ABBE Diploma 2017-06-16T14:45:57+00:00

ABBE Diploma

Commercial Building Thermography

Required: A foundation thermography qualification or equivilant.

£2460 + VAT

5-Days | 35 CPD Hours

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


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.


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.


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.


ABBE Diploma - iRed Training Course
ABBE Diploma - iRed Training Course
ABBE Diploma - iRed Training Course


• 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


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 Building Survey
Price £2460 + VAT
Level Advanced
Duration 5 Days
Qualification ABBE Diploma
Awarding Body ABBE
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer discounts on multiple delegates? 2017-01-24T11:09:51+00:00

Put simply, the more the merrier! The amount of discount we offer entirely depends on how many students you’re looking to put on one (or several) of our courses. If this is something you’re interested in, just get in touch and we’ll be able to give you a better idea of what savings you’d be looking at.

What should I bring? 2017-01-24T11:09:06+00:00

Just yourself – we supply everything from training manuals and pens to lunch and refreshments. Some delegates choose to bring their own thermal imaging cameras to apply knowledge from our lessons in real-time, however this is by no means a requirement! As independent specialists we have a wide range of cameras for you to try and test. This gives you the chance to experience a variety of different brands, allowing you to make an informed purchasing decision when the time is right.

What’s the difference between iRed, ABBE, PCN, ASNT and ITC qualifications? 2017-01-24T11:08:14+00:00

The main differences between the various different thermography qualifications available today is the associated assessment requirements, industry-recognition and their ability to fulfill scheme requirements such as providing a Home Quality Mark (ABBE Certificate) or a BREEAM credit (PCN Category 1 for data collection and PCN Category 2 for report analysis).

Thermography as an industry is rapidly growing, and new schemes and legislation are emerging as a response to increasing demand. It’s always a good idea to establish what you’re looking to do professionally and work out your required training from there. The team here at iRed are always happy to help, so if you need help finding the right course for you just give us a ring and one of our trained thermographers will be happy to guide you through our courses.

Are you accredited? 2017-06-28T12:15:36+00:00

Absolutely! We are a BINDT approved training organisation (ATO) and an ABBE approved assessment centre. Our trainers are all UKTA approved thermographers, and all of our courses are CPD certified. Successful completion of any of our advanced courses will meet the requirements for the UKTA database of approved thermographers. In addition to this, we operate a Quality Management System in accordance with BS EN ISO 9001:2015, demonstrating our commitment to quality.

Why do I need training? 2017-01-24T11:01:28+00:00

Thermal imaging cameras are not point-and-shoot. So many factors affect the output – including the nature of the subject, the ambient surroundings, the range of temperatures detected and even the choice of colour palette – that they are only useful in the hands of a trained thermographer.

How does a thermal imaging camera work? 2017-05-25T13:42:23+00:00

Rather than using a CMOS or CCD detector which records different levels of a range of visible light colours, a thermal imaging camera uses a microbolometer array to accurately measure levels of infrared radiation across a scene. This temperature data is then processed to produce a thermal image (known as “thermogram”), which can then be very precisely quantified or measured.

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