Course Descriptions

Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association
Training Course Guide & 

Certified Employee Training Program (CETP)

CETP Basic Principles & Practices (BP&P) of Propane 1.0
This class is a prerequisite for all CETP classes and covers physical properties & combustion characters of propane, how propane is produced & transported; identifying industry standards, safety codes and regulations, identifying basic parts of tanks, cylinders & bulk storage installation, maintaining a safe working environment, identifying commonly used hand tools & supplies & serving the customer. Students receive the BP&P 1.0 textbook & 2020 NFPA#58 Codebook.

 CETP Delivery Combo: Bobtail and Cylinder Delivery Operations 2.2/2.4

This three-day class is designed for bobtail and cylinder delivery drivers. This course provides current information, delivery practices and procedures to safely and efficiently deliver propane to customers. Students receive both Bobtail 2.2 & Cylinder Delivery 2.4 Operations Textbooks.

CETP Basic Plant Operations 3.0

This course provides information, practices, and procedures to safely and efficiently perform bulk plant operations tasks, mainly cylinder inspection, filling and requalification, and plant and equipment maintenance. The topics covered are:
·         Main components of a bulk plant.
·         Propane liquid supply system.
·         Inspection and filling of DOT cylinders.
·         Inspection and filling of vehicle mounted ASME tanks.
·         DOT cylinders visual inspection and requalification.
·         Maintaining cylinders and ASME tanks.
·         Unloading cargo tank motor vehicles.
·         Bulk plant systems and equipment maintenance.
Students receive Basic Plant Operations 3.0 Textbook.

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. Course objectives include: Properly determine an effective system load. • Identify factors affecting selection of a properly-sized container. • Select and install an appropriate container for a vapor distribution system. • Identify requirements for establishing a container location. • Identify how to properly select, size, and install pipe and tubing for a vapor distribution system. • Explain how to analyze and prevent corrosion. • Identify the steps to sizing, selecting, and installing regulators. • Describe how to properly select and install a vapor meter. • Discuss primary special installations that correspond with a vapor distribution system.
Students receive 4.1 Textbook.

CETP Placing Distribution Systems & Appliances into Operation 4.2

This class focuses on the interior portions of the piping system and on the checks and tests required when installing new piping and regulators or restoring service to an existing vapor distribution system. Course objectives include: Identify the different vapor distribution system and appliance checks and tests and recognize the steps to perform them.
• Explain the general procedure for placing a vapor distribution system into operation and when to make the final connection to turn on the system.
• Identify how to validate container, pipe and tubing, regulator, and vapor meter installations.
• Understand the importance of proper venting, combustion air, and purging.
• Identify appliance controls and safety devices and understand their purpose.
• Understand the basic characteristics of burning propane to include the components of a burner, air adjustments, and flame abnormalities.
• Understand the importance of communicating customer safety information.
Students receive 4.2 Textbook.

 CETP Installing Appliances & Interior Vapor Distribution Systems 4.3

This class focuses on how to design and install a vapor distribution system inside a structure or within any portion of the system installed under the scope of NFPA 54. Course objectives include: Identify different appliance types, requirements & restrictions. • Understand the design & installation considerations for gas appliances. • Explain how to design & install natural, direct & mechanical draft venting systems. • Identify how to determine system pressure & load & other piping considerations. • State how to convert gas appliances & add appliances to a system. • Understand the process of installing interior piping.
Students receive 4.3 textbook.

CETP Basic Electricity for Propane Appliance Service 4.4

This course enables participants to interpret electrical components and diagrams, and measure electrical quantities, and emphasizes electrical troubleshooting of conventional and high efficiency appliances. Students learn to read and understand electrical schematics, as well as how to use various electrical testing devices. Course Goals include:
• Follow safety procedures.
• Interpret electrical control circuit diagrams for basic appliances.
• Use a digital multimeter.
• Measure voltage, resistance & current ay any point in an electrical circuit.
• Identify functions of common sensing devices in appliances.
• Identify functions of common controls & components in basic
   propane appliances, including:
             Relays and contactors.
             Motors and capacitors.
             Wall thermostats.
             Limit and fan controls.
             Ignition systems.
             Gas control valves.
             Troubleshoot electrical circuits.
Students receive a Basic Electricity for Propane Appliance Service 4.4 Textbook.

CETP Intermediate Electricity for Propane Appliance Troubleshooting 4.5

 This 5-day course includes hands-on work and focuses on safely and efficiently servicing, troubleshooting, and repairing basic propane powered appliances by providing the specific steps necessary to perform these important tasks. For the purpose of this course, basic propane appliances are defined as simple appliances that do not have advanced controls and complex electronic ignition systems. They may have simple electronic ignition systems, such as those found in many ranges. They include 120/24 V and DC millivolt systems. Basic Appliance Service & Troubleshooting Textbook 4.5 included.

Non-CETP Classes | No Test
(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 class, you will gain confidence and be capable of performing the evacuation process safely. This training is hands-on and will involve attaching the valves, hoses and compressors to transfer propane from a tank to a bobtail. Tank Evacuation Textbook included.
Cylinder Requalification
This class covers general requalification requirements, visual inspection, pressure retest, cylinder rejection and condemnation, re-tester markings, and record keeping. Students receive a Cylinder Requalification Manual.
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:
1. A ‘Gas System’ Check which can be completed on the gas delivery system, including the containers, regulators, and appurtenances.
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. Gas Check Inspection Handbook/Sample Forms included.

Haz-Mat Refresher
Refresher Training is for students who have previously completed the certification process and need to complete the 3-year certification. This class covers CMV Driver Requirements, Vehicle Inspection, Cylinder Safety, Materials of Trade, Security and Hazardous Materials.

Important CETP Certification Requirement | Completion of Skills Assessment*

            *In order to receive certification: all CETP classes require the completion of the appropriate Skills Assessment with a Registered Skills Evaluator and returning the properly completed skills assessment affidavit to the CETP Certification Program Administrator within 12-months of passing the knowledge exam.  The candidate seeking certification cannot act as his/her own evaluator.

Skills Assessments were developed to ensure functional capabilities to perform tasks in a safe and efficient manner and are matched to the knowledge exam.

Skills Assessments are typically performed in the field or in a simulated environment with a Registered Skills Evaluator present to observe and evaluate performance ensuring proficiency in the required tasks.  Candidates are permitted to practice as many times as needed to become confident and adept.

The candidate must adhere to all safety precautions. If there is a safety violation, the demonstration shall be stopped, and the Registered Skills Evaluator must instruct on the applicable safety procedures before continuing.

The completed affidavit page and final checklist must be fully completed, including the Registered Skills Evaluator number, and signed by both the candidate and Registered Skills Evaluator.

Skill Assessment items are monitored to assure their validity. In addition, industry experts are utilized to assure submitted skills assessments reflect accepted operating practices and no irregularities.

The latest edition of the applicable Skills Assessment must be submitted.  To print current Skills Assessments:

Become a Registered Skills Evaluator

Registered Skills Evaluators must complete online training and registration through the CETP Certification website at ( The training remains valid for a three (3) year period.
  1. Registered Skills Evaluators are informed of CETP policy changes through their CETP Certification Database contact information and shall keep their contact information up to date at all times.
  2. Registered Skills Evaluators must protect their Registered Skills Evaluator number to prevent unauthorized use of Registered Skills Evaluator credentials.
  3. Registered Skill Evaluator privileges may be suspended immediately, or may be revoked, if unauthorized access to their Registered Skills Evaluator number is shared.
  4. Under no circumstance may a Registered Skills Evaluator complete or sign a Skills Assessment or affidavit for      themselves.

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