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2015 PAPGA Course Information

CETP Basic Principles & Practices
This class is a prerequisite to the more advanced classes (except transport delivery), and includes physical properties and combustion characters of propane, identifying industry standards, safety codes and regulations, identifying basic parts of tanks, cylinders and bulk storage installation, maintaining a safe working environment, identifying commonly used hand tools and supplies and serving the customer.

CETP Combined Delivery Course
This three day class covers propane delivery and includes: inspecting and operating propane delivery vehicles, filling storage containers and customer deliveries.

CETP Plant Operations
This course is primarily designed to train employees who: inspect and fill DOT cylinders and ASME tanks at the bulk plant, requalify DOT cylinders, maintain cylinders, tanks, and bulk plant equipment systems.

CETP Distribution Systems - 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Designing & Installing Exterior Distribution Systems
This class will focus on designing and installing the exterior portions of a vapor distribution system for both residential and small commercial markets. This course addresses how to select and install containers, prevent corrosion, size and install regulators and meters, and select and install outdoor piping and tubing. 4.1

Placing Distribution Systems & Appliances into Operation
This class covers the different system tests required for vapor distribution systems and appliances; validating the container, piping, and regulator; how and when to make the final connections; how to purge the system of air, appliance controls and safety devices; and how to adjust the burner. 4.2

Installing Appliances & Interior Vapor Distribution Systems
(replaces Appliance Installation class)
This class focuses on the interior of a piping system as well as the installation of gas appliances. Students will learn how to select and install appliances, design and install interior venting systems, and design and install interior piping and tubing. It also addresses how to perform a pressure test. This updated book replaces book 6.0 Appliance Installation. 4.3

Appliance Service
(Basic Electricity for Propane Appliances)
Applying basic electricity to service propane appliances is a course that emphasizes electrical troubleshooting of conventional and high-efficiency appliances. Students are taught to read and understand electrical schematics, as well as how to use various electrical testing devices. 4.4

Gas Check
This class will clearly define what a GAS check is and what a GAS check is not. This class offers two types of inspections, 1. A ‘Gas System’ check which can be completed on the gas delivery system, including the containers, regulators, and appurtenances; and 2. A ‘Gas Appliance System Check’ which can be completed on both the gas delivery system and all propane-burning appliances. The class focuses on what should be included in a gas check inspection. At the conclusion of class, students receive a certificate of completion.

Cylinder Requalification
This class covers the Compressed Gas Association’s (CGA) pamphlets C-6 and C-6.3 to provide a step-by-step process for requalifying a cylinder. Students will be shown how to take measurements and calculate formulas required during the inspection process. At the conclusion of class, students receive a certificate of completion.

Tank Evacuation
Perhaps the most anxious moment a propane employee experiences is evacuating propane from a tank. Thoroughly understanding all the components involved in propane evacuations is extremely important. In this training class you will gain confidence and be capable of performing the evacuation process safety. This training is hands-on and will involve attaching the valves, hoses and compressors to transfer propane from a tank to a bobtail. At the conclusion of class, students receive a certificate of completion.

Dispensing Propane Safely (not offered in 2015)
This class is for employees who fill small DOT propane cylinders and forklift propane cylinders. Students will be taught the properties of propane, parts of a propane cylinder and the associated valves, how to properly fill small propane cylinders and the required markings and warnings. They will be shown a sample of cutaway valves and various equipment used to fill propane cylinders. There will a comprehensive discussion about propane safety and various types of accidents that have occurred at cylinder fill stations. At the conclusion of class, students will receive a certificate of completion.

**IMPORTANT** - to be completed AFTER class:

CETP Skills Assessment
The skills assessment is a hands-on evaluation in which the student physically demonstrates they can perform the required tasks addressed in the CETP program. Once completed, a skills affidavit must be signed by a qualified manager or supervisor verifying the evaluation and then submitted to the test center within 12 months of passing the exam. It is important to meet this deadline in order to qualify for certification.