Portable Appliance Tester

PAT Tester


Project Overview
Action 21’s Re-Useful Centre accepts and sells donated goods to reduce the number of useful items going to landfill and to raise money for sustainability projects in the local community.  We receive many electrical donations which we need to test before reselling.

New volunteer PAT testers are given ongoing training, and their skills and learning are assessed regularly. Training leads to the opportunity to take a test and gain a nationally recognised certificate, which is presented to the volunteer after a further minimum of 20 shifts to ‘pay back’ the cost of the training.

Volunteer tasks

  • Sorting through electrical goods and completing visual inspections
  • Completing/training on the Portable Appliance Test procedure and function tests
  • Filling in the appropriate records and monitoring sheets
  • Cleaning goods ready for resale
  • Pricing and creatively displaying goods for sale.

Skills/previous experience sought

  • Excellent attention to detail; ability to follow detailed procedures and learn new information
  • PAT certificate or electrical skills are preferable.

Benefits of the role

  • Excellent work experience, especially for people pursuing a career in electrical or other similar practical jobs
  • Training and support is provided
  • A reference is provided on request, on satisfactory performance in role
  • We believe that volunteers should not be out of pocket for donating their time and effort and so we make a contribution to volunteers’ travel expenses
  • Tea, coffee, soup and biscuits are available
  • You’ll be part of the great team of Action 21 volunteers who volunteer at the charity’s Re-Useful Centre.

Times needed:

  • Mon-Sun
  • Volunteers usually commit to a minimum of one shift (9.30am-1pm, 1-4pm) but please speak to us about your circumstances are there is some flexibility.


  • The Re-Useful Centre

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