Complete CPTED Certificate Training – Virtual

May 17, 2023 - May 19, 2023 EST


The Complete Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Certificate Training is a three-day course that focuses on understanding the relationship between the physical environment and criminal opportunities.

Become Certified in CPTED

The program provides opportunities for professionals, city planners, developers, landlords, business owners, and law enforcement to become certified in CPTED and be able to: 1) evaluate streets, buildings, and neighborhoods from their vulnerability from crime, 2) conduct safety audits to and give recommendations to enhance the safety of specific buildings, 3) conduct safety audits to specific street segments and/ or neighborhoods.


CPTED training is a three-day course that focuses on understanding the relationship between the physical environment and criminal opportunities.  Participants will be introduced to theories on crimes, offenders decision-making process in relation to the physical environment and principals of CPTED.  Instruction will be a combination of lectures, in-class exercises/ assessments and a field assessment.  Specifically, the training will contain the following:


  • Theories in criminology (Rational Choice Theory, Routine Activity Theory, Situational Crime Prevention).
  • CPTED Background/ Principals (Surveillance, Access, Territoriality and Maintenance).
  • Lighting.
  • Color Psychology/ materials.
  • Traffic calmers.
  • Terror mitigation.
  • Use of art.
  • Public restrooms, parking lots/ ramps.
  • Use of charrettes in community engagement to reduce crime.

In-class exercises

Park assessment, school assessment and apartment assessment.

Case Studies

Bank robberies, convenient stores, car theft, residential homes, emergency departments/ hospitals, schools, university buildings, parks, and correctional facilities

Class Projects

Two field assessments: Park Field Assessment, and a building assessment

Final exam

A final exam is required to complete the training and will be multiple choice.


No prerequisite is required.


Day 1: 10:30am-6:30pm (one hour lunch on your own)

Day 2:  10:30am-6:30pm (one hour lunch on your own)

Day 3: 10:30am-6:30pm (one hour lunch on your own)

Times listed are Eastern Time Zone.


Linda Nubani is an assistant professor of interior design and the coordinator of the CPTED program in the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University. She holds a PhD in Architecture (with a focus on Criminology) from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2006), and Master’s degrees in Architecture from the University of Michigan (2003) and the University of Cincinnati (2001). Nubani has over 18 years of professional practice and university teaching experiences.  She has a strong passion in the topic of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). She has been an international speaker on this topic and has been working with various communities in the State of Michigan in conducting CPTED-based workshops to address combatting crime through design strategies. Nubani received her CPTED certification from the National Institute of Crime Prevention (NICP) (Expires Feb 2024).  She is also a member of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), the International CPTED Association (ICA), the National Crime Prevention Association (NCPA) and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

Linda Nubani

Linda Nubani

Assistant Professor, Interior Design; Program Coordinator, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Program