Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be an STLE member to utilize the Learning Pathways?
No, you do not need to be an STLE member to use the Learning Pathways. It is free to use and there are no obligations. However, some resources are locked to non-members and only accessible to STLE members.

What are the Learning Pathways?
STLE Learning Pathways provide an individualized approach to professional development by letting you personally manage your career growth with educational resources on topic areas that make up a Body of Knowledge to assist individuals in becoming technically competent as a Lubrication Specialist or Oil Analyst in the lubrication field. These resources include access to CRC Press books, STLE Webinars, TLT technical articles and online short courses.

Do I need to log in the STLE website to access the Learning Pathways?
Yes, you will need to login to access the Learning Pathways, with your username and password. Some resources are locked to non-members and only accessible to STLE members. If you don’t know your username and password, please contact STLE at (847) 825-5536 for retrieval. If you don’t have a username and password, you can create a free non-member account by clicking here.

I logged into the STLE website but can’t view all the resources. Why?
There are two different levels of access for STLE members and non-members. For example, non-members cannot view individual book chapters, which are accessible only to STLE members. Non-members will be instructed to purchase books they are interested. Webinars and online short courses can be purchased by STLE members and non-members, with discounted pricing available to members only.

Why can’t I find information on a specific topic area?
If you’re looking for additional topics, STLE will continuously update and improve the Lubrication Specialist and Oil Analyst Learning Pathways with new resource materials as they become available. This is an ongoing project, and the Society welcomes contributions and feedback from individuals by taking our online survey that will help improve future STLE education products and services.

Am I now ready to become STLE certified if I have reviewed all of the Learning Pathways?
While the Learning Pathways provide a resource to help individuals become technically competent as a Lubrication Specialist or Oil Analyst, it does not solely prepare you to pass an STLE certification exam. There are additional requirements such as practical work experience that an individual would need to have prior to taking an STLE certification exam. For more information, visit the STLE certification page. 

How often will the Learning Pathways be updated?
STLE works with volunteers through the year to review content and keep the Learning Pathways functioning and useful for our community. Currently, updates to the Learning Pathways will be made on an annual basis, with new content or refresh of the current materials being posted in January of each calendar year. 

How do I become an STLE member?
There are two ways to apply for an STLE membership. You can join online or you may fax/email in your application. Click here to download a membership application.

What are the benefits of becoming an STLE member?
STLE offers its members industry-specific education and training, professional resources, technical information, certification programs and career development. A seal of authority on your organization, STLE membership affiliates you with the leading community of lubrication experts.