Thermal Imaging for Drone Operators Course

Learn the basics of thermal imaging and infrared inspections.

3 Days
Hampshire, United Kingdom


Specialist aerial thermal imaging course for new and existing drone pilots.

The Thermal Imaging for Drone Operators course is designed specifically for commercial pilots who are new to using infrared cameras on drones. The introductory course will teach the pilot how to use infrared cameras on a drone and demonstrate how they can be used to conduct thermal imaging aerial surveys.

This thermal imaging course is ideal for existing drone pilots or those wishing to learn more about the correct use of infrared cameras, drone survey techniques, thermography and the interpretation of thermal images in order to expand their existing range of aerial commercial services.

The course provides an opportunity to try out the latest infrared cameras used for thermal imaging drone surveys and see a variety of the newest drone technology.

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Course Content

Day 1

• Basics of Thermal Imaging
• Thermal Camera Set-Up
• Thermal Camera Operation
• Thermal Drone Integration

Day 2

• Types of Infrared Cameras
• Applications of Infrared Thermography
• Drone Techniques and Work-flows
• Practical Exercises

Day 3

• Image Tuning
• Post-processing
• Course Revision Session
• Final Examination

Course content is subject to change

Course Details

There are major commercial advantages of using a thermal imaging camera on a drone. It gives drone operators the chance to offer additional services to a range of clients.

Thermal imaging cameras can be used to conduct aerial surveys of buildings, industrial plant, chimneys, heat vents, flare stacks and photovoltaic panels (solar panels). These cameras can also be vital in search and rescue operations, where they can help to locate missing persons.

There are many thermal imaging cameras available on the market, and they all have different features. Some of the models sold for drones are not suitable for certain tasks. The Thermal Imaging for Drone Operators course will help you to understand which camera is most appropriate for your requirements and budget. This will enable you to make an informed choice on purchasing or hiring the correct equipment for your thermal imaging aerial survey requirements.

Every thermal imaging camera requires setting up correctly according to the task you want it to perform. The course will go through the menu parameters to show you how to prepare an infrared camera for different tasks – covering everything from temperature range through to choice of colour pallet.

The course will also demonstrate how to care for your infrared camera, as the sensors on an infrared camera are very sensitive and can become damaged if not used correctly. As well as this, the lens is very delicate and must be cleaned carefully, using the correct materials and technique.

There are a number of techniques that can be used to conduct an aerial survey or search and rescue with a drone. The course will show you how to perform these tasks, whilst taking into account CAA regulations.

Infrared cameras capture temperature information in the form of thermal images, which can be read in different ways. They can also be read incorrectly. This course will show you how to interpret the thermal imaging data correctly, through proper camera set up and using thermal image analysing software.

On completion of this course, drone pilots will have the knowledge to set up a thermal imaging camera correctly, conduct an aerial thermal survey and interpret the captured thermal images and data.

This course has no specific entry requirements. It’s recommended that delegates have, or are working towards, gaining their Permissions for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the CAA.

iRed training courses are delivered by industry experts, each with many years of teaching experience.

Our instructors have delivered hundreds of accredited thermal imaging courses, seminars, workshops and presentations since 2002. Courses have been delivered to multi-national organisations, global brands, universities, local authorities and small businesses throughout the world.

By working closely with leading educational institutions such as the University of Portsmouth, we’re able to ensure our courses are are constantly up-to-date with the latest techniques and practices from industry.

To find out more about our instructors, visit

Assessment Criteria


Assessment by Exams

Students attending this course will need to complete a multiple-choice examination on their final day.

Further Information

Those attending the course are not required to own a drone or any remote sensors. All equipment for training will be provided for the duration of the course.

Any practical exercises (weather permitting) involving drone flying will be operated by our training instructors. As such, pilots are not required to hold Permissions for Commercial Operations (PfCO) for this course.

“Very good knowledge provided during the course and lots of information attained. The course very much exceeded expectations.”

Jamie Taylor, Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)

“Fantastic course, instructed by some of the most knowledgeable people in industry. Both theory based and vocational, it’s a great mix of both.”

Robert Wade, Condor Ferries

“Course thoroughly met our expectations and gave us great confidence in our ability to use and understand our thermal camera.”

Chris Davies, Eastwood Media

“The instructors were well informed, engaging and balanced the practical training with the theoretical training. Highly recommended to anyone seeking to improve their skills.”

Vasileios Sougkakis, University of Nottingham

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