ABBE Certificate 2017-09-19T16:33:01+00:00

ABBE Certificate

Domestic Building Thermography

£2080 + VAT

5-Days | 35 CPD Hours

The ABBE Certificate course assumes no previous experience with thermal imaging, and has been designed to give delegates the necessary knowledge and practical skills to set up in business as a residential infrared thermographer.


  • 5-day course requiring no previous experience
  • Designed to teach domestic thermography
  • Features practical assessments throughout
  • Developed to meet ISO 6781 standards
  • Awarded by ABBE


This course uses our core foundation module (as found in the iRed Category 1 and PCN Category 1 courses) plus an additional days training in the construction and pathology of houses. As such, it includes a practical surveying excercise where delegates prepare for, carry out and report on a thermographic survey of a local building.

The ABBE Certificate course is ideal for those with built environment experience, who are looking to add thermography to their portfolio of services. Course topics include thermographic principles, camera operation, condition monitoring, domestic thermography, data analysis and the production of reports and documentation to ISO standards.


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 Certificate - Building Thermography
ABBE Certificate - Building Thermography
ABBE Certificate - Building Thermography
ABBE Certificate - Building Thermography


• Principles of Infrared Thermography
• How to Correctly Set Up An IR Camera
• How to Process a Thermal Image
• The Uses and Applications of Thermography
• Basic Analysis of Thermographic Images
• Understanding Corrective Actions

• Domestic Property Construction
• Pathology of Domestic Property
• Thermographic Survey Workflow
• Understanding Codes and Standards
• Understanding Diagnostics and Prognostics
• Reporting and Documentation to ISO Standards


After successful completion of the ABBE Certificate course, delegates are required to submit a portfolio of evidence that includes thermographic survey reports on 3 different properties. As such, the time it takes to complete this qualification varies on a case-by-case basis. Once your portfolio of evidence has been successfully assessed by the iRed Academy, delegates will be awarded with the ABBE Certificate in Domestic Infrared Thermography (NQF Level 3).

iRed Building Survey
Price £2080 + VAT
Level Foundation
Duration 5 Days
Qualification ABBE Certificate (Level 3)
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? 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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