Code Officials safeguard the public health and safety through the development, enforcement and administration of Washington State building construction codes and standards adopted by the State Building Code Council, and ordinances at the county, city and town level. As employers and employees, our unified goal is to lead the way to excellence in building and life safety.

The Code Official Accreditation Program (COAP) was developed and adopted to: provide a holistic, structured, post-secondary education strategy; pass-on the collective skills, knowledge and acumen of Code Officials currently active in the industry; build a strong and resilient future generation of public servant leaders.


Promote the effective administration of construction codes in Washington State by supporting the development of professional administrative, technical, and customer services skills for permit technicians, building inspectors, plans examiners, and building officials:

  • Attract and retain entry level code officials that reflect the diversity of our communities
  • Improve proficiency in technical, customer service, and administrative skills
  • Establish a baseline of professional competency for public service staff
  • Develop and grow a pool of qualified and experienced Code Official professionals


Maintain the highest standards with students, committee members, instructor/mentors and our membership.

  • Value and reward open, honest two-way communication.
  • Be accountable for our conduct and our decisions.
  • Only make promises you intend to keep—do the things you say you’ll do.
  • If things change, let people know.
  • Avoid any actual or perceived conflict of interest.

Student Satisfaction - Consider the students in all we do.

  • Exceed the expectations of students.
  • Do what’s right for the student.
  • Treat students with care.

Leadership and Personal Accountability - Every member contributes to our success and should:

  • Run it like you own it.
  • Take prudent risks.
  • Lead by example.
  • Consider students, instructor/mentors, committee members and membership needs when making decisions.


  • Respect differences among students, instructor/mentors, committee members, and the membership.
  • Behave in a way that supports our association values.
  • Take advantage of different perspectives.
  • Support the diversity of our students, instructor/mentors, committee members, and membership.

Questions? Call Melissa (360) 628-8669 or email [email protected]