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Become a Certified Turf Installer

The Certified Turf Installer-Landscape Program was developed by the STC to help promote industry-recognized best practices for landscape synthetic turf installation. For installers involved in landscape and recreation synthetic grass market, the STC Certified Turf Installer-Landscape (CTI-L) is THE industry recognized status for the professionals committed to industry guidelines and code of ethics. It's more than just a certificate on the wall - it's a testament to your level of investment in your profession that demonstrates your knowledge and skills for landscape synthetic grass installation best practices.


Demonstrate your commitment to the landscape synthetic turf industry profession


Separate yourself from the competition by leveraging and promoting STC Certification to your customers


Expand your skills and knowledge through continuing education


Receive national and local promotion through the online STC Certified Turf Installer-Landscape (CTI-L) Listing


Increase your bottom line through greater work efficiency

How to Apply

Through the STC CTI-L program, join hundreds of installers who are committed to advancing in landscape synthetic turf industry through education, industry guidelines, and greater efficiency.

Step 01

Select an upcoming Certified Turf Installer-Landscape (CTI-L) course (view the course calendar, here).

Step 02

Submit payment for the course. The course fee is $550 per person for STC Members, and $965 per person for Non-STC Members.

Step 03

Receive a passing grade of 80% or higher on the Certified Turf Installer–Landscape exam.

Step 04

Complete an Application for Certification and meet the minimum eligibility criteria and installation experience.

Step 05

Agree to abide by the STC Code of Ethics and have an acceptable business performance record.

Step 06

Be willing to voluntarily comply with all provisions of the Certification, including continuing education.

Course & Exam

STC Certified Turf Installer - Landscape Course & Exam
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  •  Hilton Irvine Orange County Airport Hotel

The STC will offer the Certified Turf Installer-Landscape (CTI-L) Course and Exam on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Hilton Irvine Orange County Airport hotel. Participants will attend a one-day classroom based course and take a 20-question exam. All participants must complete an Application for Certification and meet the minimum eligibility criteria and installation experience in order to be eligible for certification.

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Member Testimonials

There are many ways to be a good steward of your profession, one way is to always seek out learning and leadership opportunities. The Certified Turf Installer program is a great of example of this.  Becoming a certified individual gives you the chance to collaborate with other industry professionals while enhancing your knowledge and skill-set at the same time. This is a designation you can take back to your company which will allow you to stand out in a competitive field, but ultimately, one more way you can provide your customers the peace of mind that they are dealing with a respected and trustworthy professional.
- Brad Borgman, CPSI, CTI-L, Director of Sales, USGreentech
Professionalism. The CTI-L course outlines best practices and operational methods used to properly install synthetic grass. Understanding turf design, methods, regions, types and supplies is critical in the development of the industry. Learning from experienced installers, manufacturers, and peers increases one knowledge of their profession and skill. It's a must for anyone calling themselves a professional installer.
- Michael McCaskill, CTI-L, Owner/CEO, Turfscapes LLC

Renewal Process

The certification renewal process is essential to ensure continued professional development for those certified as synthetic turf installers. The STC qualifies the educational content of its Membership Meetings so certified landscape synthetic turf installers may earn continuing education credits. Requests for reprints of any certificates or IDs have a $25 reprint charge.

The STC will randomly audit its Certified Members to verify installation experience and continuing education. Those individuals who provide false evidence of installation experience or continuing education will be subject to suspension and revocation of certification.

Continuing Education

Once certification is awarded, all participants in the STC Certified Turf Installer Program must re-certify every two (2) years by earning eight (8) continuing education credits, including attendance to at least one (1) STC Annual Membership Meeting within their two-year certification term.

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If you attend a program that meets the following guidelines, the continuing education credits will count:

  • STC Annual (Fall) Membership Meeting (required)
  • Service to the STC (e.g. committee or task force, conference speaker)
  • Industry trade shows, workshops and seminars from associations, synthetic turf manufacturers, distributors, and industry suppliers
    • Topics must be related to synthetic turf installation, equipment, materials, safety, design, business, marketing, or administration skills
    • Programs must be a minimum of 60 minutes to qualify
    • Programs that are mainly promotional or product-related will not be accepted
    • Time spent at trade show exhibits does not qualify as continuing education