Course description

Virtual Network Video Fundamentals is a comprehensive course that covers the essentials of network video — right from your home or office. This course will teach you a variety of skills from camera basics, to system design, to troubleshooting. Devices featured in this course include fixed domes, PTZ cameras, thermal cameras, network speakers and more.

This course is comprised of an online pre-course and a 2-day virtual classroom training. Students will complete the online course at their own pace before attending the virtual classroom portion whose experience includes 50+ practical demonstrations paired with real-world examples that reinforce key concepts from the online modules.

After the training, on a date of their choosing, students will preferably either take the Axis Certification exam at their local Pearson VUE testing center or remotely through OnVUE online proctoring.

Practical information

Format: blended learning (1. eLearning + 2. instructor led-training + 3. virtual instructor-led training)
Length:  8 hours (eLearning + virtual session) + 2 days (instructor-led classroom)
Language: English

Course outline

eLearning modules (must be completed prior to the virtual sessions):

  • Course information

Explains the setup of the course, with all modules ending with a quiz.

  • Introduction to networking

The main building blocks of a network.

  • Network video surveillance systems

System components: cameras, encoders, switches, routers etc. Also Power over Ethernet.

  • Camera optics

What light is and how a camera sees.

  • Bandwidth

Factors that affect bandwidth consumption, and actions for lowering it.

  • Image usability

How to achieve usable images: camera placement, resolution, pixel density etc.

  • Edge storage, input/output ports (I/O), analytics and thermal cameras

SD cards and failover recording. Typical input and output devices. How analytics can be used to pinpoint specific events taking place. Thermal camera technology.

  • Maintenance and support

Basic troubleshooting, and how to reach Axis technical support.

  • Cybersecurity

The most common types of attacks and how to mitigate them.

  • Axis naming convention

The information contained in the name of an Axis product.

  • Master quiz

The master quiz is a compilation of the module quizzes, including additional questions.


Virtual sessions:

Day 1


  • Welcome and introductions
  • M1: Basic camera setup 
  • Break
  • M2: How a camera sees 
  • Break
  • M3: What a camera sees 
  • Break
  • M4: The cost of bitrate


Day 2


  • Welcome
  • M5: The connected camera
  • Break
  • M6: System design and installation
  • Break
  • M7: Troubleshooting 
  • Break

M8: The power of integration

Course objectives

After completing all modules, participants will have gained a solid understanding of:

  • Describing the basic features and abilities of a network camera
  • Best practices of system design
  • Understanding bitrate and influencing factors
  • Troubleshooting common issues
  • Describing the basic roles and functions of devices in a network
  • Understanding light, including IR
  • Integrating legacy devices as well as new solutions

Participants will also be able to:

  • Connect and configure Axis network video products
  • Manage multiple devices

Who should attend?

System integrators and installers in the network video surveillance industry.


Registrants will be required to complete the Network Video Fundamentals online course (at your own pace, 6-8 hours completion time) before completing virtual instructor-led training.