Frequently Asked Questions

We are a non profit organisation. Costs are dependant on many factors including location, number of candidates, time of year and the need for accommodation. We will therefore provide a costed proposal. Just contact us at and let us know what your requirements are.
All our staff have to be qualified to work with us as either a tutor or assessor. This is a requirement of our awarding body, ProQual. We have to supply full details of staff and their qualifications to ProQual.
We only deliver qualifications that have been approved by our awarding body, ProQual, and have been registered and approved by Ofqual. This means that you have to provide evidence that you have learned the subject matter and can evidence a good level of knowledge in them.
Traditionally, a lot of ‘training’ has been delivered to candidates, where there is little or no knowledge check at the end of the course. Qualifications prove that you have reached a standard in your learning and development that is rewarded with a certificate. This qualification remains valid, even if you move to another department or employer.

Your previous certificates in Crime Prevention and Designing out Crime were the accepted requirement for operating within police circles as a CPO/ALO/DOCO. The new accredited qualifications deliver a recognised and regulated diploma in Crime Prevention – Designing Out Crime at level 5. Accredited qualifications represent an investment by employers, and they are portable in the workplace which means that the post holder can use their qualification even if they change roles or careers.

The Police Crime Prevention Academy (PCPA) is an Approved Centre for the Awarding Body, ProQual, and our qualifications are regulated by OFQUAL. The PCPA is committed to recognising prior experience and learning in Crime Prevention and Designing out Crime. Therefore we provide 2 pathways to obtaining recognition of that prior experience and learning:-

1. Pro Forma Pathway
Those who successfully completed the Designing out Crime course between January 1st 2016 and September 1st 2018 are required to:-

  • Repeat the online “Security Products” module and “Interpreting Plans and Drawings” modules and submit certificates evidencing a minimum 80% pass mark
  • Re-submit their original assignments and certificates evidencing successful completion of the course
  • Statements of support from Local Authority planning department and line manager
  • Participate in a professional discussion with the assessor

Portfolio Pathway
Those having successfully completed courses prior to January 2016 are required to:-

  • Complete the online e-learning modules “Security Products” and “Interpreting Plans and Drawings” and submit certificates evidencing a minimum 80% pass mark
  • Submit copies of their original certificates of successful completion of the Designing Out Crime/Architect Liaison Officer course
  • Complete and submit a portfolio as required for the RPEL Level 5*
  • Participate in a professional discussion with the assessor
  • Statement of support from line manager

* The portfolio will require you to submit a number of assignments, including 2 site surveys; an explanation of the DOCO role and relationships with appropriate partners; details on dealing with a problem area; and partnership meeting notes to support your evidence.

The PCPA runs a level 3 certificate in Crime Prevention – an Introduction. This 3 day qualification is aimed at those whose role includes providing general crime prevention advice. It will also add value to existing roles that involve engagement with local communities by enabling crime prevention advice to be offered alongside the main service to help reduce the potential for victimisation and the fear of crime.
Our trainers are skilled at helping you through the course material and fully understand the need for flexibility in their approach to your learning experience. You will be provided with preliminary course material to work through and prepare you for the classroom phase of your chosen course. Following the classroom phase you will need to complete a portfolio of work over a period of time. This portfolio consists of written assignments and reports all of which are relevant to your everyday work specialisms. So, in other words, it’s really writing up what you do for a living!
We do a range of courses from level 3 to level 5. The level 3 course is an introduction to crime prevention and is usually delivered locally upon request. The level 4 in Crime Prevention for Practitioners is a nationally run course, usually held in the Midlands and run twice yearly. The level 5 diploma in Crime Prevention – Designing out Crime is run, again in the Midlands, on a yearly basis. There is some flexibility in these arrangements, please contact for more information.
We appreciate how very committed and busy the role in crime prevention can be. One of the caveats of your organisation agreeing for you to do the qualification is that you are given the time to complete the pre and after course work. It is a very necessary part of the programme of learning and enables you to demonstrate your individual capabilities, skills and experience in the field of crime prevention.
The PCPA welcome applications from all relevant areas of community safety, security, law enforcement, local authorities, environmental health, planning, etc. Each individual brings their own perspective to collaborative approaches to reducing crime which enhances the learning experience for all concerned.