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APS Infrared Certificate

Aerial Payload Specialist

£595 + VAT

2-Days | 14 CPD Hours

The APS (“Aerial Payload Specialist”) Infrared Certificate has been designed to provide highly professional theoretical and practical infrared drone training for users intending to view or capture aerial thermal images.


  • 2-day theoretical and practical course for RPS/drones
  • Designing a sustainable workflow
  • Surveying styles and techniques
  • Choosing appropriate equipment
  • Practical exercise examining buildings and roofs


The APS Infrared Certificate course is designed for new and existing drone pilots looking to expand their range of commercial services. The course has been designed to provide an introduction to the many aspects to be considered when buying, assembling and operating thermal imaging equipment for commercial aerial surveys.

Subject to weather, the first day of this course is classroom based, with topics including airframe types, camera selection, pertinent air laws, human factors, environmental conditions, work flow and customer deliverables. The following practical session will be run from our Bosham base, with heated briefing room and workshop facilities. During the course, delegates will have the opportunity to plan, rig, test and execute an aerial thermographic survey.

The APS Infrared Certificate course is ideal for those already comfortable with piloting a drone, however those new to the industry can gain a strong grounding in aerial thermography whilst having the opportunity to try out the latest in infrared and aerial equipment.

“Extremely comprehensive course delivered by expert instructors – highly recommended.”

Trevor Horsley, Viewfrontiers

“An excellent course delivered by very experienced and knowledgeable instructors.”

Karl Wightman

“This was the perfect course for me! I’m already a thermal aerial practitioner but the course proided me with a lot of ideas for new lines of work, but also how to optimise the use of my existing equipment.”

Jan Sisson, Higher Eyes


• Suitable Airframe Types
• Camera Selection Considerations
• Pertinant Air Laws
• Human Factors
• Environmental Conditions
• Work-flow & Flight Time
• Customer Deliverables
• Basics of Emissivity
• Basics of Reflected Apparent Temperature (RAT)

• Survey Types
• Software Considerations
• Relevant Equipment Types
• Ancillary Equipment
• Skyhooking, Mapping and Fixed Wing
• Job Costing
• Autonomous Considerations
• Basics of Radiometric Imagery


APS Infrared Certificate


Delegates are issued with the APS Infrared Certificate upon completion of a ground-school 50 question multiple-choice exam and a practical flight assessment. The practical flight assessment involves operating a gimballed infrared camera on a mock-survey, directing a trained pilot as appropriate. As such, delegates attending the course do not require Permissions for Commercial Operations (“PfCO“) or insurances.

iRed Building Survey
Price £595 + VAT
Level Introduction
Duration 2 Days
Qualification APS Infrared
Awarding Body iRed Academy
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Recommended: A foundation qualification is recommended if intending to produce thermographic reports commercially. The APS Infrared Qualification will enable delegates to effectively data collect and utilise aerial IR equipment.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a PfCO? 2017-01-19T17:04:00+00:00

If you want to undertake any commercial RPS/UAS work within the UK, or fly in any congested area, you will need to get Permissions for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the CAA.


Do my permissions expire? 2017-01-19T17:03:21+00:00

Permissions for Commercial Operations (PfCO) are valid for 12 months after a successful application, and are subject to annual renewal at least 30 days before their expirey date. This is simply a case of resubmitting your operations manual to the CAA, highlighting any changes and showing any appropriate insurances.

Do I need to provide my own aircraft? 2017-01-19T17:02:43+00:00
For the remote pilot qualification, yes. Due to insurance purposes we cannot supply UAS (multi-rotor drone / fixed-wing aircraft) for the flight assessment.

For the aerial payload specialist courses, no. As the course focuses on payload training, delegates will be operating a camera during their flight assessment 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.

Are there different PfCO qualifications? 2017-01-19T17:01:30+00:00

No. There is only one CAA approved course. There are however a number of recognised training providers who can deliver it, each of whom may name their courses differently.

Can I do the courses with a fixed-wing aircraft? 2017-01-19T17:00:58+00:00

Yes you can! Our RPS training covers a wide range of UAS technologies, meaning that the knowledge and skills learnt on our courses are transferable between all types of remote aircraft. The only difference is that you’ll be doing your flight assessment with a different system.

I’ve done my flight assessment/ground school with another training provider, can I finish my qualification with iRed? 2017-01-19T16:59:07+00:00

Certainly! If you can provide evidence of either your previous ground school or flight assessment examination, you can attend whichever unit you havent yet completed. Upon successful completion, we will issue you with your full RPQ and even submit your application to the CAA on your behalf.


All of our instructors are industry-experts, delivering professional, commercially-focused training.

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