Institute for Design and Construction

Florida Atlantic University

Designing Safe Communities with CPTED

CPTED, or Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design is a holistic approach to design security into the built environment and make it more resilient and unattractive for incivilities, crime, violence, and terror. CPTED is based upon the concept that proper design and effective use of the built environment, can lead to a reduction in both the incidence and fear of crime (predatory stranger to stranger crime, and terrorism), while improving the quality of life (where we live, work, and play). CPTED strategies developed from this multi-disciplinary approach have been adopted by numerous professional organizations, and cities, internationally. Designing Safe Communities with CPTED is a class that reflects the most current knowledge and practice of crime prevention into the built environment, and directly applicable to today's world of threats and vulnerabilities, including street crime, workplace violence, and acts of terrorism.

Taught by America's premier CPTED trainer, Dr. Atlas is a registered architect, criminologist, ASIS International Certified Protection Professional, and International CPTED Association CPTED Certified. This course represents the most complete and comprehensive collection of CPTED information to be readily accessible to the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, security, property management, education, and law enforcement communities. Facilitating understanding across different fields, this course explains the architecture process to security directors, and the security design risk assessment process to architects.

Providing step-by-step guidance for applying real-world concepts, principles, and practices on building security and CPTED, the course starts with the risk threat assessment and considers the relevant factors and variables, all the way through design, construction, and post-occupancy evaluation. Highly relevant to critical infrastructure protection, this course demonstrates CPTED implementation in high-security environments, as well as public and private sector buildings, parks, hospitals, shopping centers and retail environments, single family and multi-family housing, mixed–use environments, banks and ATMs, universities and schools. The course addresses specialization in security system design and planning, crime prevention, blast mitigation, chemical, biological, and nuclear threat protection. Participants will learn how to design, and apply the principals and practices of CPTED, and how spaces and planning influences behavior of the uses and users of facilities. Participants will have practical exercises and case studies, ultimately earning their Basic CPTED Practitioner certificate.

The course is a practical and realistic resource guide for architects, security directors, planers, law enforcement, Homeland Security professionals, building and property managers. Designing Safe Communities with CPTED addresses how CPTED is applicable to critical infrastructure protection, in the continuing effort to protect against growing threats against our homeland security.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive their designation as a CPTED Practitioner, and will have done hands-on practice in conducting CPTED assessments, plan reviews, and field-work. The Designing Safe Communities with CPTED course includes forty-hours of instruction in Basic and Advanced skills in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). The course provides recipients with their CPTED Practitioner certificate that is accepted in Broward County, the State of Florida, and recognized nationally, and internationally.

Required Text: (available through the publisher: Atlas, Randy. (2013) 21st Century Security and CPTED. 2nd Edition. CRC Press. Taylor and Francis Group. Boca Raton.

Course Cost:$600

Persons completing the course are qualified to apply to the International CPTED Association, for CPTED certification, and the course fulfills a good portion of the required core competencies.

This course is not for college academic credit, but strictly for continuing education learning units. If you are interested in taking it for college credit please contact the FAU Office of Admissions for admission to the university and to register for the college credit course.

This class is worth the following CEUs

Architects = 30 AIA LU/HSW/SD & State of Florida DPR
Landscape Architects = 40 State of Florida DPR
Planners = 17 AICP CM credits
Security Professionals = 40 CEU Credits from ASIS International

Course is certified by:
Quality Matters eLearning Course
International CPTED Association


This course is not for college credit. If you are interested in taking it for college credit please contact the FAU Office of Admissions for admission to the university and to register for the college credit course.

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Content Last Updated on: January 7, 2015