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iRed Category 1

4-Day Foundation Course

The iRed Category 1 course is designed to deliver the fundamental skills and knowledge required for undertaking basic thermography. The course is aimed at those who don’t require a formal, intermationally recognised qualification.


  • 4-day course requiring no previous experience
  • Designed for quick competency and practice
  • Shares course contents with PCN Category 1
  • Conforms to ISO 18436 standards
  • Industry-recognised and developed in-house

Who Should Attend

  • Those new to industry with no previous experience
  • Those who don’t require an accredited qualification

Course Outcomes

  • How to correctly set-up a thermal imaging camera

  • How to process and undertake basic analysis of thermal images

  • Understand the uses and applications of thermography

  • Understand the principles of infrared thermography

  • Learn how to process a thermal image

Course Instructors

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.

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Further Information

Course Details

Conforming to industry standards, the iRed Category 1 course serves as an unaccredited alternative to our other foundation courses – the PCN Category 1 and ABBE Certificate. This in turn makes it ideal for those looking to gain quick experience and competency without having to be extensively assessed like other thermographic qualifications. As this course has been developed in-house at the iRed Academy, the assessment criteria is significantly more accessible for those new to the industry.

Course topics include thermographic principles, camera operation, condition monitoring, data analysis and the production of reports and documentation to ISO standards.

Which Course Is For Me?

For those wanting a highly recognised qualification to assist in offering thermography as a professional service, it is suggested that delegates attend the PCN Category 1 course. However, as the iRed Category 1 course conforms to ISO 18436 standards, delegates can choose to sit the PCN Category 1 exam within a year of course completion, only costing the difference.

Delegates interested in looking at domestic properties and undertaking Home Quality Mark thermographic inspections should consider the ABBE Certificate course (ISO 6781 Certified).

Assessment Criteria

Delegates are issued with the iRed Category 1 qualification after successfully completing the course and submitting 3 thermographic reports to the iRed Academy for assessment.

iRed Academy Awarding Body

£1250 + VAT

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



CPD Hours

Awarding Body
iRed Academy

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