Thermal Imaging Category 1 (Online Course)

£1,680.00 inc. VAT

GBP1680 including VAT

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

The most comprehensive thermal imaging course in the UK, specifically designed for beginners and those with no previous experience.

Learn how to operate a thermal imaging camera, process thermal images, and create basic reports.

Delivered through a virtual classroom, this online course teaches delegates how to operate a thermal imaging camera, process thermal images, and create basic reports.

Students opting for accreditation will need to complete an in-person examination (included) up to a year after course completion.
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Course Description

The Thermal Imaging Category 1 Online Course introduces the fundamentals of thermal imaging. During the course, delegates will gain an understanding of thermal image capture, analysis and reporting.

Thermal imaging can be used for surveys of buildings, solar farms, and electrical installations. These surveys are able to provide crucial insights, as well as identify faults.

Many factors, such as camera settings, can affect a thermal image. As such, training is essential for new thermographers who want to avoid common mistakes and produce credible reports.

Our experienced instructors deliver this course via Google Meets across four days. Therefore, the course combines aspects of classroom and online learning, providing 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

Through a comprehensive online syllabus, delegates will learn how to use a thermal camera to inspect surface temperatures and track heat transfer. As a result, this enables the discovery of faults associated with heat loss or gain.

Firstly, the course provides an understanding of the basics of thermal imaging. As well as this, delegates will study emissivity, RAT, and IFoV.

Furthermore, the course covers the basics of thermal camera use, including correct camera set-up and calibration. Additionally, delegates will learn how to process thermal images, along with condition monitoring and basic fault detection.

Delegates will gain an understanding of  the fundamental principles of camera operation, as well as how to accurately capture thermal images.

At the end of the course, delegates will complete a multiple-choice exam. Additionally, they must submit five thermal imaging reports to the iRed Academy for assessment. Delegates are able to submit their reports until up to a year after the end of the course.

Successful completion of the Thermal Imaging Category 1 Online Course qualifies delegates as an iRed® Certified thermographer.

Additional BINDT Accreditation (ISO 18436)

This course is eligible for accreditation from the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), to the BS EN ISO 18436 standard. This 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.

Included in the accreditation process is a ‘logbook of experience’, which delegates must submit to BINDT for approval. The logbook will contain proof of a delegate’s ‘thermal imaging experience’. ‘Thermal imaging experience’ includes time surveying, creating reports, or self-study. Delegates must show evidence of 16 hours a month of thermal imaging experience (totalling 192 hours for the year).

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

The Thermal Imaging Category 1 Online Course is suitable for beginners, or those new to industry. This course will demonstrate how to use thermal imaging as a tool for surveying or inspections, which allows delegates to offer this as a professional service.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of online training?
This online course is interactive and led by an experienced instructor. 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 signed up to the course, 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 from 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?
This course is aimed at beginners and those who are new to industry – as such, delegates are not required to have any previous thermal imaging knowledge or experience.

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.

Do I need to own a thermal imaging camera for this course?
Though delegates are not required to own a thermal imaging camera for the duration of the course, they will need a thermal camera to complete the course assessment, which includes five thermal imaging reports. These are available to buy or hire from the iRed Store. (

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