Frequently Asked Questions

All of our courses are held in iRed’s state-of-the-art training facility in Emsworth, Hampshire – about 9 miles away from the city of Portsmouth.

Emsworth is easily accessible via the M27, A3(M) and the A27, and offers a wide choice of nearby accommodation ranging from a 16th century pub to a modern Travelodge.

Just yourself – we supply everything from training manuals and pens to lunch and refreshments. Some delegates choose to bring their own equipment to apply knowledge from our lessons in real-time, however this is entirely optional.

As independent specialists, we have a wide range of thermal imaging cameras and commercial drones for delegates to try and test. We find this gives students the opportunity to experience a range of different brands before purchasing.

Yes – the iRed Academy is accredited by both the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) and the Awarding Body of the Built Environment (ABBE) to deliver BS EN ISO 18436 and BS EN ISO 6781 certified thermal imaging courses.

We’re also certified to ISO 9001:2015, demonstrating our commitment to quality.

No, our training courses are very much hands-on, and as such require a physical classroom.

Yes we do! We offer flexible, effective courses for businesses, schools and government organisations. We can even deliver these right to your door. We tend to advise that you have a minimum of 4 delegates looking to attend for this to be a financially viable option.

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.

No Рour drone courses focus on payload training, work-flow and software. As such, delegates attending a drone course will not be expected to fly a drone. Some delegates may have the opportunity to operate a gimbal camera as part of a practical exercise, however this is weather permitting.

iRed is the UK’s largest provider of thermal imaging courses and specialist drone operator training.

In operation since 2002, before thermal imaging had been accepted as a mainstream inspection tool, iRed has always delivered industry-leading training that’s regularly updated to meet current commercial needs.

iRed is currently the only training centre to be accredited by both the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and the Awarding Body of the Built Environment, and was the first provider of aerial thermal imaging courses within the UK.


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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