CAT 1 Principles of Infrared

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Designed to meet and exceed ISO 18436 and ASNT SNT-TC-1A recommended practices, this course teaches students about the principles of thermography and the use of Infrared Cameras. Through the video modules, students will learn about the science of Thermography, the various applications for condition-based monitoring and reliability, methods to improve asset uptime, and all of the relevant Infrared theory and physics required to produce a professional Thermography inspection report.


1.    It is recommended that the student have some basic experience with Thermography

2.    For completion of assignments, student will need access to an Infrared camera

Course Objectives

  • Thermal / Infrared Physics
  • Temperature, How It Is Measured
  • The Nature of Heat and Temperature
  • Heat Transfer Mode Familiarisation
  • Infrared Equipment Operation
  • Calibration
  • Infrared Applications
  • Radiosity Concepts
  • How To Do An Infrared Inspection
  • Infrared Image and Documentation
  • Support Data Collection
  • Elements Of A Good Infrared Image
  • Database Programs
  • Report Generation

Students Receive

  • Online access to all learning materials
  • Course Resource Manual download
  • Assignments that provide hands-on training
  • Benchmark quizzes to assess student retention
  • IRT Level 1 Certification
  • IRISS Certificate of Completion
  • Access to SMART Academy Alumni Network

These courses are eligible for NETA Continuing Technical Development Credits (CTDs). NETA Certified Technicians (Level III and Level IV) are required to earn a minimum of 48 CTDs every three years to maintain their certification. For more information about the CTD program and requirements, please contact the NETA office at or 888-300-6382.

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