Video Surveillance Installation November 2022 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.

This 2-day course is designed to help those new to installer work. Course starts November 16th.

Register now and save $50 - The discounted registration is $249 until Oct 13th, 2022. 

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Watch: Installation Course Overview

Course Schedule

The Video Surveillance Installation Course will meet live online for 2 full days, Wednesday, Nov 16th, and Thursday, Nov 17th. Lunch is held each day at 1 PM ET for 30 minutes.

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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 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 cabling connector ends 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 want to learn the basics of installer work with limited prior training on video surveillance cameras and equipment, and limited experience with networks.

Course Instructor

The course will be led by John Scanlan from IPVM. In addition to heading up several training IPVM Imagecourses, John is an integral contributor to video coverage and testing. Before coming to IPVM, John worked as a FE for several retailers & banks, owned a small business dealing communications equipment to hedge funds, and before that was a regional IT Manager.

John will lead each session, with others from IPVM moderating questions and providing feedback on related IPVM research and testing.

Watch Anytime

Additionally, all classes are recorded so you can watch on-demand on-line anytime.


At the end of classes, you will take a comprehensive final exam including multiple choice and essay questions. If you pass, you will become IPVM Video Surveillance Installation certified (see list of IPVM Certified Professionals).

Over 150 professionals are Video Surveillance Installation Certified by IPVM.

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 - Nov. 2022 Video Surveillance Installation Course

Register now and save $50 - The discounted registration is $249 until Oct 13th, 2022.  This covers classes, personal help, and certification. Course starts November 16th.

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If you are not already an IPVM subscriber, registration also includes 1 month of an IPVM subscription.

On-Demand Course

We also offer the Video Surveillance Installation Course On-Demand.


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