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STC Certified Turf Installer - Landscape Course & Exam

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Location: The Westin Cleveland Downtown
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (lunch will be served)


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Overview

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

Please fill out this form to download the STC Certified Turf Installer for Landscape Application Package (PDF) »

Certification Requirements

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

Course & Exam

Certified Turf Installer courses and exams are offered at STC Membership Meetings in March and OctoberThe course is a one-day classroom based course and exam for pre-qualified individuals who are currently employed in the landscape synthetic turf industry seeking education on landscape synthetic turf installation. The course is in a classroom setting to promote networking and personal interaction with the instructors and other students. All courses conclude with a 20-question 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

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Location: The Westin Cleveland Downtown
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (lunch will be served)

Fee Structure

Full STC Member-Builder & Installer or Regional Landscape Installer:  $550 per person
Non STC Member Installer: $965 per person
   

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.

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. 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become an STC Certified Turf Installer - Landscape (CTI-L)?

To be eligible for Certification, the applicant must:

  • Complete an Application for Certification and meet the minimum eligibility criteria and installation experience;
  • Have an acceptable business performance record;
  • 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.

After attending and passing the course, a record of completion will be issued to the student. Once issued, Certification is valid for two years. During each two year term, Certified Turf Installers must earn eight (8) continuing education credits in order to renew their Certification. 

How much Continuing Education do I have to complete?

During each two year certification term Certified Turf Installers will need to complete eight (8) continuing education credits. One hour equals one continuing education credit.

Why do I have to do 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 Certification), 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.

Disclaimer

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.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Taylor, STC Associate Director, at melanie@syntheticturfcouncil.org or call (443) 640-1067 x142. 

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