Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 (Online Course)

£2,000.00 inc. VAT

GBP2000 including VAT

This course is delivered online via a virtual classroom (9am to 5pm).
Physical classroom courses available here: Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1

iRed® are proud to have the only accredited drone thermal imaging course in the UK.

Learn how to capture, process and analysis thermal images captured using a drone. This course is designed for commercial drone pilots looking to inspect buildings, solar panels and power-lines using thermal imaging cameras.

After attending the course, students choosing PCN ISO 18436 accreditation will need to complete an in-person examination (included) up to a year after course completion.

Please note this is a 5-day course with 4 days online & 1 day practical based. Once delegates have completed the 4-day online element they will need to book a date to attend their final day of practical based training with one of our Instructors.

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Course Description

The Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 Online Course is designed for pilots who want to learn how to operate a thermal imaging camera on their drone.

There are a variety of applications for the use of thermal cameras on drones. These include:

  • Electrical inspections
  • Thermal building surveys
  • Power line inspections
  • Search and rescue operations

This course teaches delegates how to use thermal imaging both on the ground and in the air. This enables drone operators to expand their range of services to include thermal imaging surveys.

Our experienced instructors deliver this course via Google Meets across four days. The course combines aspects of classroom and online learning, delivering comprehensive learning material alongside interactive tutorial.

Please Note: Delegates will need to ensure they have access to a webcam, microphone, speakers and a strong internet connection. It is also essential to complete the course in a quiet, undisturbed environment.

Course Content

This online course teaches the basics of thermal camera set-up and calibration. During the course, delegates will study a range of cameras, such as drone mounted, tripod mounted, and hand-held units. Additionally, they’ll look at current thermal imaging drone cameras and aerial platforms used throughout industry, matching them to suitable commercial applications.

Furthermore, delegates will use case studies to demonstrate the practical applications of different survey techniques. The course also uses these examples to discuss the strengths and limitations of thermal technology – as well as dispel any myths surrounding this.

This course introduces specialist software, which allows thermographers to analyse and interpret thermal data. This also enables them to draw the correct conclusions from their data.

As well as this, the course will also demonstrate how to present thermal data to produce a meaningful report for clients. This will detail the results of a thermal inspection, and so it needs to be presented in a format that is easy for the client to understand.

The Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 Online Course provides drone pilots with the knowledge and skills to use thermal imaging cameras in the air as well as the ground. This allows for the collection of thermal data, analysis, and reporting.

Successful completion of the Drone Thermal Imaging Category 1 qualification requires delegates to pass a multiple-choice exam, which takes place on the final day of the course. They will also need to create five aerial thermal imaging reports. Delegates are able to submit their reports up to a year after the end of the course.

Additional BINDT Accreditation (ISO 18436)

This course is eligible for optional accreditation by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) to the BS EN ISO 18436 standard. This accreditation has an additional cost of £360 (incl VAT).

To gain this accreditation, delegates will need to sit a BINDT assessed thermal imaging exam at an assessment centre. This is included within the accreditation fee.

Delegates will also need to submit a ‘logbook of experience’ to BINDT for approval. Your logbook will contain proof that you have undertaken 16 hours a month of thermal imaging experience (totalling 192 hours for the year). ‘Thermal imaging experience’ includes time surveying, creating reports, or self-study.

Accreditation offers independent assurance that you’re both qualified and competent in operating a thermal imaging camera. This also provides you with an edge on your competitors. However, the nature of the work required to achieve this additional accreditation means that it can take longer to complete, especially if you are new to industry. On successful completion of a course, we provide delegates with an industry recognised iRed® Qualification, which enables delegates to advertise their skills and build the experience needed for their logbook.

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for commercial drone pilots who are new to using thermal imaging cameras. These drone operators are able to expand their skills, as well as offer additional services, such as aerial thermal imaging surveys of buildings, to clients. As such, this provides them with an advantage over competitors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of online training?
This online course is easy to access, and allows you to complete your training from your home or workplace. The course format provides opportunities to get involved and ask questions, meaning you gain the same support as you would in a classroom!

How do I access the online course?
When you have registered, you will receive information telling you how to access the online course, which is delivered via Skype.

It is essential that delegates have access to Skype throughout the duration of the course, which will run from 9am – 5pm every day with an hours break for lunch.

What will I gain by completing this course?
By completing this course and the assessment, you will become an iRed® Certified Thermographer. This enables you to begin offering thermal imaging as a professional service. You may also choose to expand your skills and knowledge through further training in a specific field.

Are there any entry requirements?
Delegates are not required to have any previous knowledge or experience of thermal imaging. The course is well-paced, and covers all of the basics of thermal imaging to allow you to gain a full understanding of the science and technology.

It is recommended that delegates are in possession of or are working towards gaining their Permissions for Commercial Operations (PfCO) – though this is not essential.

Do I need to own a drone or thermal imaging camera to take this course?
Though delegates are not required to own a thermal imaging camera or drone for the duration of the course, they will need access to this equipment to complete the course assessment, which includes five aerial thermal imaging reports. These are available to buy or hire from the iRed Store. (https://store.ired.co.uk/)

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