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What is Thermography?

Infrared thermography is a non-contact, non-destructive test method that utilizes a thermal imager to detect, display and record thermal patterns and temperatures across the surface of an object. Infrared thermography may be applied to any situation where knowledge of thermal profiles and temperatures will provide meaningful data about a system, object or process. Thermography is widely used in industry for predictive maintenance, condition assessment, quality assurance, and forensic investigations of electrical, mechanical and structural systems. Other applications include, but are not limited to: law enforcement, firefighting, search and rescue, and medical and veterinary sciences.

Are There Any Standards for Thermography?

There are a number of standards and specifications published for infrared thermography. Currently, standards exist for the certification of personnel, operation of equipment, and inspections of electrical, mechanical, and structural systems. Recognizing the need for standardized procedures, Infraspection Institute began publishing guidelines for thermography in 1993. Since their initial publication, Infraspection Institute guidelines have been adopted by hundreds of companies worldwide and incorporated into documents published by recognized standards organizations such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Beginning in 2007, Infraspection Institute guidelines were updated and renamed as standards to reflect their industry-wide acceptance and the best practices they embody.

Nine comprehensive standards are now available from Infraspection Institute. These documents cover equipment operation, temperature measurement, and specific thermographic applications. The selection and use of applicable standards, specifications, and guidelines are taught in all Infraspection Institute courses.

Why is Training Important?

Aside from test equipment, training is the most important investment a company will make in an infrared inspection program. Advances in technology have provided infrared equipment that is user-friendly; however, infrared thermography is not a “simply point and shoot” technology. In addition to understanding the object or system being inspected, thermographers must also understand common error sources that can influence observed thermal data. Infraspection Institute Level I and Level II courses teach infrared theory, heat transfer concepts, equipment selection and operation, how to eliminate or overcome common error sources, and specific applications. Our courses are designed to allow a student to quickly master the technology enabling a company to see an immediate return on their investment.

Is All Training Equal?

No. While many firms offer Level I, II, or III Courses, course content is determined by the instructor. Consequently, course content often varies widely between training firms. Courses offered by equipment manufacturers are often biased toward their own brand and often conveniently ignore key limitations of equipment that they manufacture and/or sell. Since Infraspection Institute does not manufacture or sell infrared equipment, our courses are not “infomercials”. Infraspection Institute courses are presented without marketing hype and are applicable to all infrared imagers regardless of brand or age. All Infraspection training courses are taught by experienced Level III thermographers who have extensive field experience in providing infrared inspections for a broad range of industries worldwide.

What is Certification?

Infrared certification is written proof that a person has completed formal training and/or possesses a certain skill set. Certification has long been one measure of thermographer competence within the infrared community much in the same way a diploma or degree is used among educational institutions. With over 26 years in business and nearly 10,000 graduates worldwide, Infraspection Institute is the oldest and most respected name in infrared certification. Recognizing our reputation for excellence, smart engineers demand Infraspection Certified Infrared Thermographers® for their projects. The Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® program is compliant with international standards organizations such as ISO and ASNT.

How Does a Person Become an Infraspection Certified Infrared Thermographer®?

Upon completion of an Infraspection Institute Level I, II, or III Course, students are welcome to take the Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® exam. These exams are open book tests that are based upon content of the subject course. Students who score 80% or higher receive an Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® Certificate. Infraspection certification is good for life and does not expire. There are no renewal fees associated with Infraspection Institute certification.

Do I Have to Attend a Class to Become Certified?

No. As an alternative to taking the certification exam at the end of a course, students who complete 32 hours of Distance Learning may also take the Certified Infrared Thermographer® exam. These exams must be taken in person and are available at any of our regularly scheduled courses, at our annual IR/INFO Conference, or by appointment at an approved Infraspection Institute testing facility. As an alternative, students may also take their exam via a video conference link to one of our Level III Distance Learning Instructors.

Does Infraspection Certification Expire?

No. Unlike certifications offered by other training firms, Infraspection Institute certifications have no expiration date and are good for life. Infraspection Institute does not charge renewal fees nor is it conditional upon your future attendance at technical conferences. In addition to being the world's most recognized name in thermographer training, Infraspection Institute certification has zero ongoing cost of ownership and is truly hassle free.

Where Are Classes Held?

Philadelphia area Level I, II and III open-enrollment training courses are held at several times throughout the year at the Enterprise Center located on the Mount Laurel campus of Burlington County College. The Enterprise Center is located at 3331 Route 38, Mount Laurel, NJ. The Enterprise Center is easily reached from all major highways and is approximately 25 miles from the Philadelphia International Airport.

Can Training Be Conducted at My Facility?

Yes! In addition to our Level I, II, and III Certified Infrared Thermographer Courses, Infraspection Institute can also provide customized on-site training at your facility. With an on-site class, our Level III instructors will travel to your facility and can customize our training to meet your company’s particular needs. Whenever possible, we will work with your on-site staff to conduct field trips and address your company’s particular applications. On-site courses provide a cost-effective alternative to attending open-enrollment classes. On-site classes may be conducted for any number of students and are generally cost-effective with classes of 5 or more students.

How is Distance Learning Different?

Infraspection Institute is the world’s first company to offer Distance Learning Courses for Thermography. We utilize state-of-the-art web servers and dynamic multimedia resources to provide a unique, quality educational experience. Our Distance Learning Courses are based upon our Level I, II, and III course content and meet all ASNT training requirements for the certification of NDT personnel. All courses are taught by Infraspection Institute Level III Certified Infrared Thermographers each having over 20 years of professional experience.

All Distance Learning Courses are divided into narrated 1 hour units allowing you to work at a pace that’s convenient for you. With our Distance Learning Courses you can tailor your infrared education through our wide selection of application and industry specific courses.

What Do I Receive for My Tuition?

Tuition for Infraspection open enrollment courses includes the following: All course materials including Student Reference Manual, Certified Infrared Thermographer Exam at end of Course, Trial copy of Exception® Data Management and Report Generation Software, and Continental Breakfast and Lunch during the course.

On-site courses include the above plus field trips. Meals and meeting space can be provided upon request.

Distance Learning Courses include the following: Student Reference Manual, multi-question online quizzes for each course unit, Exception® Report Generation Software, hands-on experiments utilizing provided materials, instructions for self-directed field assignments, written proof of course completion.

What Continuing Education Do You Provide?

In addition to our Level I, II, and III courses, Infraspection Institute hosts IR/INFO, an annual Advanced Training Conference, Technical Symposium and Technology Exposition. Since 1980, IR/INFO has been the infrared industry’s premiere showcase for the latest in applications, equipment, techniques and standards. IR/INFO provides a unique forum in which our industry’s brightest professionals exchange up-to-the-minute information, ideas and business strategies. Be sure to join us for 4 days of learning, networking and fun.

Why Infraspection Institute Training?

When you consider everything Infraspection Institute has to offer, there really is no other choice for training. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, our courses and services are without equal in the infrared industry. We offer unbiased, state-of-the-art training and support services that are applicable to imagers of any type or age. With over 30 years experience in infrared training, technical consulting, standards development, and software publishing, we can help you get the most from your infrared inspection program. Give us a call and find out what thousands of other thermographers already know.

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It took us less than 3 months to recover not only our initial investment in infrared equipment, but the technician’s salary as well.

~Keith Hill,
Lyondell Petrochemical