The certification level that you obtain should include combined education and experience. I know of a level III’s that managed to make it there in a couple of months!
This is not the intention of the program. Any program that allows progression without work experience is not worth its salt (as far as I’m concerned).
ITC ($1,750 ea.)
Level I: trains the operator to use the camera and identify anomalies.
Level II: trains supervisors of level I operators and increase his ability to identify anomalies and supervise infrared programs.
Level III: is the person that writes the infrared programs and disseminates protocol to level II and below operators.
The program is designed as a “continuing education” process. You must do at least 25% of your job description performing infrared.
I suppose you can get through the course faster if your a quick learner, but you’re experience level suffers.
I took building science, level I and level II. All are redundant to a great extent. And actually I used my lower-level books in the upper-level courses. All the information is provided, but not necessarily covered in the same detail in each course. How much you actually learn is dependent upon the class participants.
As some “certified infrared trainers” will point out, this is not rocket science. You just have to push a few buttons on a camera! There’s nothing to it!
You may be able to learn one application, but when unknowns pop up or you’re asked to perform a service outside of your one specialty you will have no background to fall back on.
All this stuff that you have seen on the Internet is just an" introduction" and is in no way sufficient for a one-man operation. You have no boss or level III to write, initiate and supervise your program. You have to do it all yourself! That is where the program suffers the most. That is where all the bogus information comes from on the Internet. You have people that are not even qualified at a level I attempting to perform level III business practices without the experience or education.
Just my thoughts.
For those of you that “think” you know all that kindergarten level one stuff, would you like me to post a few questions from that course?
I know some outstanding level II instructors that know more than I can conceptualize. Your level is not important. What you learned and what you can do is.
I also know some instructors that haven’t gotten past TI kindergarten…