Course Descriptions

 PAPGA Training Courses Information

CETP Basic Principles & Practices (BP&P) of Propane 1.0

This class is a prerequisite for all CETP classes 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 Delivery Combo: Bobtail and Cylinder Delivery 2.2/2.4

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

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 Basic Propane Appliance Service & Troubleshooting 4.5

This class primarily focuses on safely and efficiently servicing, troubleshooting, and repairing basic propane appliances. 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 thosefound in many ranges. They include 120/24 V and DC millivolt systems.

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.


Skills Assessment for CETP classes MUST be completed AFTER class and submitted WITHIN 12 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.

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Industrial Training Services (ITS)
Janet Arnold
120 Max Hunt Drive
Murray, KY 42071  
270-753-2150, ext.2   

Skill Evaluator Training and Registration

The NPGA Board implemented 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.

The purpose of this change is not to teach how to evaluate a task, it’s to explain procedures for completing the skills assessment as well as fully understanding the actual NPGA CETP skills certification.

In order to obtain certification, one must complete the online training course. There will be a brief exam. Once the exam is successfully passed, a NPGA registered skills evaluator number will be assigned.

The cost of the course is $75, and will be valid for three years.

All skills assessments submitted to ITS must contain the skill evaluator’s registration number in order for it to be processed.