iRed is proud to be a registered ELCAS provider.

As a registered ELCAS provider, servicemen can receive financial contribution from the MoD to attend our accredited thermal imaging courses.

About ELCAS Courses

iRed is an approved and funded provider of resettlement courses for the armed forces. As a registered ELC provider, we provide a range of training for members of the armed forces interested in starting a new career in thermal imaging or drone operations.

The ELC (Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The scheme itself provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years.

ELC funding is only available within the pursuit of higher level learning, and must therefore yield a nationally recognised qualification.

ELCAS Funding for Armed Forces

Our learning advisors have been working in partnership with ELCAS and the MoD for many years, and are highly experienced in helping applicants choose the right course for them.

To register using your ELCAS credits you must first sign-in to the ELCAS website using your learner account details. From here, you can either search for iRed in the ELCAS providers list or click here.

Then all you have to do is send in your letter (“Claim Authorisation Note”) from ELCAS and we can register you on any of our ELCAS eligible courses.

Use Your ELCAS Credits Online

To use your Enhanced Learning Credits on one of our approved courses, visit the course page and select ‘book now’ on your desired dates. Complete the booking form, and select ‘ELCAS Credits’ in the payment options. Once completed, this will reserve your seat on the course and a learning advisor will be in touch to confirm your CAN number and eligibility.

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“ELCAS courses are an excellent way to acquire new skills and knowledge for resettlement after the armed forces. Enhanced Learning Credits can be used on many of our courses, enabling those leaving the armed forces to start a new career in either thermal imaging or drone operations.”

Steve Welland,
Training Manager

Ex-Armed Forces

How to use your ELCAS credits

ELCAS credits are available for serving personnel and service leavers that have completed more than six years of eligible service*. The minimum amount of funding available is £1,000 per claim, with the maximum being £2,000 per claim (dependent on the amount of years served).

Upon booking a course, applicants may be required to pay any remaining course costs that have not been covered by ELC funding.

*Only service accumulated since the 1st April 2000 may be counted as eligible service for the purpose of the ELC Scheme.


Apply for ELCAS Credits

Apply for your credits online on the ELCAS website. To apply for an iRed course, search for ELC Provider No. 4646.


Book Online

After being issued with a claim number (CAN) from ELCAS, book one of our courses online and select ‘ELCAS Credits’ as the payment option.


Send us your confirmation

Once you’ve reserved a place on a course online, send us a copy of your ELCAS confirmation via email to [email protected]


Invoice for remainder

For any outstanding balance, we’ll send you an invoice for your ‘personal contribution’, which is due before the start of the course.

For further guidance, please contact your Single Service Representative (SSR).

Our ELCAS Courses

Delegates can use their ELCAS credits on the following courses:

Aerial Thermal Imaging Drone Training Course

Thermal Imaging – Category 1

4 Days | £1680 | BINDT Accredited

Learn the essential skills and knowledge required for basic thermal imaging. Optional certification to ISO 18436 standards.

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Aerial Thermal Imaging Drone Training Course

Building Thermal Imaging Category 1

5 Days | £2040 | ABBE Accredited

Thermal imaging course designed for surveying domestic properties. Optional ISO 6781 certification available.

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Equine Thermography Category 1

Electromechanical Thermal Imaging Category 2

5 Days | £2040 | BINDT Accredited

Specialist thermal imaging course for electromechanical fault-finding and condition monitoring.

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CAA Approved Drone Training Course

Building Thermal Imaging Category 2

5 Days | £2040 | BINDT/ABBE Accredited

Learn to lead a team of thermographers in the surveying of residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

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Courses under the ELCAS scheme are ideal for service leavers looking to expand their skills and knowledge within the field of infrared thermography and remote inspection.

As an ELCAS training provider, service personnel can receive financial support from the MoD that covers the cost of a course.

Personnel claiming for Enhanced Learning Credits must first register to become a Scheme Member. Once registered, delegates can then submit a claim for ELCAS funding. For further information on scheme registration, visit

For further information on our courses, including course start dates and topics, visit the respective course pages or get in touch to speak to a member of our education staff.

Unfortunately, we don’t currently provide distance learning options.

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

The Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme is governed by the JSP 822: Defence Direction and Guidance for Training and Education publication, which states the following:

The MOD promotes lifelong learning among members of the Armed Forces, and this is encouraged through the Learning Credit schemes.  The Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC) scheme helps eligible Service personnel (SP) or Leavers (SL) with the cost of learning.  The Scheme allows a single award in each of a maximum of three separate Financial Years, or a single aggregated lower tier award.  ELCs may be claimed for learning which is an integral part, and results in the cost effective achievement, of a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3 or above.  The ELC scheme permits Regular SP to pursue their personal development, both during their Service and generally for 5 years after discharge, subject to the eligibility criteria being met.  This Defence Direction explains the rules of the ELC Scheme as it applies to SP.  All SP eligible to receive ELC support are required to adhere to this Direction.  The rules of the ELC Scheme are based on legislation.

(A level and equivalent) and above as defined by the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), a Level 6 or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent higher level qualification.  The QCF is being replaced by the Regulated Qualifications Framework  (RQF) from 1 Oct 15.  Ofqual expect the QCF will expire on 31 Dec 17.

University of Portsmouth Thermal Imaging Training
“Thank you for your fantastic talk to our students. The feedback of your talk was great and students really enjoyed it. Some of them have already asked me about possibilities of doing projects with iRed.”
Dr. Hooshyar Assadullahi, University of Portsmouth
TATA Steel iRed Thermal Imaging Client
“Thank you for one of the most effective courses I have attended. It was greatly appreciated the way you tailored the course to suit the knowledge, skills and experience of your attendees.”
Neil Eccles, Tata Steel
Cardiff Metropolitan University
“I was very impressed by the approach developed by iRed for producing high resolution thermal images and it has encouraged me to read thermal images in a whole new way. I would highly recommend the training to others.”
Condor Ferries Thermal Imaging Logo
“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

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