual questions that have been asked about the course recently.  Some editing has removed irrelevant content. The original emails are available on request.

Q) Is it essential to do a nationally accredited course to test and tag?

A) Under the new WHS legislation code of practice issued by Safe Work Australia there is a clause on page 18 under the heading COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR THOSE CARRYING OUT INSPECTION AND TESTING OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT. Here is the reply I received from Safe Work Australia when I requested clarification:

The model Code of Practice: Managing electrical risks in the workplace provides guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking to help them meet the WHS regulatory requirements. The code states:

‘Inspection and testing of electrical equipment must be carried out by a competent person who has the relevant knowledge, skills and test instruments to carry out the relevant inspection and testing. The person carrying out any testing of electrical equipment should also be competent to interpret the test results of any equipment they use. For example, a person carrying out testing under AS/NZS 3760:2010 must be:

  • a licensed or registered electrician (whichever applies), or
  • in some jurisdictions, a licensed electrical inspector, or
  • a person who has successfully completed a structured training course and has been deemed competent in the use of a pass-fail type portable appliance tester and the visual inspection of electrical equipment.’

in addition to that, the explanation went on with:

The link to the Code of Practice I sent was from the ACT legislation register.  The Safe Work Australia Model Code of Practice for Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace was adopted in full by the ACT jurisdiction and the Code of Practice has been approved under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (ACT) as a Notifiable Instrument.

This means that should a matter go to court, whilst the code of practice is not law, it will be used on an evidentiary basis to determine what reasonably practicable measures could have been taken by a PCBU (person conduction a business or undertaking) in determining whether or not they have met their safety duty under the Act.

Additionally, given that the Code of Practice has been approved in the ACT jurisdiction under the Act, an Inspector may direct a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking to rectify an issue to the standard of the Code of Practice.  For example, they may direct a PCBU to comply with the recommendations within an Approved Code of Practice.

Q) I'm interested in doing the course, how do I apply?

A) All enrollment forms are available on our website, or you can send an email to [email protected] and all the information you need will be sent to you.

Q) How is the assessment done?

A) Both theory assessments are Word documents. They are open book with multichoice answers. The practical assessment is done using Skype, where the student demonstrates competency in using the Portable Appliance Tester to the facilitator. If Skype is not available the student can use a video camera and do a “selfie”, or have an assistant film the process. There is a very comprehensive check list of what to film and the questions to be addressed in the instructions. The facilitator is always available before the assessments for additional training if needed, but this has very seldom been needed.

Q) I live in a remote area and don't have access to a webcam

A) we have a box of them and will send you one on loan

Q) I have difficulty reading and writing, can I do the course?

A) no problem

  • All lessons are either videos or Powerpoint presentations with voice-over
  • Except for one question all  theory assessments are multichoice. You may have an assistant to read for you and write the one answer provided you show this on the paper. The only criteria is you UNDERSTAND what you are doing
  • The practical assessment is the main one, and it is face to face on Skype with no writing involved
  • I recommend for the tags you use stick on tags such as the Avery 65 per sheet, that way you can print all of the information on the tag and it looks more professional.

Q) With regards to the Online Test and Tag training course are there any contact hours, if so when and how many?

A) There are no actual contact hours.  All training is done online. The two theory papers are Word documents which are completed, signed and returned to easytest. The practical test is done using Skype if it is available or videoing yourself using a check sheet and either mailing it or using dropbox.

Q) Is it suitable for Queensland?

A) The course is nationally accredited through www.time.net.au training based in Adelaide.

Q) Do you have record keeping software?

A) Yes easytest has an Excel spreadsheet which is available on request during the training or automatically received if you purchase one of the easytest range of Portable Appliance Testers.

Q) Just to make sure.... Will I be charged an extra $100 for using a seaward 3760plus II?

A) This is in the agreement but has never been enforced.  I am familiar with most testers and this clause was inserted in case I had to give a special class. I have never had to do this.

Q) I would like to do the online course, how long does it take to organise to do it? I would like to do it as soon as possible?

A) The course is running continuously and you can enroll anytime and do the assessment at any time you are ready. Go to our training page and print the forms or send an email to [email protected] and the forms will be sent to you. When they are signed and payment organised you will be sent a link to the videos which are hosted on the easytest website.

Q) I would like to start a training course, I would also to purchase the easy test TRADIE Kit?

A) Go to our training page and print the forms or send an email to [email protected] and the forms will send you all the information you need and links to further information. The information will include an order form which includes both the course and our range of our appliance testers. Also note if you enroll for the training and purchase one of our premium range of portable appliance testers you receive a discount of $150 on the PAT. also if you enroll 2 or more people you get a 10% discount on all

Q) Can you send me the info, course time frame etc?

A) There are about 4 hours of video to be studied, plus practice time. The accreditations take another couple of hours. If you do the course in a classroom it is done either  in one day or 3 days, depending on the type of course (nationally accredited through an RTO or not). While some people have done it online in one day, I would recommend  allowing a week because:

  • life tends to get in the way
  • one of the biggest advantages of doing it on line is the ability of doing it in your spare time, so you do not loose money because you had to loose a full day of work
  • if you are doing it at work you are available for emergencies, so interruptions are inevitable

Q) where do i find the forms to enroll

A) The forms are on our website on the )n Line Training page. Follow the instructions to download, complete and return to easytest. If you have a problem send an email to [email protected] they will be sent to you.

Q) Can I buy the equipment from you or can I just get it from a regular electrical wholesaler

A) We manufacture a range of portable appliance testers here in Adelaide and proudly display the Australian Made logo. While any PAT will do most of the testing you require, the videos of course feature our product. We did have arrangements with wholesalers, but found it to be unsatisfactory for a range of reasons, so now we only sell directly or through a couple of other training organisations.

Q) Do I need to buy the test equipment first?

A) You will need an appliance tester of some sort to do the practical assessment.

Q) My name is XXXXX and I was wondering if you have to be trade qualified to become qualified in the test and tag. If you don't have to be qualified to do test and tag I would like to learn to do this, so I would be able to start my own business?

A) No, there is no need to be a qualified tradie to do testing and tagging, a nationally accredited course such as ours will qualify you. Check with local authorities if you need any other qualification to do it professionally. Regulations may differ in different States.

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