For over 30 years, thermographer credentials have been routinely referred to based upon an individual’s level of certification. Up until now, it has been customary to issue one of three certification levels (I, II, or III) to students who have completed formal training classes dedicated to the use and application of thermal imagers. Because this practice does not consider an individual’s experience, it is impossible to determine a thermographer’s qualifications based solely upon such certification.
Responding to requests from thermographers and consumers alike, the Infraspection Institute Master Thermographer® Program is a completely new approach to establishing thermographer qualifications. Unlike certifications that rely solely upon the completion of formal training classes, this program is based upon thermographer training, experience, and professional references.
Initial qualification is good for two years and must be renewed biannually. Participants in the program will enjoy several exclusive benefits including permission to use the Infraspection Institute Master Thermographer® mark on their websites, business cards, and company literature and a free listing in the Master Thermographer directory.
In order to become an Infraspection Institute Master Thermographer®, a person must complete an application form and submit supporting documentation. Initial qualification is good for two years and may be renewed for additional two year periods. Applicants to the program will be qualified using a point system. Initial qualification is granted to those who score a minimum of 100 points based upon the following matrix:
Participants in the Infraspection Institute Master Thermographer® Program must renew their membership biannually. Renewal applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in writing prior to the expiration date of one’s current registration. Renewal applicants will be qualified using a point system. Membership renewal will be granted to those who score a minimum of 30 points based upon the following matrix:
No. The Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® designation will continue to be issued to all students who successfully complete our Level I, II, or III infrared training courses and achieve a passing score on their final exam that is offered at the end of each course. In fact, certification earned at the completion of those classes may be used toward qualifying for membership in the Infraspection Institute Master Thermographer® Program.
Any thermographer meeting the eligibility requirements of 100 points may apply for membership. Upon receipt of a person’s application and program fee, Infraspection Institute will review the supporting documentation and notify the applicant when their membership has been approved.