Troubleshooting Using Test Equipment CEU



PRICE: $50 for ESA members / $70 Non-Members

This 2-hour course is designed as a refresher and expands the knowledge of installers and service technicians on the equipment used o measure, current, and resistance. You will also gain the skills necessary for routine troubleshooting and identify specialized equipment

Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Explain how to use Volt Ohm Milliamp Meters (VOM) to measure AC and DC voltage, current, and resistance
  • Describe general equipment that installers and service technician use during routine troubleshooting
  • Identify specialized equipment an individual may use during routine troubleshooting

Pricing Info:

ESA Members receive a discount on National Training School courses. You will have the option to update the price based on your ESA membership status once the item has been added to your cart you Check Out.  ESA Membership will be validated post purchase.

What to Expect in the Online Course:

The course is delivered using a presentation style that is built off the exact same content covered in our instructor led course.  The presentation includes text, audio, graphics, videos and activities to help you absorb the information presented. This course has a short quiz at the end which you will be required to pass with a 70% or greater to complete the course.  

NOTE:  Not all state regulatory agencies allow online courses for licensing or CEUs.  Please check with your licensing agency prior to taking this course for licensing.


State Approvals:

AL-Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure (AESBL)

LA-Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal: Life Safety & Property Protection Advisory Board (LSPPA)

Louisville, KY-Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD)

MS-Mississippi Office of the State Fire Marshal: Electronic Protection Systems Division

NC-North Carolina Department of Public Safety: Alarm Systems Licensing Board (NC DPS-ASLB)

NJ-State of New Jersey: Division of Consumer Affairs

TX-Texas Department of Public Safety: Private Security Bureau (TX DPS-PSB)

TN-Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance: Alarm Systems Contractors Board

WA-State Department of Labor & Industries - Electrical Board

2 hour
Must spend 2 hour in class

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Detailed Course Outline:


  • Volt Ohm Milliamp Meters (VOMs)
    • VOM Meters
    • Analog vs Digital
  • Measuring Voltage: AC and DC
    • AC voltage readings
    • Safety: AC voltage
    • Live Circuits
    • Short Circuits
    • Measuring AC or DC voltage
    • Meter settings: AC voltage
    • Meter Leads: AC voltage
    • DC voltage readings
    • Panel auxiliary output voltage
    • Battery voltage
    • Loop voltage
    • Device input voltage
    • Locating an open circuit
    • Safety: DC voltage
    • Live circuit
    • Short circuit
    • Meter settings
    • Check the leads
    • Meter settings: DC voltage
    • Meter leads: DC voltage
  • Measuring Resistance
    • Measuring resistance
    • Determine an alarm loop’s resistance
    • Locate a high resistance splice
    • Locate a ground fault
    • Determine if a circuit is open
    • Safety and resistance
    • Verify circuit is de-energized
    • Meter settings: resistance
  • Measuring Current
    • DC current readings
    • Current draw on aux power terminals
    • Current draw on panel’s battery
    • Safety and DC current
    • Live Circuit
    • Short Circuit
    • Meter Settings
    • The effect of current on the human body
    • Meter settings: DC current
    • Measuring current
  • General Equipment
    • dB Meter
    • Audio Pickup
    • Range Selector
    • Data Hold button
    • dB Meter: reasons to use
    • How to use a dB Meter
    • Light Intensity Meters
    • Light Meter
    • Estimates for common conditions
    • Examples of light metering modes
    • Spot metering
    • Center-weighted average metering
    • Average metering
    • Partial metering
    • Multi-zone metering
    • Tone generators and wire tracers
    • Ethernet tester
  • Specialized Equipment
    • Glass break simulators
    • Light aiming devices
    • Ultrasonic sniffers
    • Lineman’s test set
    • Using the lineman’s test set
    • RS-232/485 testers
    • Portable CCTV monitors
    • Video Tester/Monitor
    • PTZ Controller
    • Digital Multimeter
    • UTP Cable tester
    • Video Test Pattern Generator
    • PTZ Protocol Analyzer
    • Fiber optic line testers
    • Types of testing procedures for smoke beam detectors
    • Testing types
    • Smoke detector simulated functionality test
    • Smoke detector activation
    • Smoke functionality testing frequency
    • Functional testing
    • Smoke generators for sensitivity testing
    • Heat source for testing heat sensors
    • Heat functionality testing
    • System programmers
    • Software for panels
    • System programmers: potential problems
    • Uses of Uploading
    • Retrieve the program from the premise’s panel
    • Retrieve system status information from panel
    • Retrieve alarm history from the panel
    • Direct access method
    • Call back method
    • Modem
    • Uses of downloading
    • Remote programming security