Video Surveillance Installation On-Demand Overview

Learn the basics for installing video surveillance systems. We teach you, step by step, the right way to install, the right tools to use and how to overcome the key challenges you will face installing.

This is a unique installation course in a market where little practical training is available. 

The course price is $399 USD - Register now!

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What the IPVM Video Surveillance Installation Course Covers

In 12 sessions we cover the basics for installing video surveillance systems:

(1) Tools / Safety

The course starts with an introduction to basic installer's hand tools and how they are best used in an installation. We also examine installer workplace safety guidelines and personal protective equipment.

(2) Tools Advanced

Expands to cover specialty tools used, including cable termination tools, ladder, lifts, and test tools for checking cabled work.

(3) Cables

Explains the process and techniques for installing the cable types in locations most used for video surveillance systems.

(4) Terminating

Breaks down best practices attaching a cabling connector end for video networks, including copper ethernet, coaxial systems, and fiber optic cabling.

(5) Indoor Camera Installation, Part 1

Shows actual indoor-camera installation in common interior areas like drywall, ceiling tiles, and block walls, along with proper Firestopping and Riser penetrations.

(6) Indoor Camera Installation, Part 2

Continues actual camera installation in common interior areas like exposed ceilings, trussworks/drop pendant, masonry walls, and plenum-rated ceilings.

(7) Outdoor Camera Installation, Part 1

Shows actual outdoor camera installation in common exterior areas like brick, metal siding, and synthetic stucco (EIFS), along with waterproofing and sealing all work.

(8) Outdoor Camera Installation, Part 2

Continues actual camera installation in common exterior areas like roofs, parapet mounts, tripods, poles, and proper lightning protection & grounding.

(9) Whips & Mounting Features

Breaks down the use and tradeoffs of how options like camera cable whips, gimbal mounts, and backplate mounting impacts installation and video quality.

(10) Install Factors

Survey the best and worst installation features of cameras, and review how popular models install compared to each other.

(11) Aiming & Focusing Cameras

Explains the steps and techniques of optimizing camera positioning and lens focus for production use.

(12) System Commissioning

To cap off the course, IPVM covers work documentation, checklists for finishing the job, and how to wrap up the job cleanly.

Who Should and Should NOT Take this Course

If you are looking for instruction on how to design and specify cameras and networking equipment, you should not take this course. The better classes for you are our Camera course and IP Networking courses.

This video installation course is for those who want to learn the basics of installer work with limited prior training on video surveillance cameras and equipment and limited experience with networks.


At the end of classes, you will take a cumulative final exam including multiple-choice and short answer questions. If you pass, you will earn an IPVM Video Surveillance Installation certificate of course completion (see list of current IPVM Certificate Holders).

See what previous students said:

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We send Video Surveillance Installation students a survey where we ask, "How has this training helped you with your job?"

Here are some samples of responses:

"It has helped me understand how to effectively and correctly mount cameras to provide the views the customer wants. It has also reminded me of certain things to look out for from a safety standpoint."

"I especially appreciated the Best Practices presented and comparison of various methods to accomplish different tasks. It presented some different ways of doing things that should prove beneficial moving forward."

"This allows me to understand more about the installation portion of the industry, which will not only help me to make better camera suggestions, but to be able to better understand the work required to install it."

"I liked how you provide a end of the job checklist at the end of the training. It provides a good way to close out the job and make sure everything has been covered."

"Reminded me of some important details that I was maybe starting to overlook. Taught me the correct terminology for a lot of the fasteners and materials that I use."

Register Now

The course price is $399 USD. This includes live onboarding with an instructor, office hours, recorded classes, private class discussion group, personal help, examination, and certificate if you pass. Register now!

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An active IPVM subscription is required to take the course.


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