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2016 PAPGA Course Information

CETP Basic Principles & Practices
This class is a prerequisite for all CETP modules to the except Transport Delivery (2.3), and covers physical properties and combustion characters of propane, how propane is produced & transported; 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 Basic Plant Operations 3.1-3.5
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 Designing & Installing Exterior Distribution Systems 4.1
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.

CETP Placing Distribution Systems & Appliances into Operation 4.2
This class covers the different system tests and checks required when installing new piping, regulators and appliance or restoring service to an existing vapor distribution; 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.

CETP Installing Appliances & Interior Vapor Distribution Systems 4.3
This class is designed to train installation and service personnel on the interior of a piping system as well as the installation of gas appliances. This course addresses selecting and installing appliances, how to design and install interior venting systems and designing and installing interior piping and tubing.

CETP Basic Electricity for Propane Appliance Service 4.4
This class emphasizes electrical troubleshooting of conventional and high efficiency appliances. Students are taught to read and understand. Students are taught to read and understand electrical schematics, as well as how to use various electrical testing devices.

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.

Gas Check
This class will clearly define what a Gas Check is and what a Gas Check is not. Conducting a residential or small commercial safety inspection is a critical task for propane professionals and is the key component of keeping customers comfortable and safe. This class offers two types of inspections, depending upon your company’s Gas Check inspection policies. 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 the gas delivery system and all propane-burning appliances. The class focuses on items that should be included in a Gas Check inspection. 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 2016)
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 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.


Skills Assessment for CETP classes MUST be completed AFTER class and submitted WITHIN12 months of passing exam by a registered skills evaluator:
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, the skills affidavit must be signed by a registered skills evaluator verifying the evaluation and 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.

CETP Skills Assessments & Information

Make a copy for your records and send original to:

Industrial Training Services (ITS)
Janet Arnold
310 CC Lowry Drive
Murray, KY 42071
270-753-2150, ext.2

New for 2016:
Skill Evaluator Training and Registration

The NPGA Board approved implementation of a new component to the certification program that requires skill evaluators to complete a training course and obtain a registration number. The training will focus on the administrative aspects of being a skill evaluator, emphasizing the importance of their role and responsibilities in this capacity and the need for the skills to be performed properly. It will also identify basic strategies to perform a skills evaluation.

(Note that the training will not address how to actually evaluate the technical tasks being performed within a given program area.)

The following describe this new program component in more detail:

There will be a 6-month phase-in of this program element. 

The rollout of the new skill evaluator training program will begin March 1, 2016, at which point skill evaluators could begin taking the training to receive their registration numbers.

Then, after October 1, 2016, any skills assessments submitted to ITS must contain the skill evaluator's registration number in order for it to be processed.

CETP Skills Assessments & Information

Make a copy for your records and send original to:

Industrial Training Services (ITS)
Janet Arnold
310 CC Lowry Drive
Murray, KY 42071
270-753-2150, ext.2