Training On Your Schedule

The online CPTED Specialized Topics Course - CPTED Communities is On Demand, Go at Your Own Pace, & there is No Deadline 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 all continents.

Course Requirements

  • All course curriculum must be completed and section quizzes passed with a minimum score of 80%.

  • This CPTED Specialized Topics course includes 1 graded hands-on activity.

  • This CPTED Specialized Topics course concludes with a final exam - a minimum score of 80% is required to pass the course.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to CPTED Specialized Topics Course - CPTED Communities

    • Welcome to the NICP's CPTED Specialized Topics - CPTED Communities

    • CPTED Communities Course Agenda

    • How to Navigate This Course

    • CPTED Specialized Topics Course Survey

    • Important Technical Information About the Online Courses

    • Assignment Information

    • CPTED Library

    • CPTED Communities Module Quiz & Final Exam Review - PDF Version

    • CPTED Communities Module Quiz & Final Exam Review - Word Version

  • 2

    Module 1 CPTED Communities and Placemaking

    • Introduction to CPTED, Placemaking, Tactical Urbanism, and Design Guidelines

    • "The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces" William Whyte

    • Creating Community Places

    • Principles of Placemaking

    • Module 1 CPTED Communities and Placemaking Quiz

  • 3

    Module 2 CPTED Communities and Tactical Urbanism

    • What is Tactical Urbanism?

    • Transform Your City With Tactical Urbanism

    • Tactical Urbanism Examples

    • The Renaissance of Seattle's Alleys

    • Module 2 CPTED Communities and Tactical Urbanism Quiz

  • 4

    Module 3 CPTED Applications and Examples

    • Applying CPTED Concepts

    • CPTED Communities Project

  • 5

    Module 4 CPTED, Design Guidelines, and Urban Design.

    • What are Design Guidelines and Urban Design?

    • What is Urban Design?

    • CPTED and Design Guidelines - Examples

    • Module 4 CPTED, Design Guidelines, and Urban Design Quiz

  • 6

    CPTED Communities Final Exam

    • Certificate Information

    • The US CPTED Association

    • Specialized Topic - CPTED Communities Final Exam


  • How is the course material presented?

    The course information is presented as either a video or presentation with audio to provide greater detail. At the end of most modules there will be a short quiz that must be passed to move to the next module. There is one graded project included in the course. At the conclusion of the course there is a 25 question timed final exam.

  • Can this CPTED Specialized Topics course be used to renew the NICP's CPTED Professional Designation (CPD) credential?

    Yes, this 16 hour course qualifies as a renewal course for the CPD. Completion of this course will renew the CPD for four years.

  • Is completion of either the NICP's Basic CPTED and/or Advanced CPTED courses required to take this CPTED Specialized Topics Course?

    No, students are not required to complete the any other CPTED course(s) to take the CPTED Specialized Topics course.


President/Lead CPTED Instructor

Art Hushen

Art Hushen is the President/Owner of the National Institute of Crime Prevention (NICP, Inc.), a global training and consulting company specializing in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. (CPTED) The NICP maintains the nationally recognized CPTED Professional Designation (CPD) Program. Prior to the creation of NICP, Inc., Art was assigned to the Tampa Police Department’s Special Operations Bureau / CPTED Section where he was instrumental in the creation of the Department’s CPTED Unit and Tampa’s first CPTED Ordinance for the Westshore Business District, which is the largest Business District in Florida. He implemented the CPTED review process for the Tampa Parks Department Greenways and Trails Master Plan. He worked with the Tampa Housing Authority on their Hope VI program and was part of the task force implementing design guidelines. He completed the CPTED review process for the West Tampa Overlay District, East Tampa Overlay District, and the Tampa Lighting Initiative. Art also completed the City of Tampa’s Downtown Security Guideline requirements under the Mayor of Tampa’s Downtown Initiative. He implemented CPTED strategies into security and design reviews of commercial buildings, schools, multi family housing, and residential communities. Art implemented similar strategies in zoning ordinances, land use development, public transportation, and roadway design through traffic calming. He has conducted numerous CPTED site reviews and security surveys for the City ofTampa as well as for the National Institute of Crime Prevention. As President of NICP, Inc. he continues a similar process of implementing CPTED concepts and strategies at a national level through training programs and consulting with various government, private sector, and nonprofit groups. Through the implementation of the CPTED Professional Designation (CPD) Program the NICP has set a standard for professional recognition for those earning the CPD. Art received his Crime Prevention Practitioner Certification and CPTED Designation through the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute where he assisted in the creation of the Advanced CPTED program, the State standards for the CPTED Designation, Critical Infrastructure and CPTED, Making Schools Safe by Design program, CPTED for Hospitals, and Lighting for Safety He is the lead CPTED instructor for the Florida Attorney General’s Office specializing in Basic & Advanced CPTED, and Advanced CPTED Topics. Art is also an instructor for D-PREP, LLC specializing in Basic and Advanced CPTED. Art holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida. Art is the past Chairman of the Florida Design Out Crime Association (FLDOCA), Past Board Member of the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP), Past Board Member of the International CPTED Association (ICA) and is a member of ASIS International and previously served on the ASIS Physical Security Council. Art has conducted seminars and training through the United States and has been a guest speaker / trainer in Canada, South America, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Art is a recipient of the Florida Design Out Crime Association Lifetime Achievement Award.