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International Credential of Learning Achievement Developed

The Foundation and the International Code Council launched an international Credential of Learning Achievement on Code Official Safety. The International Code Council recently launched its first credential dedicated to the safety of Code Official personnel. The Code Official Safety Credential of Learning Achievement (CLA), developed in collaboration with the Code Enforcement Officer Safety Foundation (CEOSF), will educate code officials and inspectors in all disciplines with officer safety skills that set the standard in the code enforcement profession.


November 18, 2022 - The Code Official Safety CLA assessment will be offered via the Code Council’s Proctored Remote Online Testing Option (PRONTO), which will verify subject matter comprehension and competency. The Code Council’s PRONTO examinations are available 24/7, scheduled up to 45 minutes in advance and utilize advanced exam security features.


The assessment will be based upon training that has been developed by CEOSF, who is an ICC Preferred Education Provider. The Code Official Safety Specialist (COSS) training is comprised of five courses totaling 15 hours of officer safety training. The CLA is granted to those individuals who successfully complete the five training courses and pass the Code Official Safety assessment.


“We are committed to supporting those individuals who dedicate their careers to ensuring that our buildings and communities are safe,” said Dominic Sims, CBO, Code Council Chief Executive Officer. “The Code Council and CEOSF have a shared commitment to promoting the safety of code officials, and our combined efforts to develop this new CLA will provide further resources to support the profession.”


“Since last year, the Code Council and CEOSF have continued to collaborate together to improve the safety of code officials across the globe. This CLA sets the standard for personnel safety training in our profession. The topics covered in this training are pertinent to all code professionals, whether they work in the field or in the office. CEOSF is excited to provide important and relevant safety training for this new CLA assessment,” stated Justin Edson, CEOSF President.


What Changed


The Code Official Safety Specialist (COSS) training program launched in June 2021. This was its own certification program through CEOSF and could earn ICC CEU's. Starting in January 2022, a committee of Building and Code professions from across the country came together to help the Code Council develop an international exam based on the content of the COSS training program. In November 2022, the new Credential of Learning Achievement (CLA) was launched.


Previous COSS graduates could log into their MyICC, upload their COSS certificate, pay a few, and take the exam to earn their CLA. Since the launch of the CLA, the on-demand videos and workbooks have been updated and there are no longer any quizzes during the training.


New students will watch the trainings, download the workbooks, and then be directed to ICC to take their CLA exam (for an additional fee). Now students can 1.5 CEU's and then go on to achieve their CLA and digital badge! The COSS program is now international!

Learn more about the COSS training by visiting our training page.

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