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Become a Certified Turf Installer for Landscape (CTI-L)

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STC Certified Turf Installer-Landscape Course & Exam

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Hilton Irvine Orange County Airport Hotel
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (lunch will be served)

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Join the association for your regional landscape synthetic turf installation industry. STC is your resource for industry trends, networking and education. As the trusted voice of the industry, we work to promote and keep you informed on the industry interests.

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The Certified Turf Installer-Landscape Program was developed by the STC to help promote industry-recognized best practices for landscape synthetic turf installation.

Five Reasons to Become a Certified Turf Installer

  1. Demonstrate your commitment to the landscape synthetic turf industry profession
  2. Separate yourself from the competition by leveraging and promoting STC Certification to your customers
  3. Expand your skills and knowledge through continuing education
  4. Receive national and local promotion through the online STC Certified Turf Installer-Landscape (CTI-L) Listing
  5. Increase your bottom line through greater work efficiency

How to Apply

Steps to Become STC CTI-L

  1. Select an upcoming Certified Turf Installer-Landscape (CTI-L) course (view the course calendar, here);
  2. Submit payment for the course. The course fee is $550 per person for STC Members, and $965 per person for Non-STC Members. In order to receive the $550 member rate for your course registration, you must be an STC Full Member in good standing;
    • If your company is not an STC member and you would like to join today to receive the $550 course fee rate, simply complete the online membership application, here
    • Your first-year of STC membership dues are due with your membership application
  3. Receive a passing grade of 80% or higher on the Certified Turf Installer–Landscape exam;
  4. Complete an Application for Certification and meet the minimum eligibility criteria and installation experience;
  5. Agree to abide by the STC Code of Ethics and have an acceptable business performance record; and
  6. Be willing to voluntarily comply with all provisions of the Certification, including continuing education.

Download (PDF): STC Certified Turf Installer for Landscape (CTI-L) Application Package

Course & Exam

Certified Turf Installer courses and exams are offered at STC Membership Meetings in March and OctoberThe course is a one-day, certification-based course and exam for qualified individuals who are currently employed in the landscape synthetic turf industry seeking education on landscape synthetic turf installation. The course is in a setting to promote networking and personal interaction with the instructors and other qualified candidates. All courses conclude a multiple choice exam with a passing score of 80%. Students who earn a passing score on the exam will receive approval and a Record of Completion within 6-8 weeks after the exam. Please note that requests for reprints of any certificates (Record of Completion, ID card and Designation certificate) or IDs have a $25 reprint charge.

Upcoming Course:

STC Certified Turf Installer - Landscape Course & Exam

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Location: Hilton Irvine Orange County Airport Hotel
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (lunch will be served)
  • Registration Deadline:February 25, 2020

Fee Structure

STC Full Members $550 per person 
Non STC Members $965 per person
STC Membership $600 per company (based on gross revenues in synthetic turf)

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.

Please note that requests for reprints of any certificates or IDs have a $25 reprint charge.

Note: 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. Continuing education credits must be earned before the certification expiration date. Each individual is responsible for keeping track of continuing education credits they have earned, and maintain proof of attendance in case you are audited. If your certification has not yet expired, please expect to receive a renewal notice approximately three (3) months prior to your expiration date. If your certification has already expired, contact the STC office for a renewal application. Installation experience needs to be submitted to STC only once. If you have already submitted this information as part of your initial certification, you do not need to submit again. 

The following information should be included on each certificate of attendance provided by the program provider.

  • Program Title
  • Sponsor/Provider
  • Date
  • Length of Program (i.e. 90 minutes)
  • Minimum of Three (3) Learning Objectives

Continuing Education Tracking Form (PDF)

Tip: Every time you attend a continuing education program, write it down on your Continuing Education Tracking Form and keep the form in a file folder with your proof of attendance.

STC CTI-L Handbook

This handbook was developed to provide the information needed to earn and maintain CTI-L certification through the STC. Certification candidates and active CTI-L's are expected to become familiar with and abide by the certification policies and requirements as set forth in this handbook.

Handbook for Certified Turf Installer-Landscape (CTI-L) Program (PDF)


The STC Certified Turf Installer Program is intended to communicate industry guidelines to landscape synthetic turf installers for estimating, planning and executing residential and commercial projects and to educate individuals in applicable construction and general business practices for landscape synthetic turf applications. The STC recognizes only that a Record of Completion awarded to a participant conveys that the participant has completed the required course of instruction and earned a passing grade on the examination administered by STC at the conclusion of the course. For a participant obtaining Certification designation status, the STC recognizes only that the certificate holder has earned a Record of Completion and has also met the minimum eligibility requirements for installation experience. The STC exercises no control or direction over certified landscape turf installers and does not in any manner endorse, guarantee, or certify the performance or quality of services rendered or products used. The STC further disclaims any and all liability for injuries or damages to persons or property or for monetary damages arising out of or resulting from the failure of performance of services rendered or products used by an installer holding an STC certification or designation.


If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Taylor, STC Associate Director, at or call (443) 640-1067 x1142. 

Our Mission

To serve as the global forum to promote, develop, grow and advocate for the synthetic turf industry.

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Forest Hill, MD 21050

443. 640. 1067