VSST Video Surveillance Technician Guide Reviewed

By: John Honovich, Published on Jun 01, 2009

The Security Industry Association is releasing a series of Certifications for video surveillance technicians. There are 4 certifications in the series. The training guide for the first one is released (see its table of contents [link no longer available]).

I bought a copy of it ($45 online for the PDF version [link no longer available]). It's a solid treatment of the fundamentals of analog video. 

Unfortunately, it does not cover IP and the certification series only addresses IP in Level 4 (the final and highest one). They may need to update/re-do the series to stay current with technology.

If you want a really good textbook on CCTV, see Vlado's CCTV book. Vlado is also the co-author of the VSST guide. His textbook is 5 times as long and offers much greater depth than the training guide. Plus, the hardcover edition is only $58 USD.

Comments : Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Last Chance - Spring 2020 IP Networking Course - Register Now on May 06, 2020
This is the last chance to register for the only networking course designed specifically for video surveillance professionals, taught...
Camera Course Summer 2020 on Jun 30, 2020
This is the only independent surveillance camera course, based on in-depth product and technology testing. Lots of manufacturer training...
Access Control Course Spring 2020 - Register Now - Last Chance on Apr 21, 2020
IPVM offers the most comprehensive access control course in the industry. Thursday, April 23rd is the last day to register, as the course will...
Glossary / Acronyms for Video Surveillance on Feb 10, 2020
This directory provides definitions and explanations for over 90 common video surveillance industry terms, including links to related IPVM...
SenseB4 Presents Cloud Network Device Monitoring on Jun 09, 2020
SenseB4 presented its cybersecurity and network health monitoring products at the April 2020 IPVM New Products show. Inside this report: A...
Video Analytics 101 on Mar 16, 2020
This guide teaches the fundamentals of video surveillance analytics. Inside we cover: Why Use Video Analytics Video Analytics Warning Where...
Genetec Goes Virtual, Drops Essen and GSX, Skeleton Crew to ISC West 2020 on May 05, 2020
Genetec is dropping Essen and GSX shows this year as well as planning to send a skeleton crew to ISC West 2020, the company confirmed to IPVM, as...
IPVM For PR / Marketing People on Apr 29, 2020
Since IPVM does not accept advertising nor sponsorships, etc., PR / marketing people can find IPVM hard to understand and confusing for them to...
Installation Course January 2020 - Last Chance on Jan 16, 2020
Thursday, January 16th is your last chance to register for the Winter 2020 Video Surveillance Installation Course. This is a unique installation...
Favorite VSaaS Providers 2020 on Apr 17, 2020
VSaaS is starting to become mainstream but who are integrator's favorite? 200+ integrators told us their choices. The top choice? No one. But 4...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Remove Dahua and Hikvision Equipment "Immediately" Or Else Banned From US Government Contracts on Jul 10, 2020
The US government has directed contractors to remove covered equipment, such as Dahua, Hikvision, and Huawei Hisilicon products, "immediately." If...
ZeroEyes Presents Firearm Detection Video Analytics on Jul 09, 2020
ZeroEyes presented its Firearm detection Video Analytics system at the May 2020 IPVM Startups show. A 30-minute video from ZeroEyes...
Directory of 162 "Fever" Camera Suppliers on Jul 09, 2020
This directory provides a list of "Fever" scanning thermal camera providers to help you see and research what options are available. There are...
Clinton Public View Monitor (PVM) Mask Detection Tested on Jul 09, 2020
Face mask detection, or more specifically not wearing one, is expanding amidst the pandemic. Clinton Electronics has added this capability to their...
These Florida Real Estate Agents Are Now Selling "SafeCheck USA" Temperature Detectors on Jul 09, 2020
The "Kakon Brothers", William and Nathan, are self-described "south Florida Power Agents specializing in Luxury Real Estate" who "have closed over...
Avigilon ACC Cloud Tested on Jul 08, 2020
Avigilon merged Blue and ACC, adding VSaaS features to its on-premise VMS, offering remote video and health monitoring that was previously limited...
Hikvision's India Dominance Faces Threat on Jul 08, 2020
While Hikvision has become a dominant video surveillance provider in India, recent tension between the governments of India and the PRC is...
The US Fight Over Facial Recognition Explained on Jul 08, 2020
The controversy around facial recognition has grown significantly in 2020, with Congress members and activists speaking out against it while video...
Sperry West / Alibaba Tablet Temperature Measurement Tested on Jul 07, 2020
In April, we ordered a ~$500 temperature tablet from Alibaba. We set it to the side while doing 18 other temperature screening tests but, after...
Facial Recognition: Weak Sales, Anti Regulation, No Favorite, Says Security Integrators on Jul 07, 2020
While facial recognition has gained greater prominence, a new IPVM study of security systems integrators shows weak sales, opposition to...