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Test & Tag Course Q & A
Answers to some common questions about our test and tag training course
Q After completing the course, will I be qualified to do test and tagging?
A There is no formal qualification or license required in Victoriato perform test and tagging . The course delivers the theoretical and practical skills required to help you become a competent person as defined in the Standard AS/NZS 3760. After that, all you need to do is build up some experience.
Q Do I need some form of electrical training or knowledge before doing the course?
A No. If you have some understanding of basic electrical circuit theory it would help but we go through this in the first session.
Q Why do I need to purchase a copy of the Standard AS/NZS 3760 prior to attending the course? Other courses don’t require this.
A As part of meeting the criteria of a competent person, you must have an understanding of the application and requirements of the Standard AS/NZS 3760 (as clearly stated in the Standard). During the course we will guide you through a number of key clauses contained in the Standard and help you understand how to correctly interpret and apply them so you can become a competent person.
Please note the Standard is a copyright protected document, therefore course providers can not legally provide you with copies or “extracts” of the Standard.
Q Do I get a certificate & license number on completion?
A We issue a certificate of completion only. In Victoria there is no formal registration process for people who test and tag.
Q Once I have done the course, how much will I need to spend on equipment to test and tag my appliances?
A It will depend on the type of appliances you expect to test and tag and the volumes involved.
For small volumes of appliances of a basic design, it could vary from a few hundred dollars for a digital multi-meter (DMM) to under a $1,000 for a semi-automated tester (PAT) .
For more complex appliances and larger volumes you could go up to $9,000 for a full kit with a fully automated PAT, tag printer, data storage, software, RCD tester etc.
Whilst a dedicated RCD tester is a good idea, many modern PATs have an RCD tester incorporated into their design.
As part of the course, we discuss some options for you based on what you expect to be doing.
Q Once I have done the course, can I test and tag other peoples appliances?
A Yes, provided you adhere to the requirements of AS/NZS 3760 and meet the definition of a competent person.
Keep in mind that when providing services to other people etc, you will be taking on a number of responsibilities and obligations, including some legal liabilities.
Also, you must make yourself fully aware of any local legislation and regulations, Codes of Practice etc that may apply in your State or Territory or for some industries.
Q Does the course cover how to fit plug tops and sockets to leads?
A No. If you want to learn this, we can go through this as an extra module.
Q Can you do a course for a private group?
A Yes. You will need a group of at least four people.
Q Can you provide training at other locations apart from your Wheelers Hill location?
A Yes. Give us a call to discuss your requirements.
Q Once I register, am I guaranteed to attend the course I nominate?
A Each course is dependent on a minimum number of people attending. In the event we don’t have sufficient numbers for the course you nominate, we will contact you and give you the option of a full refund or deferring to the next date.
Q Do you run courses on how to use portable appliance testers?
A Yes. We currently run short courses on how on AlphaPat and BetaPat machines and using these with Simply Pats software. These are typically two or three hour sessions and include lots of time saving tips to help improve your accuracy and productivity. Call us for details
Q How do I pay for the course?
A You have three options – Cheque, EFT, Credit Card
Q Is there a surcharge for paying by credit card?
A Yes. We apply a 2% surcharge. This is less than our processing costs.
Q How do I pay by credit card?
A Payments are processed by PayPal – simply click on the “Pay Now” button and enter your details.
Q What if I don’t have a PayPal account?
A When you see the first PayPal screen, select the option “Pay with a credit or debit card“. This appears just below the main user log in section in the first screen you see after clicking on the “Buy Now” button.
Q Is PayPal safe to use?
A We believe it is very safe. See this link for details about their security and safety advice
Q What about GST?
A We must apply 10% GST on course fees.