Question about Conditional Offer of employment

Many of the places I have been interviewing at ha e these “No drug use within one year of or after your conditional offer of employment date” rule before you receive your COE.

I got a phone call and I’m expected to get one, but not to get too technical but what exactly is your “COE date”?

Is that when you first submit an application to for a position? When your COE paperwork actually arrives? Or is it the start date of your actual employment assuming you pass the clearance process?

I apologize if I made this sound confusing. I keep getting told different things by different sources.

The date of the letter offering the COE

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Concur. When they gave a dated COE…that is the date. Sounds like you are hedging timelines maybe?