Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 Course

Learn how to undertake thermal imaging surveys using a drone.

5 Days
£2040

Professional drone thermal imaging course conforming to the BS EN ISO 18436 standard.

The Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 Course is an industry recognised qualification that conforms to the ISO 18436 standard. It is designed specifically for commercial drone pilots who are new to using infrared cameras on drones. This comprehensive course is essential for drone pilots wishing to conduct photovoltaic (solar panel) surveys in order to conform with the BS EN ISO 62446-3 standard.

The Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 course is ideal for existing drone pilots or those wishing to gain an industry recognised qualification as a Category 1 Thermographer. Gaining this qualification makes you both more employable and valuable to clients, providing you with a commercial advantage over your competitors.

Qualified thermal imaging drone operators have the ability to offer additional services to a range of clients for conducting thermal inspections, solar panel inspections (photovoltaic) and search & rescue emergency response.

£2040.00

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What’s Included?

  • Daily Lunch & Refreshments

  • Theory Examination

  • Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 Qualification

  • No previous experience required

  • All equipment provided for the duration of the course

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Course Content

Day 1

• Selecting an Infrared Drone Camera
• Thermal Imaging Camera Set Up
• Calibrating Your Infrared Camera
• Basics of Infrared Thermal Imaging

Day 2

• Human Factors & Environmental Conditions
• Aerial Search & Rescue Techniques
• Drone Survey Techniques & Workflows
• Skyhooking & Mapping Flights

Day 3

• Multirotor Flights
• Fixed-Wing Flights
• Autonomous Drone Flight Considerations
• Software Considerations & Applications

Day 4

• Interpretation of Thermal Images & Data
• Job Costing & Deliverables
• Professional Reporting & Documentation
• Aerial Thermal Image Processing

Day 5

• Commercial Infrared Inspections with a Drone
• Applications for Aerial Thermal Imaging
• Course Revision Session
• Final multi-choice assessment

Course content is subject to change

Get ahead of the competition with additional accreditation.

Accreditation provides independent assurance that you’re not just qualified, but competent in operating a thermal imaging camera.

The Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 course is eligible for optional accreditation by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) to the BS EN ISO 18436 standard.

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Course Details

The Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 course includes all of the elements of the Aerial Payload Specialist Infrared Certificate and the Thermal Imaging Category 1 course. It expands upon the practical workflows, procedures and business applications. The comprehensive course will teach drone operators how to use thermal imaging as a professional tool both on the ground and in the air.

The course includes studying the principles of thermal imaging through the use of infrared cameras, including drone mounted, tripod mounted and hand held units.

Practical commercial applications include how to conduct electrical inspections, thermal building surveys, damp inspections, locate water leaks, photovoltaic inspections (solar farm inspections) and search and rescue.

This course uses examples to demonstrate the strengths and limitations of thermal technology, dispelling the myths surrounding this. Understanding how infrared camera technology works is a fundamental part of being able to use the thermal imaging equipment successfully, and a crucial aspect of being a skilled thermographer.

The course will look at the current thermal imaging drone cameras and aerial platforms available and matches them to the commercial application that is most suitable. Case studies are used to demonstrate the practical applications of different survey techniques that can be used with infrared cameras on a drone as well as on the ground.

A detailed study of the captured thermal images and any radiometric data using thermal image analysing software forms a large part of the post-production workflow. Drawing the correct conclusions from thermal data is an important aspect of thermal imaging.

Once a thermographic survey has been completed the client will want a report detailing the results of the thermal inspection. This needs to be presented in a format that is easy for the client to understand. The course will show you how to present the data to produce a meaningful report for your client.

The Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 course will give drone pilots the knowledge to use infrared cameras in the air as well as the ground for the collection of thermal image data.

Accreditation provides independent assurance that you’re not just qualified, but competent in operating a thermal imaging camera.

The Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 course is eligible for optional accreditation by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) to the BS EN ISO 18436 standard.

To obtain this accreditation, delegates will need to provide a ‘logbook of experience’ to BINDT for approval. A logbook of experience contains:

Proof of 16 hours a month of thermal imaging experience, totalling 192 hours for the year.

‘Thermal imaging experience’ can include time surveying, creating reports or self-study. A logbook of experience can also be back-dated.

Delegates will also need to sit a BINDT assessed thermal imaging exam, however this is included within the accreditation fee and completed at the end of your course.

Choosing an optional accreditation gives you an edge on your competitors, however it can take longer than a standard qualification, especially if you’re new to industry. To make this easier, we provide all delegates with an iRed Qualification upon successful completion of a course. This provides you with an industry-recognised qualification that you can use to advertise your new skills, which will help you to build your logbook of experience for accreditation.

This course requires no previous drone experience or equipment.

Successful completion of the Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 qualification requires delegates to pass an iRed examination and submit five aerial thermal imaging reports to the iRed Academy for assessment.

The iRed examination (multiple-choice) will take place on the last day of the course, and the five aerial thermal imaging reports can be submitted to the iRed Academy up to a year after course completion.

The Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 qualification can be used as evidence towards obtaining a Civil Aviation Authority Operating Safety Case for flying a drone in congested areas.

Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 is designed as a comprehensive course to gain an industry recognised qualification for thermal imaging, specialising in drone surveys. An introductory course on drone thermal imaging – the APS Infrared Certificate – is available for those who wish to have a more basic understanding of thermal technology and drones.

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