Crime Prevention through Environmental Design

SAP302 – 40.00 Hours


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08/12/24 – 08/16/24 Dallas, TX LS SAP302 31 $625.00 Register

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received confirmation of the class prior to the class start, please contact the division at (800) 423-8433 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

Officer with cameraThis 40-hour Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) practitioners’ course, is accredited by the International CPTED Association (ICA). CPTED is a multi-disciplinary approach of crime prevention that utilizes urban planning and architectural design, in conjunction with the management of man-made and natural environments, to better support the use of the built environment and community participation to improve the quality of life in communities. CPTED strategies aim to deter opportunistic criminal activity, reduce victimization, and build a sense of community so that individuals can maintain control over, and promote legitimate use of spaces, reduce crime, and minimize the fear of crime. This course will enable participants to apply these strategies and principles to create safer and sustainable communities. The goal of this comprehensive training is to give the attendees the skills to review plans and drawings, analyze the threats and problems, get collaborative input by key resource persons, develop strategies that create safer environments, and improve the quality of life.

CPTED is used to alter and expand the participant’s perception of the immediate physical and social environment. By altering the perception of the physical environment, the participant will be more capable of understanding the direct relationship of the environment to human behavior, and to crime. An understanding of the design, management, and effective use of the built environment is the first step to increasing the probability of success of the community’s efforts in reducing crime and incivilities.

This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements for TEEX Crime Prevention through Environmental Design course #78056. The course is accredited under the ICA’s Course Accreditation Program (CAP) – Class A. Any candidates completing this course will be exempt 8 (out of 11) competencies, should they wish to pursue CPTED Certification under the ICA’s Individual CPTED Certification Program (ICCP).

Participant Testimonials:

  • “This course would be perfect for any professional that regularly deals with local ordnances or codes.”
  • “The instructors are extremely professional and well versed in [the] CPTED arena. Their teaching style promoted class participation between students.”


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Participant Must Provide

  • A photo identification on the first day of class. See the Participant Handbook for approved forms of identification and additional guidelines.
  • Laptop or tablet

Attendance Requirements

Class attendance is an essential part of the education process, and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises. The course requires participants to attend a minimum of 100% of the class hours as a component of successful course completion. During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance requirement, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed.

In some cases, make-up work will not be available (due to equipment/facility needs and/or safety/teamwork components or activity setup/facilitation/requirements).

Participants in a TCOLE credit eligible course must complete the class in its entirety to receive a TEEX Certificate of Completion and be reported for TCOLE credit.

If you have additional questions, please refer to the TEEX Participant Handbook.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • What CPTED is and the theory behind it
  • Basic CPTED strategies – access control, surveillance, territoriality, legitimate activity support, management and maintenance strategies
  • CPTED classifications and approaches – organized, mechanical, natural
  • Understand the CPTED assessment and survey process, including the function and location of the different types of data
  • Know how to assess the crime potential within the different types of environments
  • How to identify and analyze crime conditions and safety/security hazards by conducting a CPTED survey
  • Develop comprehensive plans to prevent environmentally induced and opportunistic crimes
  • How to assess the security liability in the built environment, and how to reduce premises liability
  • Examine the impact of traffic calming and mitigation requirements such as: road closures, barricades, gatehouses, and traffic calming in neighborhoods
  • Learn the practical applications of lighting towards improving surveillance
  • Learn the 3-D concept of Definition, Design and Designation, and the CPTED Matrix
  • Learn the applications of CPTED in schools, multifamily housing, commercial and mixed-use environments, parking environments
  • Learn to read and interpret architectural plans and drawings, and understanding the architectural design process
  • Learn about and discuss critical infrastructure protection
  • Regulatory process regarding CPTED and security ordinances, building codes, best practices and standards

Suggested Audience

  • Law enforcement and non-commissioned personnel
  • Public officials, Building, Planning, Zoning, and Fire Department Officials
  • Strategic planning and decision makers
  • Architects, Urban Planners, Landscape Architects
  • Security Professionals
  • Homeland Security
  • Other community members involved in crime prevention services

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

Note: Live Online Instructor-Led (webinar) courses are not eligible for TCOLE credit.

  • 40.00 hours – Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
  • 30.00 hours – American Institute of Architects Health, Safety and Welfare (AIA LU/HSW)
  • 17.00 hours – American Institute of Certified Planners Certification Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • International CPTED Association Accredited, Class A (ICA Class A)
  • ASIS International for Security Professionals

Contact Information

Institute for Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence
Phone: (979) 845-6677 | Toll-Free: (800) 423-8433
Email: [email protected]


TEEX News Release about City of Dallas collaboration to institute CPTED program

TEEX News Release with Randy Atlas where he shares his expert knowledge of CPTED in an interview with TEEX.

Payment Info

  • Credit Card – Complete online registration or call (979) 845-6677
  • Purchase Order – Complete registration form and send to [email protected] or fax to (979) 862-2788
  • Check – Complete registration form and mail to: TEEX – ILEPSE, P.O. Box 40006, College Station, TX 77842