The proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime, and to an improvement in the quality of life.


Our mission is to provide you with the best and most current training possible. With a hands-on approach we will help you gain the knowledge and confidence you need for you to implement CPTED in your city, neighborhood, park, downtown, school,  organization, or building.

CPTED strategies are ideal for Law Enforcement Officers, City Planners, City Managers, City Council Members, Architects, Security Consultants, Educators, or anyone involved in designing neighborhoods, schools, downtowns, buildings, or revitalization efforts. It is an effective way of combating crime and improvement in quality of life. The NICP Specializes in CPTED Training and offers the NICP’s CPTED Professional Designation (CPD).

For further information contact the NICP, Inc at or 864-608-4894 

Benefits of CPTED Training

Cities and Counties throughout the country are adopting CPTED ordinances requiring site plan reviews with crime prevention in mind. Law enforcement officers who are specially trained in CPTED are now working closely with Planners, Architects, City Officials, and Educators to ensure the proper design of structures, schools, and neighborhoods. Participants will learn how the design and use of the environment can control human / criminal behavior and reduce the fear of crime. They will learn crime prevention through natural means. How natural access control and natural surveillance decrease the opportunity for crime. Participants will learn the different aspects of lighting and its effects on human behavior. Participants will work together on a site survey and provide a group presentation of their results using CPTED strategies. They will learn the advantages of having a CPTED ordinance and how to construct and present one to lawmakers.

NICP's CPTED Professional Designation (CPD)


The National Institute of Crime Prevention’s Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Professional Designation (CPD) is available to those who successfully complete sixty-four hours of CPTED courses offered through the NICP. The designation is designed for a variety of professionals and provides the skills necessary to deliver comprehensive CPTED programs and assessments to local governments and private sector groups.

Earning the NICP’s CPTED Professional Designation (CPD)

To earn the NICP’s CPTED Professional Designation, a participant must successfully complete sixty-four hours of instruction offered through the NICP within two consecutive years. Course curriculum includes forty-hours of training in Basic CPTED and twenty-four hours of training in Advanced CPTED training:

  • Basic Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design is a forty – hour course which teaches a student the proper design and effective use of the built and social environment to achieve a more productive use of space and a reduction of crime. Along with plan review, report writing, presentation skills, lighting, planning & zoning, and behavioral management. This course will include a CPTED field assessment.

  • Advanced Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design is a twenty-four-hour course which will focus on specialized topics such as parks, public art, schools, terror mitigation, site plan reviews, and color & human behavior – all utilizing CPTED concepts and strategies.

Students must pass a written examination at the end of each course. Students must also conduct and submit a graded CPTED field assessment in the Basic course that is included in the final grade. Upon completion of the above requirements, the designation of CPTED Professional is awarded to the student by the NICP. The initial NICP CPTED Professional Designation is valid for a period of four years.

The NICP will maintain a national database for those participants that earn the CPD. Those participants that are interested can be included in a searchable database for organizations, agencies, or companies searching for CPTED professionals.

Designation Maintenance

To maintain the designation, a NICP CPTED Professional must successfully complete the sixteen hour CPTED Update course offered by NICP, which will include specialized topics. Upon completion of a CPTED Update course, the designation will be renewed for a period of four years from the date of the Update course.

Training On Your Schedule

The NICP's Online CPTED Courses are On Demand, Go at Your Own Pace, & there are No Deadlines for Completion.

Internationally Recognized

All of the NICP’s CPTED courses are open to participants worldwide and provides the opportunity to earn our CPTED Professional Designation (CPD). The CPD is recognized internationally and currently there are CPTED Professional Designation holders on six continents. Looking forward to adding Antarctica to the list!

Advantages of Online CPTED Training

  • Flexibility - The NICP’s Online CPTED training courses can be taken anytime, anywhere. This ensures flexibility in terms of time and effort.

  • Mobility - The NICP’s Online CPTED training courses can be taken anywhere there is an internet connection.

  • Cost Effective & Efficient - There are no travel expenses for the online training courses, and material can be studied at your own pace to meet your schedule and needs.

  • Online Support - The NICP provides support via online discussions, email, and scheduled meetings to support our students.

  • Easy Accessibility - The NICP’s CPTED course material is easily accessible through the online platform and can be reviewed even after the course is completed.

  • Curriculum and Learning Support - Module quizzes offers students the ability to understand where they stand in terms of knowledge. Students can review material and make corrections before moving on to new material. This helps better prepare students for the final exam.


  • Who can enroll in the NICP CPTED Training Courses?

    The NICP encourages anyone that is interested in learning about CPTED to attend the training. This includes: law enforcement and crime prevention officers, security consultants, city, park, & urban planners, architects, residents, neighborhood & economic redevelopment groups, landscape architects, school personnel, engineers, code enforcement, public art personnel, lighting & utility personnel, and traffic engineers.

  • What are the requirements for earning the NICP's CPTED Professional Designation (CPD)?

    The requirements for earning the NICP’s CPD are: • 64 Hours of CPTED training conducted by the NICP • 5 Day (40 Hour) Basic CPTED course includes a graded CPTED Field Assessment/Presentation & a graded exam • 3 Day (24 Hour) Advanced CPTED course includes a graded exam • The CPD is valid for a period of 4 years • To renew/maintain the CPD does require completing an NICP 2 Day (16 Hour) CPTED course every 4 years.

  • Is CPTED training from another CPTED training provider transferrable to the NICP to use toward earning the NICP's CPTED Professional Designation (CPD)?

    No. The NICP has established the curriculum and requirements for the CPD based on accepted professional standards for CPTED training. The NICP’s CPTED training includes graded assessments/exams that must be administered by NICP personnel. The NICP maintains the records and scores for those that attend the courses. The NICP maintains a searchable international database of CPD holders to provide to organizations, agencies, or companies searching for CPTED professionals.

  • What resources are required to take the online CPTED courses?

    A computer with internet access is required to take the online courses. For the assignments you will need to submit typed responses by uploading them directly into the assignment block on the platform. This can be done directly from a saved file or scanned document. For the CPTED Field Assessment in the Basic CPTED course you will need an approved site to conduct the assessment and will submit your findings as PDF in a presentation format such as PowerPoint.

  • Are any printed materials provided or required for purchase?

    No, all the material needed for the course is included in the online courses. Students will have continued access to the course materials even after the course has been completed - so it can be reviewed/referenced at any time.

  • Is there a required start date or end date for the online courses?

    The online CPTED courses can be started at any time, and there is no registration deadline. The course pace is set by the student and there is no set end date for course completion.