In this interactive 3 month LIVE ONLINE course, you will learn how to: 

  • Understand the essentials of CCTV system
  • Install and commission simple CCTV system
  • Design a CCTV system
  • Maintain CCTV cameras
  • Define the differences between analogue and digital CCTV
  • Apply the CCTV lab test charts
  • Compare the standards used in CCTV
  • Networking simple digital CCTV system
  • List the differences between wire and wireless video transmission
  • Identify the security issues in CCTV
  • Outline the main steps in maintenance and commissioning of CCTV


Course Details


The objective of this course is to give you practical know-how in designing, installing, commissioning, maintaining and troubleshooting analog and digital CCTV systems. The poor quality of CCTV images often seen, does not inspire much confidence in the technology. However the purpose of this course is to ensure you apply best practice in all your work with CCTV systems. With the recent terrorist outrages in London, Paris and other cities, CCTV systems have been essential as a key tool in fighting crime. And have perhaps shifted from being part of "Big Brother" to a useful tool. CCTV systems have undergone a remarkable technology transformation in the past decade from analog to digital and in operating on a wireless or cabled network, with a host of additional features. This has made the design and maintenance considerably more complex.

This course provides you with useful expertise in building and maintaining a high quality CCTV system. The program commences with a detailed review of the fundamentals, progressing to optics and TV systems. Modern CCTV cameras and monitors are then examined followed by a review of video processing equipment and analog video recording. The vital changes from the analog to digital world are then examined in considerable depth. The essentials of networking as applied to CCTV systems are then discussed with practical examples. The course is concluded with best practice in CCTV system design and commissioning and maintenance.


MODULE 1: Light and Optics

  • Human eye and light
  • Sources of light
  • Eye persistence - motion pictures
  • Comparison between eye and camera
  • Optical elements
  • Basics of a lenses
  • Types of lenses
  • Lenses as applied in CCTV

MODULE 2: Transmission Media

Wired communication media

  • Coaxial cables
  • Twisted pair video transmission
  • Fibre (or fiber) optics
  • Fibre optics cables
  • Fibre optic link analysis


Wireless communication

  • Microwave links
  • RF wireless (open air) video transmission
  • Infrared wireless (open air) video transmission
  • Installation techniques

MODULE 3: Fundamentals of Television

  • Working of television
  • Video and television signals
  • Picture resolution
  • Television synchronization
  • Instruments commonly used in CCTV

- Oscilloscope
- Spectrum analyser
- Vectorscope


MODULE 4: Cameras for CCTV

  • Types of cameras
  • Charge Coupled Device (CCD)

- Sensitivity and resolution of the CCD
- Types of charge transfer in CCDs)

  • Parameters of camera
  • Working of a camera
  • Camera voltages

MODULE 5: CCTV Monitors

  • Cathode ray tube monitors
  • Monitor sizes, safety and adjustments
  • Recommendations for better viewing
  • Other displays

MODULE 6: Recording Technology

  • Principles of video recording
  • Analog recording
  • VCR, VHS and their limitations
  • Maintenance of a VCR
  • Digital video
  • Standards
  • Elements of a picture
  • Compression in video recording
  • Facial recognition
  • Digital recording media and computers
  • Information security
  • MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure)

MODULE 7: Switching and Multiplexing Equipment

  • Need for switching
  • Switching equipment
  • Quad splitters
  • Video multiplexers
  • Video Motion Detectors (VMDs)

MODULE 8: Networking Technologies

  • Network concepts and components
  • Ethernet
  • Network topologies
  • OSI reference model
  • TCP / IP
  • Networking equipment
  • Wireless networks

MODULE 9: Telemetry Control

  • Control types
  • Control signals in CCTV
  • Telemetry equipment
  • Data communications

MODULE 10: Supporting Equipment for CCTV

  • Mounting equipment
  • Pan/tilt units
  • Lighting
  • Monitor brackets

MODULE 11: Design Considerations

  • Need analysis
  • Selecting equipment according to the requirement
  • Drawings - CCTV symbols
  • Installation
  • Camera protection

MODULE 12: Commissioning and Maintenance

  • Commissioning
  • Training
  • Maintenance

Learning and Teaching

Benefits of eLearning to Students

  • Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
  • Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
  • Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
  • Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
  • No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
  • Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Learning Support Officer for the complete duration of the course
  • International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice 

Benefits of eLearning to Employers

  • Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
  • Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
  • Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
  • International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students


How Does it Work?

EIT eLearning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Learning Support Officer.

Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.

These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.




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