ICA Course Accreditation Program for Course Developers (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.

CAP program is copyrighted by the ICA.

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Contact us: ica.cap@cpted.net

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).

Read the CAP White Paper that led to the creation and approval of the CAP.

CAP Review Committee

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 proposal for the program at the 2017 Annual Conference in Calgary. Members of that initial research committee now comprise the ICA CAP Review Committee that will administer the program. The CAP Review Committee 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 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). This means that CAP-accredited teaching material should include the content material expected of a CPTED practitioner outlined for a particular Competency Unit. 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 three (3) 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/project
  • Competency Unit #02  Work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Competency Unit #03  Undertake research in the nominated environment
  • Competency Unit #04  Read and interpret plans and drawings
  • 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

Students choosing to apply for ICCP status will also need to complete an additional CPTED field project that they complete following, and independent from, their Class A CPTED course. That additional CPTED project/project report will likely include many core competencies, but it MUST also include the core Competency Units that were not part of the Class A course – these include:

  • Competency Unit #05  Read and interpret plans and drawings – Advanced
  • Competency Unit #10  Apply CPTED principles in a specialist setting
  • Competency Unit #11   Prepare a crime prevention/CPTED implementation plan

This project must be conducted within 2 years following the Class A course.

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 Committee 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 Committee.

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

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 CAP 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 three (3) 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):

If a refund is requested, a 3% fee charge will be deducted from the refund amount.

PHASE 2 - The CAP Matrix

The CAP Competency Unit Requirements 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.

You will be requested to address the following requirements for each competency unit that you're applying to have accredited (All 8 units in case of Class A): (1) Teaching material, (2) Instructional approach, (3) Teaching time allocated, and (4) Evaluation method. This will include a brief description of each of the 4 requirements to explain how the relevant competency (and teaching of that competency) is being addressed in your course, and attachment of supporting documentation where relevant. Please refer to the CAP Competency Units of Instruction document for more information on each Competency Unit.

Further instructions will be provided on how to complete the Matrix and the required material if needed.  

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

PHASE 3 - Review of Submitted Materials & Notification of Outcome

Once the required documentation has been received, the CAP Review Committee 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.

Once the process is completed and accreditation awarded, successful submitters will receive an ICA course accreditation logo and sign an accompanying logo release form. Course Instructors teaching the accredited course will be required to display the logo on their teaching materials so that students will be aware they are taking an ICA Accredited Course with a streamlined pathway to ICCP certification (see below).

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.

A Pathway Towards Personal ICCP Certification (CAP Stream)

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. Note that application needs to be submitted within 2 years following their ICCP course.

  • In the case of Class A, ICCP applicants will be exempted from the Record Book process (assuming they have completed the additional project requirement).
  • In the case of Class B, ICCP applicants will accelerate through the Record Book process (e.i. they will be exempt from completed Competency Units).

In both cases, Instructors need to advise students that when they successfully complete the course, they will need to provide the following to apply for ICCP Certification Pathway via "CAP stream":

  1. Letter of Approval - Evidence of successful completion of Class A/B course, including written recommendation from the Lead Instructor;
  2. Project Report from additional project(s) - In addition to successful completion of a CPTED project during the Class A course covering all 8 core competencies of that course, ICCP candidates will also need to show us a project report(s) from the project(s) they completed as a Primary CPTED Practitioner following Class A course that integrates all 8 competencies from Class A course. A short description of how these competencies were applied in the project might also be required. If the evidence is sufficient, the applicants will qualify for ICCP-Basic certification. The candidates completing a Class B course need to adequately demonstrate competency in all the remaining competency units not covered in the Class B course by submitting the Record Book for ICCP applicants and project report(s) that demonstrate application of those competencies.
  3. Description of the remaining 3 competencies (ICCP-Advanced applicants only) - For ICCP-Advanced certification applicants who took the Class A course, the remaining three competencies (#5, #10 and #11 - see above under "CAP Overview") also need to be demonstrated in the submitted project report(s) and their description in lieu of the Record Book. This description needs to explain how the competencies were acquired, where is this evident in the project(s) or documentation. In case of Class B, the Record Book needs to be completed and documentation presented for all the remaining competencies.  

At the end of the process, ICCP candidates will also need to undergo an exam as described on the ICCP page

The ICCP 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.

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