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ABBE Diploma

5-Day Advanced Building Course

The ABBE Diploma is an advanced, competency based course for experienced thermographers looking to develop their existing thermographic skills whilst specialising further within the built environment.


  • 5-day course for experienced thermographers
  • Designed around surveying commercial buildings
  • Begin undertaking BREEAM thermographic surveys
  • Includes an overnight thermographic survey
  • Awarded by ABBE

Who Should Attend

  • Practicing thermographers with a foundation qualification (or equivalent)

Course Outcomes

  • Undertake advanced infrared image analysis and report writing

  • Understand the microbolometer infrared detector, RAT and temperature measurement

  • Undertake thermal imaging surveys for BREEAM Credit recommendation

  • Undertake thermal imaging Home Quality Mark surveys

  • Understand thermal indexing, the thermodynamics of buildings and commercial building elements

Course Instructors

Bruce Arnold CEng, FIMechE, MCIBSE is a PCN Category 2 thermographer and a senior trainer at iRed. As a chartered engineer, Bruce brings a wealth of experience to the team. In addition to his training role, Bruce is an active committee member of the UKTA, chairing the Building Thermography sub-committee.

Norman Walker was the chairman for the UKTA for several years, helping develop the PCN Category 1 and PCN Category 2 thermography training courses. He’s PCN Category 3 qualified, holds a masters degree in maintenance engineering & management and has authored several BINDT approved infrared thermography handbooks.

Ray Faulkner – founder of iRed Ltd – is an ex-airline jet captain with over 15 years of commercial flying experience. In addition to this, he is a CAA PfCO pilot and PCN Category 3 qualified. Ray currently sits on the BINDT CM working group, and is a committee member with BSI for ISO Standards involving thermography.

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Further Information

Course Details

This course meets the requirements of ISO 6781, and as such enables delegates to lead a team of thermographers in the surveying of residential, commercial and industrial buildings. The course is based on our advanced module, which has been designed to build upon previous thermography experience. Similar to the ABBE Certificate, this course requires delegates to produce a portfolio of evidence, along with sitting two external examinations.

The iRed Academy anticipates that delegates will bring their own infrared camera, surveying tools and personal protection equipment.

Course Contents

• Advanced Principles of Thermography
• The Microbolometer Infrared Detector
• IR Camera Operating Characteristics
• Reflected Apparent Temperature
• Target Resolution & Temperature Measurement
• Professional Practice
• Advanced Analysis of Thermographic Images
• Commercial Building Elements
• Continuity of Insulation Surveys
• Thermal Bridging Surveys
• Air Leakage Surveys
• Thermal Indexing
• Thermodynamics of Buildings
• Humidity, Moisture & Dampness


In the latest BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 technical manual (SD5076), it is possible to be awarded a BREEAM credit by conducting a thermal imaging survey of the building fabric by a qualified PCN Category 2 (Civil) / ABBE Diploma (NQF Level 4) thermographer.

Home Quality Mark

The Home Quality Mark is a national standard for new homes, which uses a simple 5-star rating system to provide impartial information from independent experts on a new home’s design, construction quality and running costs. The mark was developed by BRE, and is part of the BREEAM family of quality and sustainability standards.

The ABBE Certificate & ABBE Diploma qualifications meet all the criteria for providing the necessary knowledge and understanding for undertaking HQM thermographic inspections. Upon completion, learners will be fully prepared to demonstrate their ability to conduct highly professional thermographic surveys as part of their HQM assessment.

Assessment Criteria

Delegates must sucessfully survey a commercial property with an assessor, followed by submitting a portfolio of evidence (3 thermographic building reports) to the iRed Academy and sitting two externally assesed exams. The exams are arranged with iRed, and are included within the course fee.

Successful completion of the above will yield the ABBE Diploma in Built Environment Thermography (NQF Level 4).

iRed Academy Awarding Body

£2460 + VAT

Prices shown include tuition, course materials and daily lunch & refreshments.



CPD Hours

Awarding Body

Foundation Qualification (or equivalent)

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“Overall very happy with the course and the friendly, knowledgeable and accomodating iRed staff.”
Bruce Philip, Swansea University

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