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Security and Access Control


Online Course Length: 8 hours | Course Price: $149
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Learn the principles of detection and protection system components, installation, and options

Online instruction covers key principles of security and access control systems. Topics discussed include cabling, components and wireless security systems, contacts and sensors for detection, fire protection, along with access control methods and locking mechanisms. This course provides the fundamentals and practical information needed for design, installation, programming and troubleshooting security and access control installation projects.


Students should be familiar with the concepts of home security and have basic knowledge of access control options.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Explain the technology principles and benefits of security detection/protection and access control systems
  • Identify different security contact and sensor types
  • Name different methods of access control
  • List steps to design, install, and set up a security system or access control system
  • Explain programming a security or access control system

Learning Process and Evaluation

Each student receives a user name and password that provides private and monitored access to the online course.
Progression through the course is managed through an LMS (Learning Management System).
Each course is divided into 10 to 14 sections and at the end of each section the student is given a Quiz consisting of 5 to 10 questions randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 100% is required to progress to the next section. The student is notified which questions are correct or incorrect. The student can then review the materials and answer the questions again. There are unlimited attempts at each Quiz.
Upon completion of all the course material and section Quizzes, the student is required to take a 25 to 40 question Final Test randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 80% or better is considered a passing grade and the student will receive notification of his score. A Certificate of Completion will be available for the student to print when the Final Test is successfully completed.

Course Outline

1. Course Information and Instructions

2. Introducing Security and Access Control

  • The Digital Home
  • Security and Surveillance Puzzle Piece
  • Security Defined
  • Access Control Defined
  • Security System Block Diagram
  • Elements of A Security System

3. Benefits of Security and Access Control

  • Safety
  • Convenience
  • Cost Savings

4. Safety, Tools, and Standards

  • Safety Considerations
  • Planning Tools
  • Rough-in Tools
  • Trim-out Tools
  • Testing Tools

5. Security System Technology

  • Security System Block Diagram
  • Elements of Security
  • Contact Fundamentals
  • Security Sensors
  • Safety Sensors
  • Input Devices/Keypads
  • Security Controller
  • Monitoring Services

6. Access Control Technology

  • Access Control Block Diagram
  • Input Devices
  • Access Controller
  • Locking Mechanism
  • Activation
  • Controller Software and Monitoring
  • Exit Mechanism
  • Remote Interface

7. Principles of Security Protection

  • Perimeter Protection
  • Exterior Protection
  • Keypads
  • Door Protection
  • Window Protection
  • Motion Detectors
  • Fire Protection
  • Gas Protection
  • Water Detection

8. Security Contacts and Sensors

  • Importance of Correct Sensor
  • Door Contacts
  • Window Contacts
  • Water Detection Contacts
  • Other Contacts

9. Designing a Security or Access Control System

  • Design Process Overview
  • Steps in the Design Process
  • Security System Example
  • Access Control Example

10. Installing a Security or Access Control System

  • Safety Warnings
  • OSHA and Permits
  • Phases of Installation
  • Time Frames for Installation
  • Pre-wiring Tasks
  • Trim-out Tasks
  • Final Installation Tasks
  • Programming
  • Testing the Installation
  • Customer Education

11. Final Installation of Security and Access Control Systems

  • Connect Devices, Outputs, and Interfaces
  • Support Documentation
  • Key Aspects of Customer Training

12. Programming Security or Access Control

  • Keypad Programming
  • Computer Programming
  • Types of Zones
  • Types of Arming
  • Pass Codes
  • Programming Examples

13. Troubleshooting Security or Access Control

  • Basic Troubleshooting
  • System Wide Troubleshooting
  • Loop Troubleshooting
  • Zone Troubleshooting
  • Common Problems in Wiring
  • Power Supply Problems
  • Modem Problems
  • Top Ten Security Problems
  • Testing Methods and Tools

14. Course Summary