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CTI-L Certification FAQs

If you can't find an answer to your question on the STC website, please contact Melanie Taylor, STC Associate Director, at melanie@syntheticturfcouncil.org or call (443) 640-1067 x1142.

How do I get certified?

Installers seeking to become Certified Turf Installers-Landscape can get the complete information here. You need to take a Certified Turf Installer-Landscape Course by checking out the events calendar and signing up for any of the available courses. Make sure that you fill out and submit the required installation experience application form. If you pass the exam and have the required installation experience, you may be approved to become a Certified Turf Installer-Landscape (CTI-L).

How do I become an STC Certified Turf Installer - Landscape (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

To be eligible for Certification, the applicant must:

  • Have an acceptable business performance record;
  • Complete an Application for Certification and meet the minimum eligibility criteria and installation experience;
  • Complete the Certified Turf Installer - Landscape course;
  • Receive a passing grade of 80% or higher on the exam;
  • Agree to abide by the STC’s Code of Ethics; and
  • Be willing to voluntarily comply with all provisions of the Certification.

Once you have completed the above steps and receive your certification it will be valid for two years.  During each two-year term, you must complete 8 continuing education hours in order to renew your certification.

How does the CTI-L certification designation apply to my company?

It should be noted that your certification is a personal designation, earned by you through successful completion of the program. We must bring attention to the fact that it does not apply to your company as a whole. Please make sure that company electronic and print publications and documents reflect the personal and individual nature of your designation. In other words, it should indicate that you as a certified professional are a member of your company, not that the company itself is certified. If you have any questions regarding the use of your designation, please call the STC office headquarters at 443-640-1067.

Here are some examples of how to promote your designation:

  • I hold a Certification for the STC Certified Turf Installer-Landscape Course
  • I am an STC Certified Turf Installer for Landscape (CTI-L)
  • Our company employs a Certified Turf Installer for Landscape (CTI-L)
  • Our company follows STC’s best practices for installation

What is the basis of certification?

Certification approval is based on your passing exam score, review of your application and your pledge to abide by the terms and conditions of the Certified Turf Installer-Landscape Program Commitment Agreement.

What if I’m not an installer, but I want to take the course?

The course and exam is intended for experienced and qualified installers of landscape synthetic grass. If you currently do not meet the minimum installation experience requirements, you can wait until you do meet them, and submit your Application for Certification within two years of the course date. 

We will continue to work with our STC committee members to come up with new opportunities for individuals who want to take the course but don’t install (design professionals, industry sales representatives, etc.).

If you are not an installer, such as a design professional or sales representative, and are interested in taking the course for informational purposes, please contact the STC office headquarters at office@syntheticturfcouncil.org or call +1 (443) 640-1067. 

What if I am an installer, but I don’t meet the installation experience requirements yet?

If you install, but do not yet meet the installation experience requirements you are still welcome to take the course. If you currently do not meet the minimum installation experience requirements, you can wait until you do meet them, and submit your Application for Certification within two years of the course date. Your certification status will remain inactive until your Application for Certification is received and approved by STC administrators and your certification materials have been issued.

How far back am I able to go for my installation experience?

Installation experience should be within the past five years from the date the application is submitted.

What counts as installation experience?

Installation experience refers to active participation on-site in the installation of a landscape synthetic grass system. Do not include any projects on which work has not yet begun, or for which you were not actively involved on the job site.

I am renewing my certification, do I need to complete the Application for Certification?

The Application for Certification is required at the time of renewal in order to maintain an accurate database of certified individuals. Please note that your installation experience needs to be submitted only once. You will not be required to submit this application again.

How much Continuing Education do I have to complete?

During each two-year certification term Certified Turf Installers will need to complete 8 continuing education hours/credits, including attendance to one (1) STC Annual Membership Meeting. In most instances, one hour equals one continuing education credit. On average, the STC Annual Membership Meeting provides you with 4-6 hours of eligible continuing education programming.

What can I attend for Continuing Education?

All of STC presentations at the STC Annual Membership Meeting are pre-approved for continuing education, as well as a well as numerous member-sponsored presentations (typically provided by producer or distributor sales representatives).

View a full listing of continuing education programs that have been pre-approved by STC, here.

Not every program a Certified Turf Installer attends needs to be "pre-approved" in order for it to count toward CE credit; however, pre-approved programs have gone through a review and approval process, and are sure to meet STC’s guidelines for Continuing Education for Certified Installers.

If you are having difficulty finding programs near you, check with your local synthetic turf manufacturer sales representative or distributor to see if they are offering any continuing education programs. Let us know if you hear about them - we would love to see more programs added to the pre-approved list.

Additionally, if you know of any synthetic turf-related seminars, workshops, or presentations that you think should be approved for continuing education, please contact the STC office headquarters at office@syntheticturfcouncil.org, and we will review the content for approval of continuing education.

We will continue to work with our STC committee members to develop opportunities for online courses as well. 

Why do I have to do for Continuing Education?

Continuing education is an important part of a certification program. If an organization certifies a participant’s competency (earning a passing exam score and meeting a minimum amount of installation experience are the criteria determined for the STC Certified Turf Installer-Landscape certification program), the organization must also have a way to keep those who are certified up to date on changes in the industry and keep their training current. Continuing education is the most common way for organizations to accomplish this.

Where can I find courses?

You can find courses by checking out the events calendar. We have courses all over North America. Please check the events calendar to see if there is a course near you.

What’s the difference between membership and certification?

Membership belongs to the company. Certification belongs to the individual. It is the individual who is certified, not the company. Any company who does not have a Certified Installer on staff is not allowed to use the Certified Installer logo.

How do I qualify for STC Membership?

Companies seeking to join the STC as a Full member may apply online here. Upon receipt of your application and dues payment for the first year, the STC Board of Directors will review your application. If approved, we will forward your new member welcome materials and information on how to make the most of your STC membership.

Can I join after becoming certified as a Non-Member?

Yes.  Non-member participants may upgrade their status to a Full Member at any time during their two-year certification period. Refunds, credits, or discounts will not be granted to individuals who pay the non-member rate before joining.

What is the difference between STC Certified member companies and STC Certified Installers?

STC Certification is available to Full Member companies. It is not a technical certification but is intended to inform buyers and end-users of synthetic turf that the STC member company meets certain experience and customer satisfaction criteria. After one year of membership, a company may apply for STC Certification. For more information about this program, please visit: https://www.syntheticturfcouncil.org/page/Certification

The Certified Turf Installer-Landscape certification program was developed to promote industry-recognized best practices for the synthetic turf installation profession. Individuals who are presently installing landscape synthetic turf and meet the eligibility criteria and installation experience are eligible to apply for CTI-L certification.

Can I sponsor a course?

If your company is a member in good standing with STC, the company may sponsor an installer course. Please contact STC Office Headquarters for more information at 443-640-1067 x1142 or email office@syntheticturfcouncil.org.

How long is the certification good for?

Certification has to be renewed every two years and expires on December 31 in Year 2. Please check your expiration year and renew before your certification is up.

Can I have a reprint of my certificate/can I have my certificate re-issued?

Requests for reprints of any certificates or IDs have a $25 reprint charge. Please contact the STC office headquarters at office@syntheticturfcouncil.org to get any reprinted.

How long before I get my test results?

Your test results will be processed within 6-8 weeks after the materials have been shipped back to the STC Office.

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