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PCN Category 1

General Thermography

£1475 + VAT

4-Days | 28 CPD Hours

This course is ideal and highly recommended for new camera owners, engineering personnel or managers wanting to use thermography to perform electrical inspections.



The PCN Category 1 course is designed to provide a substantial level of usable information and experience, and as such utilises the same core foundation module as the ABBE Certificate and iRed Category 1 courses. The course is accredited by BINDT, and therefore requires a year of extensive practical experience as part of the assessment. For those not requiring an accredited qualification in general thermography (i.e. for internal use, data collection or not as an external professional service), the iRed Category 1 course will provide the same knowledge and skills with a more efficient aseessment criteria.

Course topics include thermographic principles, camera operation, condition monitoring, data analysis and the production of reports and documentation to ISO standards.


PCN Category 1 - Infrared Training Course from iRed
PCN Category 1 - Infrared Training Course from iRed
PCN Category 1 - Infrared Training Course from iRed
PCN Category 1 - Infrared Training Course from iRed


• Principles of Infrared Thermography
• How to Correctly Set Up An IR Camera
• How to Process a Thermal Image
• The Uses and Applications of Thermography
• Basic Analysis of Thermographic Images

• Understanding Codes and Standards
• Understanding Diagnostics and Prognostics
• Reporting and Documentation to ISO Standards
• Understanding Corrective Actions


BINDT will issue the PCN Category 1 qualification once delegates have passed the exam and logged 12 months of thermographic experience. Experience requires a minimum of 16 hours a month totaling 192 hours for the year, this includes the CPD hours from the course itself.

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Price £1475 + VAT
Level Foundation
Duration 4 Days
Qualification PCN Category 1
Awarding Body PCN
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Frequently Asked Questions

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? 2017-01-24T11:02:30+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. Successful completion of any of our foundation courses will meet the requirements for the UKTA database of approved thermographers. In addition to this, we operate a Quality Management System in accordance with BS EN ISO 9001:2008, 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.

What is thermography? 2017-01-24T11:00:36+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.

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