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PCN Category 1 Thermography

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Training course to achieve level 1 PCN qualification in thermography to ISO 18436-7

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A 5-day Training Course

Thermography can provide quick diagnosis of problems in buildings and their services in commissioning, operation and maintenance. To get the most out of infrared cameras, users must have knowledge of the principles involved in thermography, suitable conditions and the best methods to use. The course is run by BSRIA in partnership with I-Red. The trainers are thermographers with many years of experience in building and engineering surveys. This course is also approved by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) and successful completion is required before candidates may sit the externally administered PCN level 1 IRT examination at the end of this 5-day course. Please note the BINDT examination fee is not included in BSRIA course fee. This fee is approximately £158 + VAT, for confirmation of the exact fee, contact BINDT (01604 893811;

PLEASE NOTE: This course can not be booked through BSRIA, you will need to contact iRed directly. Please click here to go iRed's training page on their website

For further information about this course, please Contact iRed (01243 370 296)

Delegates attending BSRIA's Introduction to Thermography course will receive a voucher for £100 discount on Thermography Level 1 PCN.


This course is for people wanting to use thermography in condition monitoring, electrical or building inspection. Anyone wanting PCN Certification in Thermography to ISO 18436-7 Level 1 should attend.

Content and timings

This 5-day course will cover:

  1. Principles of IRT: Heat transfer; electromagnetic spectrum; emittance, reflectance and transmittance; atmospheric transmission; IR wavebands and lens materials; conduction fundamentals; conductivity / resistance; convection fundamentals, Newton's law of cooling; radiation fundamentals; Stefan Boltzmann law
  2. Equipment and Data Acquisition: How your imager works; range and level settings; operation of equipment; controls; lenses; getting a good image; clarity (focus); dynamic range; recognising and dealing with reflections; calibration; environmental and operational conditions; data storage
  3. Image Processing: Temperature measurement; measurement functions; accuracy; emissivity measurements; avoiding errors (error source recognition, prevention and control); small spot size; distance; atmospheric attenuation; environmental data; image interpretation
  4. Condition Monitoring: Fundamental principles; control values; correlation techniques
  5. General Applications: Electrical; mechanical; civil
  6. Condition Monitoring: Program design and acceptance testing overview; program implementation overview
  7. Codes and Standards
  8. Training Examination


It is recommended that level 1 candidates have at least a secondary school science or technical qualification, or its equivalent and are able to manipulate simple algebraic equations at a level equivalent to that of a basic mathematics qualification, use a basic scientific calculator, and be familiar with the operation of personal computers.


Level 1 personnel are qualified perform industrial infrared thermography measurements according to established and recognised procedures and may be authorised (within the scope and limitations of the certification held) to:

  • apply a specific thermographic measurement technique
  • setup and operate equipment for safe thermographic data collection
  • perform basic infrared thermography of plant and machinery, buildings and electrical systems
  • verify the calibration of the measurement systems and the integrity of the collected data
  • prevent or control poor data (sources of data error)
  • maintain a database of results or trends
  • perform basic fault detection and severity assessment
  • perform basic image post processing (measurement tools, emissivity adjustment, span and scale adjustment etc)
  • verify the calibration of thermographic measurement systems
  • evaluate and report test results in accordance with established instructions and highlight areas of concern


Delegates are provided with a training manual. The course fee includes lunch and refreshments.

Product details

  • Publisher: BSRIA