Video System Technologies - ONLINE


PRICE: $300 for members (enter member discount code on purchasing screen)/ $400 non-members.  

Price includes 250 page manual and proctored exam that must be taken with a pre-approved testing facility.

The recently updated Video System Technologies course will allow you to build a solid technical knowledge of this fast growing security category. This 14-hour course, followed by a two-hour examination, allows students to acquire the knowledge needed to successfully design and install a basic video surveillance system. This is a MUST course for any technician who is installing or servicing video systems. It focuses on methods and equipment including digital cameras, coaxial cabling, user interfaces, networking considerations, system design, and video storage options. The course includes two extensive exercises that culminate in an actual system design based on a given customer’s specifications and building plans.

Please be aware that if you need to use this course for licensing or towards one of ESA’s certifications you will need to take the VST proctored exam with a pre-approved testing facility. For more details on arranging and scheduling a proctored exam please visit the Proctored Exam information page.

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, graphics, videos and activities to help you absorb the information presented. Each module is concluded by a knowledge checkpoint quiz to make sure you have understood the core concepts presented.  The course ends with a comprehensive assessment test that you must past with a 70% or greater to complete the course.  Your time will be tracked in the course and you must spend 14 hours interacting with the course materials before you will granted a course completion.

Who should attend: Technical staff, sales personnel and business owners.

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

Once your registration has been processed you will receive a training manual via ground service delivery. Your manual will arrive within 3-5 business days. If you do not receive your manual within that time please contact NTS at 888.447.1689 or

14 hours
Must spend 14 hours in online course, complete the online assessment, and pass the proctored final exam.
Time Limit to Complete :
365 days before course access expires

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Detailed Course Outline:

Certifications: Individuals holding a Certified Alarm/Security Technician - Level I certification for a minimum of 36 months, and who successfully complete the Video System Technologies course, the Electronic Access Control course and the Fire Alarm Installation Methods course are eligible for certification as a Certified Systems Integrator (CSI).

Why Video System Technologies?

The Video System Technologies (VST) course will provide you with the knowledge you need to successfully design and install a basic Video Surveillance System (VSS) system. The primary focus of this course is to provide you with knowledge on current methods and equipment, such as digital cameras, cabling options, networking, storage solutions as well as insight into progressive and emerging technologies.

Subject Areas:

  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Camera and Lens Considerations
  • Transmission media
  • Networking Basics
  • Monitors
  • Power
  • Auxiliary equipment
  • System Design
  • Recording
  • Commissioning
  • Troubleshooting