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About the Author and Instructor

Howard Kohnstamm

Video 
Security 
Systems (CCTV) 
Essentials


Howard Kohnstamm got his start in CCTV distribution in 1988 after a 20-year career in accounting.

He quickly discovered that most of his customers were self-taught or only received informal, on-the-job training.  There was a lack of formal CCTV training back then, so he asked a lot of questions and learned from his own and other’s mistakes  (“field research”).  What started out as an after-lunch talk on common mistakes evolved into this 16-hour course.


Since 1991, Howard has successfully trained individuals with as little as two weeks to over thirty-seven years of experience. He has a knack for explaining technical subjects in a non-technical manner while challenging all to gain the understanding of the proper “hows” and “whys”.


Howard has been an active committee participant since the idea of CCTV certification was initiated by the Security Industry Association (SIA) many years ago.  He was one of nine subject matter experts (SME) who developed the Video Security Systems practice analysis for the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET).


Kohnstamm is the co-author and editor of SIA’s Study Guide for NICET Video Security Technician Level I Certification.


He also has the distinction of being the only author and trainer who is an active systems integrator, served as a NICET SME and has passed all six NICET VSS Exams.