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17 March 2008 Do infrared thermographers need a professional organization?
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In 2003 a group of interested Thermographers headed by Greg Stockton of Stockton Infrared Services and Lee Allen began an effort to develop a professional organization to serve the Thermography community. It was named ISPOT and resulted in a Constitution, committees, legal registration and a group of dues-paying members. However, it has waned and there appears little organization left and more than a few people disappointed. Clearly there was a need. There still seems to be a need and issues in the education, continuing education and certification of Thermographer skills as well as standards for development of procedures. Applications in the Non Destructive Testing (NDT) field seem to have grown beyond the scope of present certification recommendations and promise to expand even faster. Who speaks objectively for the minimal training and in-service experience required to make a Thermographers fully qualified in areas outside NDT? How does a Thermographer extend his skill set into the newer fields of Building Thermography, Pest Control, Mold Remediation and the Next New Thing? What of the needs for purchasers of thermographic services? How can they judge the capabilities of individuals or organizations hired to perform services? What requirements exist for trained Thermographers to maintain their skills? Perhaps we can start to define some guidelines for an organization to meet the needs of the individuals, the trainers, the equipment suppliers and the users and purchasers of thermographic services.
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G. Raymond Peacock "Do infrared thermographers need a professional organization?", Proc. SPIE 6939, Thermosense XXX, 693909 (17 March 2008);


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