William hit the nail right on the head. I do not think John tries to substitute his course as level I/II/III. I think he is just building value in his course, just as you guys build value against your competitors when selling an HI for $350, or whatever. If you read some older threads where he is promoting training you can read through the “passion lines” and it plainly reads he markets it to HIs for HIs.
Greg, training shouldn’t teach you about the actual camera as every single camera system out there comes with an instruction manual as well as CD/DVD. Training, in any fashion, should cover the abilities of the camera in regards to infrared. IE: emissivity correction, span, range, etc.
John’s training is not the lowest in the country, so he isn’t the low baller. I know of a guy that has a couple of different courses that start that include a $99 and $199 course.
Ultimately if you plan on getting in to IR, do it the way William DeVries did it. For HI type of IR work, do John’s course. For work outside of HI do level I. Go get some experience in the field outside of IR HI then add on level II…wash and repeat for level III or what have you.
As far as cameras go they are all priced into a set price point range for a reason, it doesn’t matter the manufacture. Recently, as John stated, there are a couple of china/taiwan/korean manufactures that will private label cameras for anyone. So one of these manufactures might put out dozens of different brand name cameras off of the same exact product, due to private labeling. Because of the cost of these instruments and future calibrations, the buyer better make sure where they need to send the camera for service/calibration and what kind of lead times are involved with international shipping and service. The buyer also really needs to do their do diligence about international freight policies and commerce policies. The biggest question that, should also be addressed, is who regulates and oversees these testing standards and published specifications…I guarantee it is not ANSI or NIST.
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