Renewing Your STLE Certification

STLE certifications are valid for three years after you pass either the Certified Lubricant Specialist,™ Certified Metalworking Fluids Specialist™ or Oil Monitoring Analyst I & II™ exam.  Prior to the end of this period, you must complete the requirements below to renew your certification.  Please note: If you do not renew your certification within the given time frame, you will have to retake and pass the exam. 


STLE Recertification Requirements

Individuals must satisfy at least 4 of 14 requirements by providing documentation for each and pay a renewal fee. These are:
  1. Employer-provided letter vouching for continued employment related to their field of certification (example- letter from HR department or supervisor noting active employment). 
  2. Two other individuals, with the same current certification, supply a letter vouching for continued employment in their field of certification (example- letter stating active employment in field with the individual's certification designation/number). 
  3. Provide proof of receiving 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from courses relevant to their field of certification (example- college course work transcript; certificate with earned CEU hours from an Accredited Institution).
  4. Provide proof of attending/participating in six (6) STLE local section meetings (example- paid receipts from attendance; letter from local section leadership confirming attendance).
  5. Provide proof of attending one (1) STLE local section education seminar (example- registration receipt; certificate of attendance from local section). 
  6. Provide proof of attending one (1) educational seminar relevant to their field of certification such as at the annual meeting of one of the following organizations: STLE, SME, SAE, NLGI, AISE or SMRP (example- registration receipt; certificate  of attendance from organization with seminar title and date). 
  7. Provide proof of attending an educational seminar, which is part of a third-party training seminar, such as a corporate training program or education provider seminar (example- registration receipt; certificate of attendance from third party with seminar title and date).
  8. Provide proof of reading six (6) relevant technical articles published in recognized technical publication, such as TLT (example- bibliography showing article title, publication, and issue date; hard copy of the article from the  publication)
  9. Provide proof of attending one (1) annual meeting conference with programs relevant to their field of certification such as from one of the following organizations: STLE, SME, SAE, NLGI, AISE or SMRP (example- registration confirmation or receipt showing conference organization, date, and location).
  10. Give one (1) presentation/course at a conference or seminar relevant to their field of certification that has a technical focus. Those that have a commercial, company specific, or sales/marketing focus will not be accepted (example- copy of presentation with date/location; letter from organization confirming presentation title/date given).
  11. Publish one (1) article or paper in publications relevant to their field of certification (example- copy of article/paper with publication title and issue date).
  12. Author or co-author one (1) book or a significant chapter of a book relevant to their field of certification (example- copy of author index that shows individual's name or chapter contribution).
  13. Provide proof of active participation in technical committees, councils or work groups with programs relevant to their field of certification (example- roster showing participation with organization name; letter from organization stating active involvement and name of committee/group).
  14. Provide proof of attendance of eight (8) hours of STLE online educational content (EC), such as webinars or short courses (STLE can verify completion in your record, so no formal documentation is required).
Renewal Fees
STLE may offer a two-month grace period to allow for extenuating circumstances. You can submit your documentation materials and payment to STLE Headquarters (Attn: Certification Programs), 840 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068. Fax: (847) 825-1456, or email certification@stle.org.

The cost for 3 year renewal for 2017 is $155 for STLE members and $295 for non-members.