Infrared Thermography Certification

Certification is a written testimony of qualification. While there are no federal or state regulations that require infrared certification to conduct an IR inspection, we commonly see certification conditions specified within an organization’s written practice, insurance requirements, or outlined within bid prerequisites for those competing for external opportunities. As thermal imagers become more accessible and friendlier to operate, a knowledgeable operator is as equally important to the success and quality of the inspection as the camera itself. The two are not mutually exclusive. A professional operator understands the science behind the camera, its capabilities, and how environment can influence the accuracy of readings. ITC’s curriculum is designed to guide students in these essential areas and beyond to ensure students are confident entering the field and have the required knowledge to be successful. Certification establishes that an operator can:
  • Effectively operate an IR camera and implement best practice inspection techniques
  • Collect accurate and quality data for post processing analysis and documentation
  • Avoid common new user mistakes and false interpretation/diagnosis of results
  • Understand the full capabilities (and limitations) of IR technology
  • Leverage IR for improved situational awareness and safety
Curriculum Development Standards

As a global organization supporting a range of industries and applications, we acknowledge and adhere to the standards
provided by the American Society of Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT), British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), and
the International Standards Organization (ISO). Specifically, ASNT SNT-TC-1A & CP-105 for North American courses, BINDT
CMGEN appB for United Kingdom classes, and ISO 18436 & 9712 for courses conducted in Latin America and Europe. We
recognize the importance of a quality education and compliance with common NDT standards is just one of the reasons why
ITC certifications are recognized globally as the industry gold-standard.


Certification Levels


Level I

Level I certification is the first of three infrared training levels the ITC offers. Level I thermographers are typically new to infrared thermographic diagnostics but that doesn't imply that they are entry-level condition monitoring technicians; many Level I professionals actually have years of experience in building and maintaining complex systems.

Level I thermographers generally follow a written test procedure to evaluate specific types of equipment in their facility. They use their infrared cameras and software to identify and measure thermal anomalies based on thermal patterns, comparisons with similar equipment, and their own experience.

Level II

Level II certification is for experienced, professional thermographers and troubleshooters. A Level II thermographer typically deploys more than one diagnostic technology to determine the root cause of a problem and recommend repairs. Because of their more advanced IR training, Level II thermographers are qualified to provide technical direction to Level I certified personnel.

Level III

This is the most advanced infrared training level available. A Level III thermographer is primarily a thermography program manager who writes the company's written predictive maintenance/inspection practices, develops the test procedures and severity criteria, determines how often equipment should be inspected, and calculates the return on investment the thermography program is providing.

By completing this advanced infrared training, a Level III thermographer can provide guidance to Level I and II certified personnel. The Level III thermographer is the resource to consult when repeat equipment problems necessitate a review of operating and maintenance procedures or involve a redesign of equipment.

Thermography Recertification

Thermography certification is written proof of your professional infrared qualifications, so it’s important to keep your certification up to date. Not only will this help sharpen your skills, but it will also ensure your thermography qualifications are recognized wherever you go and wherever you work.

All ITC-certified thermographers must complete the following to renew their certification level:

1) Meet continuing education or professional contribution requirements
2) Maintain continued active employment in thermography
3) Demonstrate efforts to keep current on new developments

All certifications, including renewed certifications, are valid for four years.

Option 1

These options reward full credit for recertification.
  • Attend a 3 or 4-day ITC certification course at your current or next higher certification level
  • Take an online recertification exam

Submit a recertification form showing the selected option, along with the appropriate paperwork.

Option 2

Earn full credit for recertification through your professional contributions (a total of 24 credits is required).
  • Present a technical paper(s) on infrared at a Thermography conference (12 credits per paper)
  • Publish an article on infrared for a technical trade journal, magazine, or website (12 credits per article)

Submit a copy of the technical documents, along with a recertification form and a $595 USD processing fee.

Download the form for more specific details on recertification requirements as well as directions for submitting paperwork. Be sure to submit your recertification form ITC three months before your certification expires. The form is also available in ITC training manuals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Level I Certificate?

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Whether the subject is Fundamentals of Thermography, Electrical Thermography, sUAS Public Safety, or any other offering, students who successfully complete an ITC Level I course will receive a Level I Infrared Thermography Certificate. This verifies the student can follow ASNT CP-105 and SNT-TC-1A guidelines for thermography and, more specifically, can: 

  • • Operate an infrared camera
  • • Collect quality data
  • • Produce professional infrared inspection reports
  • • Understand the techniques and limitations of infrared thermography for specific applications


Level I and Level II certification courses also qualify for NETA continuing technical development credits (CTDs). NETA is an International Electrical Testing Association, an accredited standards developer for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

How many people will be in the class?

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Both classroom and online courses are limited to 25 students.

Can I rent an infrared camera?

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Absolutely! FLIR offers rental cameras; pricing is model-dependent. Please contact our rental team directly for pricing and availability.

866-477-3687 ext. 1

Can I pay by installments?

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Students can finance courses through Klarna; this option is available through the shopping cart when selecting a payment option.

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