The ever-increasing awareness of thermography causes many to consider offering infrared inspection services through new or existing business ventures. In general, the time has never been better than the present for starting an infrared consulting business or adding infrared inspection services to an existing company’s services.
The advent of lower cost technology has increased the number of commercial thermal imagers being offered while reducing the cost for same. This, combined with a greater awareness of the technology, has served to increase the demand for infrared inspection services.
During the past two years, the lower cost for infrared imagers and software has been an inducement for many large companies to purchase equipment; it has also attracted a number of entrepreneurs to the industry. Despite the fact that infrared equipment has become cheaper and the number of infrared consultants has increased, there remains a shortage of experienced, competent thermographers. From all market indications, this shortage of quality thermographers should provide favorable business opportunities for the next several years.
Prior to offering infrared inspection services, one should consider the following for your intended market area:
Current demand for infrared inspection services
Present competitive offerings and pricing
Company’s strengths and current services
Types of infrared inspections to be offered
How new services will be marketed
Lastly, once a decision has been made to offer infrared inspection services, thermographers should obtain quality training and certification before they purchase infrared inspection equipment.
Washington Approves Level I Course for Home Inspectors
The State of Washington recently announced that Infraspection Institute’s Level I Thermography course has met the requirements set forth in Chapter 308-408B WAC and approval has been granted for 32 clock hours that may be used by home inspector licensees toward their educational requirements.
Level I classes in Washington are conducted by Infraspection Institute Course Materials Licensee, Emerald Infrared Training Institute. Open enrollment classes are scheduled monthly at the Renton Technical Institute located in Seattle.
Locations and dates are now available for Certified Infrared Thermographer® and application courses on the Infraspection website. Registration is fast and easy using the secure server on our website.
Since we do not manufacture or sell infrared equipment, our courses are presented without marketing hype and are relevant to all brands of thermal imagers regardless of age.
All of our instructors are highly experienced, practicing thermographers. Each brings years of unmatched, real-world experience to the classroom. Our courses are taught using a combination of dynamic multi-media presentations, hands-on demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with students. Our courses integrate theory, practice, and case studies in a fun, relaxed atmosphere designed to maximize each student’s learning experience.
Since classes tend to fill quickly, it is best to make reservations early.
In celebration of IR/INFO’s 26th anniversary, Infraspection Institute is pleased to announce a special offer combining the world’s most respected infrared training and certification program with the industry’s original technical conference.
Attend IR/INFO and receive a tuition voucher for up to 100% discount on a 2015 Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® training course.
Special offers may not be combined with any other discount. Training course vouchers must be used by 12/31/15. Tuition vouchers are transferable to a third party for a $500 administrative fee.