PCN Category 2 – Civil 2017-12-12T09:50:37+00:00

PCN Category 2

Civil Thermography

Required: PCN Category 1 qualification.

£1720 + VAT

5-Days | 35 CPD Hours

This course focuses on developing the skills and knowledge of practicing thermographers, and allows delegates to specialise in civil thermography.


  • 5-day course for experienced thermographers
  • Specialise in civil thermography
  • Begin undertaking BREEAM thermographic surveys
  • Experienced-based assessment lasting 1 year
  • Accredited by British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing


This course is based on our advanced module and is aimed at established thermographers with a foundation qualification or equivalent. The PCN Category 2 course allows delegates to further develop their theoretical understanding and practical ability with civil thermography, whilst gaining valuable insight into industry techniques and practices.


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 PCN Category 2 Civil qualification meets 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.


PCN Category 2 - Thermography Training Course from iRed
PCN Category 2 - Thermography Training Course from iRed
PCN Category 2 - Thermography Training Course from iRed
PCN Category 2 - Thermography Training Course from iRed


• 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
• Thermal Indexing
• Thermodynamics of Buildings


BINDT will issue the PCN Category 2 qualification once delegates have passed 2 exams and logged 12 months experience. Experience requires a minimum of 16 hours a month totaling 192 hours for the year. This experience is on top of the experience required for PCN Category 1.

iRed Building Survey
Price £1720 + VAT
Level Advanced
Duration 5 Days
Qualification PCN Category 2
Awarding Body PCN
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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? 2018-02-07T12:02:15+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. 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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