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Code Official Safety Specialist (COSS) Certification


The Code Enforcement Officer Safety Foundation is proud to offer an international Safety Specialist certification program designed specifically for Code, Building, Fire, and Housing professionals. As the national leader on Code Official officer safety and recognized by the International Code Council (ICC) as a Supporting Organization and Preferred Education Provider (#2696), the Foundation is excited to launch this international certification.


The Code Official Safety Specialist (COSS) certification is the first and only certification program offered to code professionals which specifically focuses on officer safety. The goal of this certification program is to provide Code Enforcement Officers, Building Inspectors, Fire Inspectors, Health Inspectors, and Housing Inspectors a minimum level of training and to provide foundational officer safety skills that lead to a certification. The Code Official Safety Specialist Certification sets the standard on officer safety and survival in the code enforcement profession. 


Upon successful completion of each course, which includes a quiz, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion. Participants who successfully complete the required 5 courses will receive an official certified Code Official Safety Specialist certificate and is then granted authorization by the Code Enforcement Officer Safety Foundation to use the acronym “COSS” after their name on business cards and correspondence. All required classes for the COSS certification need to be completed within a 12-month period.

For a list of certified COSS Professionals: Click Here

Code Official Safety Specialist (COSS) Certification Courses:

  1. Tactical Mindset - 3 hours (0.3 CEU's)

  2. Fear Management  - 3 hours (0.3 CEU's)

  3. Verbal De-escalation - 3 hours (0.3 CEU's)

  4. 3 Phases of a Contact - 3 hours (0.3 CEU's)

  5. Surviving a Violent Encounter - 3 hours (0.3 CEU's)



  • Code Official Safety Specialist certification upon completion of program requirements

  • Authorization to use the “COSS” acronym for those who become certified

  • Official Certificate upon successful completion

  • Certificate of Completion for each course

  • ICC credit for each course

  • State Association CEU's depending on state.

  • Each course is facilitated by a trainer with decades of experience in officer safety and survival

  • Handouts with activities

  • Professional growth and development

  • Commitment to officer safety


Download the PDF Flyer

  • Option 1: LIVE Webinar Series - $250.00 (discounted price)

    • Full Certification - all 5 courses

    • Class dates: Jan 12, Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23, & Mar 9

    • 12pm-3pm EST

  • Option 2: ON DEMAND - $250.00 (discounted price)

    • Full Certification - all 5 courses

    • Goes live December 1st - watch recorded content on your own time and take exams. Must complete entire 5 courses within 30 days.

  • Option 3: CACEO Course Recognition - $150.00

    • If you took the initial 4 classes (except for Verbal De-escalation) through the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers, CEOSF will recognize these classes for $25 each as an upload fee. You will still need to complete the 5th class - Verbal De-escalation, and quiz to get full certification for $50.00. Please email us to provide confirmation of the CACEO courses completed from the list above -

  • Option 4: In Person Course Recognition - $50

    • If you took this content through our approved 3rd party provider in person we will issue full COSS certification for a $50 upload fee. Note: ICC credit is not offered through this option.

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Live Webinar Series


On Demand Series

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CACEO Legacy

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3rd Party Upload Fee


Scott Kirshner, M.Ed., SAS-AP

Certification Instructor

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Scott Kirshner, M.Ed., SAS-AP is an accomplished trainer with over 30 years of experience. He has held many positions in the criminal justice system to include Parole Administrator, Supervisory Probation Officer, and Correctional Officer. As an officer survival instructor he was integral in the development and implementation of an officer safety curriculum for two large agencies. He served as a Certified Firearms Instructor, Lead Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Use of Force Instructor. He has facilitated classes on: Use of Force, Tactical Mindset, Situational Awareness, Verbal De-escalation, Crisis Prevention, OC Spray, Expandable Baton, Handcuffing, Searches, Safety Policies, Applied Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Low-Light Shooting, Force-on-Force, Judgmental Shooting, Active Killer Incidents, Surviving Violent Encounters, and other courses. He has received the Excellence in Training Award twice by the Arizona Supreme Court. Mr. Kirshner was a trainer in the Planning and Development Department working with a variety of code professionals and inspectors. He is the author of the book, "Officer Survival for Code Enforcement Officers" which is used by code professionals from all over the country.

Mr. Kirshner has worked with numerous municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. He has trained with the FBI SWAT Team – Phoenix Division, Phoenix Police Department, SureFire Institute, Proactive Training Institute, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Pima County Sheriff’s Office, and many other government and private agencies on topics to include: Officer Survival, Active Shooter Intervention, Force-on-Force Training, Shoot House Instructor, Law Enforcement First Responder, Building Clearing, Terrorism, School Violence, Workplace Violence, Flashbang Operator, Tactical Scouting and others. Mr. Kirshner is a member of the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Association.

Mr. Kirshner has received specialized training on the topics of: Sex Offenders, Domestic Violence Offenders, Mental Health Offenders, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Human Trafficking, Terrorism, Faculty Skills Development, Advanced Faculty Skills Development, and Curriculum and Lesson Plan Development. Mr. Kirshner has a Master of Education in Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Business. Scott Kirshner is President and Lead Instructor of Dedicated Threat Solutions LLC.

DISCLAIMER: The Code Enforcement Officer Safety Foundation (CEOSF) reserves all rights with its training partners and all training material is protected under all copyright laws, which includes but is not limited to, webinars, handouts, tests, manuals, and all other materials. Admittance into the certification program is not guaranteed and that the CEOSF can deny admittance to the program for any reason, with or without cause, at the discretion of the CEOSF Board of Directors. The CEOSF is not obligated to provide a reason for denial into any training program offered by the Foundation. CEOSF reserves the right to prohibit a person from attending CEOSF classes and revoking any and all certifications of a participant if the Board of Directors approves due to safety issues, ethical concerns, unprofessional conduct, etc. Course material is the property of the respective instructor. Users are not authorized to make copies of any course material or to provide copies to anyone. Users are not authorized to post copies of any course material online to include social media, file sharing websites, etc. Users are not authorized to email any course material to others. It is prohibited to record the webinars using any screen capture program, photography, video, or any other method. Violation can result in legal action to include revocation of certification and all other legal remedies available. The CEOSF, training partners, and Dedicated Threat Solutions, LLC. are to be held harmless for the course material and that the information is presented as is with no guarantees on the outcome relating to violent encounters or the ability to avoid violence. The Code Enforcement Officer Safety Foundation and Dedicated Threat Solutions, LLC makes no warranty or representation that the skills, techniques, principles, and methods taught in this training comply with all local laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances that may be applicable to persons utilizing same. The Code Enforcement Officer Safety Foundation and Dedicated Threat Solutions, LLC. assumes no liability for any bodily injury, loss, or damage caused by misuse or incorrect application of the skills, techniques, principles, and methods discussed in this program, or by the illegal or inappropriate use of same, whether or not such injury, loss, or damage is foreseeable.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: All sales are final and there will not be a refund. Customer may send someone else in their place or may attend the next class on the same subject if unable to attend.