Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve attended a level 1 course elsewhere, can I attend a level 2 with iRed?2017-05-25T15:15:51+00:00

Of course you can! We do tend to advise that delegates already in possession of a level 1 / category 1 qualification have a quick chat with one of our training instructors before booking a course. This allows our instructors to assess your current level of knowledge, and if necessary arrange a refresher day for you.

How do I book on a course?2017-05-25T14:07:03+00:00

All of our training courses can be booked online via their respective course pages. After successful completion of the checkout process, your place on your chosen course will be automatically reserved.

We accept all major credit/debit cards including VISA, Mastercard and American Express – and we can also take payment over the phone or by BACS.

Where are your courses held?2017-05-25T13:56:49+00:00

All of our courses take place in our purpose-built training facility in Emsworth, Hampshire (just outside of Portsmouth). Courses include tuition, course materials and daily lunch & refreshments. We can deliver bespoke training courses to your premises, however we generally recommend that this is for 4 or more delegates.

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.

Do I need a drone for your aerial courses?2017-05-25T13:49:37+00:00
Nope! Our APS Infrared Certificate and Aerial Thermography Category 1 UAV (drone) courses focus on payload training, and as such delegates will be operating a gimbal camera during any practical excercise rather than an aircraft.
Why train with the iRed Academy?2017-01-19T17:02:05+00:00

As the UK’s leading thermal imaging experts, we have years of professional experience with the commercial applications of RPS. This experience enables us to provide specialist training for a variety of different payloads and technologies, enabling delegates to utilise a UAS as a tool for more than just digital imagery.

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.

What is thermography?2017-01-18T13:32:20+00:00

Thermography (otherwise known as “Thermal Imaging”) is a specialist technique which uses infrared-sensitive cameras to inspect buildings, electrical equipment, rotating machinery and devices to detect faults or problematic areas, as part of routine maintenance or fault-finding. This non-invasive method allows the identification – both in terms of location and severity – of problems associated with heat loss.


All of our training courses are held in our purpose-built training facility in Emsworth, Hampshire (just outside of Portmsouth).

Weather permitting, delegates on our aerial UAV courses will spend a day in our training workshop in Bosham (10 minutes from our Emsworth facility) that features secure access to a section of isolated private land for flying. Further information on our venues can be found here.

Looking for services?

You can find a full list of our thermal services at www.ired.co.uk. We also stock specialist surveying equipment from some of the world’s leading manufacturers – including FLIR and DJI – at shop.ired.co.uk.

Which course is for me?

To speak to one of our Learning Advisors, call us on 01243 370 296 or message us using the web-chat below.

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