Infrared Thermography
Category 1 Course Curriculum

This course follows the recommended training requirements of ISO 18436-7 for Category I Infrared Thermography Certification. The course is also recognised by the Australian Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (AINDT).

A good mixture of audio, visual, and kinaesthetic material is presented during the course and the hands-on workshops ensure that the students leave with confidence in their ability to operate their IR equipment.

Upon completion of the course the student should have mastered the skills necessary to not only operate their infrared system but to perform various inspections and report on their findings.

A certificate as an Infrared Thermography Practitioner will be awarded on completing the course and passing the examination, while full certification will be granted to students who successfully complete the written requirements.

This also aligns with the AINDT requirements and an application can also be made to the AINDT for certification at an extra cost. Note: Jeff Erichsen is an approved examination facilitator by the AINDT and AINDT examinations are available following the course exam at an additional cost that is determined by the AINDT.

Class size is limited to give maximum interaction between instructor and students.

• General overview of the use of Infrared Thermography
• Course logistics and curriculum outline
• Trainer and student introductions
• Understanding Certification and requirements
Basic Infrared/Thermal Physics

The Basic Physics of Matter
• Matter - Definition and basic principles
• Energy - definition and basic principles

Heat and Temperature
• What is it and how it is measured/expressed
• Basic relation of heat temperature and energy

Heat Transfer
• Conduction Fundamentals
*Fourier’s Law (concept)
*Conductivity/Resistance Basics
*Practical application of conductivity in thermography
• Convection Fundamentals
*Newton’s Law of cooling
*Practical application of convection in thermography
• Radiation Fundamentals
*The Electromagnetic Spectrum
*Plank’s Law
*Wien’s Law
*Stephan Boltzmann Law

Radiosity Concepts
• Reflection, Transmission, Emission
• Radiometry and Imaging
• Spatial Resolution Concepts

Infrared Equipment Operation
• How your infrared imager works
• Equipment overview/features
• Operation of equipment
• Getting a good image
*Clarity (focus)
*Thermal Focus
*Dynamic Range
• Recognizing and Dealing with Reflections
• Recognizing and Dealing with Convection

Temperature Measurement
• Measurement functions
• Performing accurate temperature measurement
• Performing emissivity measurements
• Avoiding errors
*Spot size
*Atmospheric Attenuation

The Environment and Support Equipment
• Environmental Data
• Support Equipment for Infrared Inspections

• Qualitative vs Quantitative Inspections
• Electrical Inspections
• Mechanical Inspections - Friction
• Thermal Resistance - insulation & refractory
• Thermal Capacitance - roof moisture surveys
• Physical State - Gas/Liquid, Liquid/Solid
• Process Inspections
*Fluid Flow
*Vessel levels
• Building Inspections
• Energy Related Inspections

*Solar Panels

*Cold Rooms

• Introduction
• Software programs
• Generating Reports
• Making Templates
• Image Analysis

Category I Examination