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Code Official Safety Specialist (COSS) Designation


The Code Enforcement Officer Safety Foundation is proud to offer an international Safety Specialist training program designed specifically for Code, Building, Fire, and Housing professionals. As the international 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 training program.


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


Upon successful completion of the entire COSS course, you will be directed to the ICC Credential of Learning Achievement (CLA) website to take a short exam and earn your ICC certificate and digital badge. Learn more at: Credential of Learning Achievement - ICC (

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Code Official Safety Specialist (COSS) Training 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)



  • Achieve your ICC Credential of Learning Achievement (CLA)

  • Official Certificate upon successful completion

  • Earn CEU's for ICC and NACA

  • 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

  • ON DEMAND - $250.00 (discounted price) per person

    • Full COSS Series - all 5 courses

    • Watch recorded content on your own time, download PDF workbooks, and take exams. Must complete entire 5 courses within 60 days. You may enroll at ANY time.

    • Then log-in to your ICC account to upload your certificate, pay a small fee, and take your CLA 1 hour exam.

  • LARGE GROUPS: Email Justin directly at

    • 100+ for the on-demand will be discounted. The more employees enrolled at once, the greater the discount.

    • In-person groups of 50+ is also discounted and includes cost of instructor and travel. Group just needs to provide the training venue. In-person training requires 2 full consecutive days (8 hours each including lunch break).

  • CALIFORNIA JPIA MEMBERS - This training is free for all agency members. Please email us directly to setup your online classroom account. 


"LOVED IT! So informative. My director has already asked me to let him know to send our other inspectors."

COSS Graduate

"I spent 35+ years in law enforcement and this training is incredibly comprehensive and presented in a very professional manner. Excellent training! My compliments and appreciation for your work."

COSS Graduate

"Let me say it was time and money well spent. Scott Kirshner, M.Ed., COSCI, SAS-AP® does a fantastic job of explaining the topics in a fashion that can be understood by anyone in code enforcement, whether that be a fire, building, or neighborhood inspector, whether commissioned law enforcement official or not."

COSS Graduate

"Excellent information. Thank you for stressing "just walk away" is NOT the answer."

COSS Graduate

"I really enjoyed the class. I worked as a Community Service Officer in a police department for almost 20 years prior to retiring, and never received half of what I learned in this class."

COSS Graduate

"The class is AMAZING!!!! It is truly fantastic for ALL skill levels. It brings so much light to subjects that so many don't teach or teach accurately/effectively."

COSS Graduate

"Excellent! Thought provoking. Inspired me to work daily to improve my safety at all times."

COSS Graduate

"We are utilizing this platform [COSS] for new hires prior to them going out on their own in the field. Thank you so much!"

COSS Graduate

"Great, informative information to use both in the field, home, in the office, while going to the store. This information has sharpen my knowledge to help me think and fight like heck if I have to save my life. Thank you."

COSS Graduate

"I am grateful my department has given us the opportunity for this training. The workbook really helps and can be useful throughout our careers."

COSS Graduate

"I wanted to say THANK YOU to your organization for providing safety classes along with the Code Official Safety Specialist. This past month, TX Building and Community Services employees achieved the Certified Code Official Safety Specialist designation."

COSS Graduate

"An outstanding class that gives great insight into how to de-escalate potential violent encounters."

COSS Graduate


Scott Kirshner, M.Ed., SAS-AP

Lead 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 training 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 COSS designation 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.

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