The ICA Course Accreditation Program (CAP)

The International CPTED Association (ICA) has established a CPTED Course Accreditation Program (CAP), administered in a similar fashion to the long existing ICA CPTED practitioner certification program (ICCP). The Course Accreditation Program is developed and administered by the ICA, the first and only global professional organization representing CPTED practitioners and experts around the world. As such, CAP is built on the same core competencies within the ICCP. 

Background History

In October, 2015, the board of the ICA voted to investigate a CPTED Course Accreditation Program in which CPTED instructors or course developers may apply to the ICA for accreditation as an “approved ICA CPTED course”. The CAP is distinct from the well-established ICA CPTED Certification Program in which individual applicants apply to become a certified ICA CPTED Practitioner (ICCP).

CAP Review Board

Over the period of a year, an ICA Research Committee reviewed CPTED courses and practices in different parts of the world and assessed topics such as core competencies, depth of coverage, demonstration of competence, and methods of evaluation and administration. Committee members have extensive experience as CPTED instructors, professional educators, academics, and curricula developers. This resulted in the creation of the CAP program and the ICA board approved the program at the 2017 Annual Conference in Calgary. Members of that initial research committee now comprise the ICA CAP Review Board that will administer the program. The CAP Review Board is responsible for approving all submissions to the program and is comprised of experienced CPTED instructors within the ICA.

The CAP program is described in detail within the attached documents in the links below. Please review all these documents. As well, if you require the help of an assigned mentor to help you guide through the process, you may request this of the developer of the Program and CAP Coordinator Gregory Saville. Please contact us on and we will connect you with the CAP Coordinator.

CAP Overview - Class A and Class B

The full program description can be find in the CAP Program Overview document.

The core competencies needed for ICA course accreditation are the same competencies already approved within in the ICCP program, identified as units of instruction (Competency Units). The full details on the competency requirements and what is entailed, can be found in the Competency Units of Instruction document. 

The program provides for two classes of course accreditation:

  1. Class A in which an entire course can be accredited. This version is a full-course accreditation in which 8 designated core competencies are satisfied within ICCP; and
  2. Class B in which a course is approved to teach a single (or up to 7) core competencies from within the ICCP. This classification can apply to one larger course, or it can comprise a series of linked courses.

Accreditation of both Class A and Class B level curricula needs to be renewed every five (5) years.

Class A

An ICA CPTED accredited course at the Class A level must contain a minimum of the 8 units of the core competencies (see below). As well, the course should contain a field project that puts these 8 units of competency into practice. The field project does not need to result in actual implementation of recommendations at the completion of the course. However, the field project must include a written CPTED Project Report with the name(s) of students who completed the project and wrote the report.

Mandatory Competency Units for accreditation of Class A course:

  • Competency Unit #01  Define the scope of the task
  • Competency Unit #02  Work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Competency Unit #03  Undertake research in the nominated environment
  • Competency Unit #06  Apply knowledge of regulatory processes
  • Competency Unit #07  Analyze and assess conditions
  • Competency Unit #08  Compile written report
  • Competency Unit #09  Assess CPTED options
  • Competency Unit #11   Prepare a crime prevention/CPTED implementation plan

Course developers and all Instructors for Class A course need to be ICA members in good standing and hold active ICCP certification.

Class B

An ICA CPTED accredited course at the Class B level will contain one, or up to seven, units of core competencies. When applying for Class B accreditation, course developers or instructors may submit their curricula, lesson plans, and other documentation about any of the Core Competency Units that they wish approved.

For example, if an instructor wants to teach a CPTED course covering site reviews, safety audits, crime analysis, and other forms of CPTED site analysis, that instructor may apply for approval of Core Competency Unit #03 – “Undertake research in the nominated environment”.

Course developers and all Instructors for Class B course need to be ICA members in good standing.

Program Submitter Requirements

Application into the Course Accreditation Program requires the following:

  1. Full and current ICA membership by the course developer and course instructor(s);
  2. Compliance with ICA regulations and codes of conduct, as applicable;
  3. Payment to ICA of the application fee for course accreditation;
  4. Full and verifiable disclosure of all course syllabus, curricula, and other teaching materials, as applicable, to the ICA CPTED Course Accreditation committee;
  5. Agreement to allow the CAP Review Board to verify the course accreditation qualifications through interviews, surveys, audits or other means as determined by the ICA CAP committee;
  6. Agreement to include additional CPTED core competencies as they become relevant and approved by the CAP Review Board.

Note that all submitted material is considered confidential by ICA and will not be shared beyond the members of the Review Board.

Accreditation Process

In brief, the CAP is divided into three phases:

PHASE 1 - Application and Agreement

Program submitter needs to first fully complete and sign the Application and Agreement Form (PDF, Word), and then send it to ICA email or uploaded to the secure SUBMISSION LINK. The Agreement must clearly show the class level the program submitter is applying for. You can use electronic signature if completing an electronic version of Application/Agreement.

Total fee must accompany application. You must be an ICA member in good standing to apply for course accreditation. The fee structure is as follows:

Class A: CA$1000 complete course accreditation fee (payable in Canadian Dollars)

Class B: CA$300 accreditation fee per one competency (payable in Canadian Dollars)


Course accreditation is only open to ICA members in good standing and is payable using our electronic payment system below. Check payments in CA$ or US$ are also possible if electronic payment is not possible - contact us for more information.

Upon successful completion of the requirements course submitters will receive a certificate stating their class and date of accreditation. Course submitters and instructors will need to remain ICA members in good standing throughout the life of their involvement with the CPTED course. Note that successfully accredited courses will need to be renewed every five (5) years to retain the CAP accreditation status. 

Submit your payment in CA$ specifying the required amount (CA$1000 for Class A or CA$300/per competency for Class B):

PHASE 2 - The Checklist Matrix

The Checklist Matrix can be downloaded by successful applicants upon submission of the Application and Agreement form, and payment of the Accreditation fee. Note that the Matrix can only be downloaded once your status has been changed in our system - we will notify you once this occurs.

Further instructions will be provided on how to complete the Matrix and the required material if needed. The Matrix and supporting documentation will need to be submitted as instructed in Phase 3 below.

PHASE 3 - Submit the Matrix and Supporting Materials

All supporting documentation should be submitted through relevant upload links provided in the Checklist Matrix while the completed Matrix should be submitted using THIS LINK

PHASE 4 - Review of Submitted Materials & Notification of Outcome

Once the required documentation has been received, the CAP Review Board will assess the material and the extent to which the instructional curricula, lesson plans and supporting teaching methods satisfy the relevant core Competency Units. The applicant will be notified of the status of the review in the form of three categories: Approved; Not Approved; and Incomplete. All submitters receiving a Not Approved or Incomplete are welcome to make necessary changes and then resubmit for consideration within 3 months of being informed of the status of the review.

Resources and Information

Below you will find collated resources and information regarding the program. Please review these documents and contact us with any outstanding questions.

Applying for ICCP

Students who successfully complete either Class A or Class B and then apply for their own personal ICCP certification for professionals - individuals will receive credit for those relevant competencies.

  • In the case of Class A, ICCP applicants will be exempted from the Record Book process.
  • In the case of Class B, ICCP applicants will accelerate through the Record Book process.

In both cases the applicant must be a member in good standing with the ICA.

Find more information about the ICCP program in this overview document and review the information on the ICCP page.

Click here for Directory of ICA Accredited CPTED courses.

ICA Mission Statement

To create safer environments and improve the quality of life through the use of CPTED principles and strategies