CAT 1 Infrared – Instructor Led

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This course is designed to meet and exceed ISO 18436 Part 7 CAT 1 and ANSI/ASNT CP105 & CP-189 (2016) Level 1 recommended practices, it covers all of the relevant infrared theory and physics required to produce a professional Thermography inspection report.

This course prepares the student for qualification as a CAT 1 certified thermographer. The participant will learn about topics in infrared thermography to increase their knowledge about infrared physics, heat science and infrared measurement equipment and its application. As a CAT 1 thermographer, will learn to set up the cameras setting of Distance, Transmissivity, Emissivity, how ensure the IFOV & MFOV are set correctly, capturing good images and initial analysis on the images.


  1. It is recommended that the student have some basic experience with Infrared or Thermography.
  2. For completion of assignments, student will need access to an Infrared Camera
  3. Students will need to download the Course Book found on the Materials tab above.

Course Objectives

  • Thermal / Infrared Physics
  • Temperature, How It Is Measured
  • The Nature of Heat and Temperature
  • Heat Transfer Mode Familiarization
  • 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
  • Download Soundwaves
  • Digital Handout Materials
  • Assignments that provide hands-on training
  • IRISS 18436-part 7 CAT 1 IRT Certification
  • 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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