This yii tutorial is a little bit more difficult than other captcha tutorial.

The scenarios, after 3 unsuccessful login attempts, the captcha box appear. User must provide correct captcha to verify they are not machine.

Here is the way to make it.
Step 1: We will add verifyCode attribute and add the captchaEnable in rule function

class LoginForm extends CFormModel {

 public $verifyCode;

 public function rules() {
 return array(
     array('username, password', 'required'),
     array('rememberMe', 'boolean'),
     array('password', 'authenticate'),
     array('verifyCode', 'captcha', 'allowEmpty' => !CCaptcha::checkRequirements(), 'on' => 'captchaEnable'),

Step 2: Edit actionLogin in controller

public function actionLogin() {

 $model = new LoginForm;
 if (Yii::app()->user->getState('login_attempt') > 3) { <span style="color: #38761d;">//make the captcha required if the unsuccessful attemps are more of thee</span>
  $model->scenario = 'captchaEnable';

 if (isset($_POST['LoginForm'])) {
  $model->attributes = $_POST['LoginForm'];

  if ($model->validate() && $model->login()) {
      Yii::app()->user->setState('login_attempt', 0); <span style="color: #38761d;">//if login is successful, reset the attemps</span>
  } else {  <span style="color: #38761d;">//if login is not successful, increase the attemps </span>
      Yii::app()->user->setState('login_attempt', Yii::app()->user->getState('login_attempt', 0) + 1);

      if (Yii::app()->user->getState('login_attempt') > 3) {
          $model->scenario = 'captchaEnable'; <span style="color: #38761d;">//useful only for view</span>

 $this->render('login', array('model' => $model));

Don’t forget to put yii captcha in action() function, if not, your application will not display captcha.
Step 3. Add one more condition in yii view.

<?php if ($model->scenario == 'captchaEnable' && CCaptcha::checkRequirements()): ?>