Thermography Category 1 Course

Industry-recognised thermal imaging qualification from the iRed Academy.

4 Days
£1400 ex. VAT
Hampshire, United Kingdom


Thermal imaging course approved by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and conforming to the BS EN ISO 18436 standard.

The Thermography Category 1 (also known as a Level 1 or Foundation course) is a thermal imaging course for those looking to become a certified thermographer. The four day course teaches delegates how to operate a thermal camera, process a thermal image and undertake infrared reporting.

The course is accredited by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and conforms to the BS EN ISO 18436 standard for thermal imaging. As such, it’s one of the most recognised qualifications within industry.

Ideal for beginners and those with little experience, the Thermography Category 1 course requires no thermal imaging equipment. All training materials will be provided for the duration of the course, including training manuals and daily lunch & refreshments.

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Interest-free finance is available for this course.

Professional Accreditation
This course is accredited by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing

ELCAS Approved
Servicemen can receive financial contribution for this course

Course Content

Day 1

• Thermal Camera Set-Up
• Thermal Camera Operation
• Thermal Camera Calibration
• Basics of Infrared Thermography

Day 2

• Thermal Image Processing
• Practical Exercises
• Condition Monitoring
• Basic Fault Detection

Day 3

• Professional Practice
• Emissivity, RAT and IFoV
• Thermal Imaging Best Practice
• Reporting and Documentation

Day 4

• Applications of Thermal Imaging
• Course Revision Session
• Final Examination

Course content is subject to change

Course Details

Thermal imaging cameras are not point-and-shoot. Many factors, such as ambient surroundings and camera settings, can affect the final image. This is one of the reasons why thermal imaging training is important. It’s one of the best ways to avoid common mistakes and create accurate and actionable reports.

Approved to industry standards, the Thermography Category 1 course gives delegates a functional foundation in infrared thermography. The four day course includes both theoretical and practical exercises, delivering a well-balanced training experience that’s relevant to current commercial needs.

Suited for beginners and those with little experience, the Thermography Category 1 course teaches delegates to use infrared cameras to inspect surface temperatures, monitor heat transfer and find faults associated with heat loss or gain. During the course, delegates will also have the opportunity to try out the latest thermal imaging cameras and equipment.

In addition to teaching the fundamental skills and knowledge required to deliver thermal imaging as a service, the course will touch on the various applications of thermography, including building thermography and electrical thermography.

Successful completion of the course will enable delegates to become certified thermographers within industry, enabling them to start offering thermal imaging as a professional service.

This course requires no previous thermal imaging experience or equipment.

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

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

iRed is an industry-leading thermal imaging consultancy and training centre, providing specialist thermal imaging surveys and accredited infrared training across the UK and worldwide.

In operation before thermal imaging had been accepted as a mainstream inspection tool, iRed has always used the latest techniques, technologies and industry practices to deliver thermal analysis solutions for a variety of clients within commercial, industrial and scientific industries.

iRed works closely with leading education institutions including the University of Portsmouth and Coleg Cambria. In doing so, the team has been able to pioneer new techniques and practices for industry. This has led to iRed being accredited by both the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and the Awarding Body of the Built Environment.

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.

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For those interested in a taster session before attending a level 1 thermography course, our one-day introduction to thermography course is available.

If you wish to attend a foundation course after attending the introduction to thermography, we’ll take the cost of the course off of your chosen Category 1 course.

As a registered ELCAS provider (No. 4646), servicemen can receive financial contribution from the MoD to attend this accredited course. The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment, and is available for a maximum of three separate financial years.

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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 thermal imaging camera. All equipment for training will be provided for the duration of the course.

For an additional fee (+£300.00 ex. VAT) delegates can sit the optional PCN examination (accredited by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing) to become certified to the BS EN ISO 18436 standard. For more information, please call +44 (0)1243 370 296 or email [email protected]

“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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How to book

To book on a course, choose from the available dates and complete the booking form. During the booking form, you will be able to choose accreditation options, payment options (ELCAS, invoice or credit/debit card) and inform us of any dietary requirements.

Got questions about this course?

Contact our training team:

[email protected]
01243 370 296

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