CETP & Non-Certified Training


OPGA is a recognized  provider of CETP (Certified Employee Training Program) courses for those working in the propane field or looking to obtain propane training certification in the state of Ohio.  Training season runs from April until October and we offer a wide-range of CETP classes as well as important safety and  training classes outside of the CETP curriculum.  Classes are open to members and non-members in Ohio.

OGPA 2017 Employee Training Schedule

1.0 Basic Principles and Practices of Propane
April 12-13 – Lucasville
June 19-20 – New Albany
August 24-25 – Columbus
September 11-12 – Columbus
October 16-17 – New Albany

2.2 Bobtail Delivery Operations
July 12-14 – New Albany
September 18-20 – Columbus
October 18-20 – New Albany

2.4 Cylinder Delivery Operations
September 25-26 - Columbus

3.1 Basic Plant Operations
August 21-23 – Columbus

4.1 Designing and Installing Exterior Vapor Distribution Systems
July 26-28 – Columbus
October 2-4 – Columbus

4.2 Placing Vapor Distribution Systems and Appliances into Operations
May 8-10, 2017 - Lucasville

5.1 Designing and Installing Dispenser Transfer Systems
June 5-7 – Zanesville
June 21-23 – New Albany

CSR Training Seminar
July 25 – Columbus
October 11 – New Albany

HAZMAT Transportation Safety (HM126F)
April 10 – Lucasville
April 11 – Lucasville
July 10 – Columbus

Propane Dispenser Safety
June 8 – Zanesville

Transport Driving Training
July 24 - Columbus 

Course Locations 

Doubletree Columbus-Worthington, 175 Hutchinson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43235
Arrick's Propane, 9157 US HWY 23, Lucasville, OH 45648
Courtyard Marriott, 5211 Forest Drive, New Albany, OH 43054
Muskingum County Convention Center, 205 N. 5th Street, Zanesville, OH 43701

Course Information

Attendance at all CETP classes is by PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY. Classes are limited to 20 students.
The registration deadline is two weeks before the start of each class. OPGA reservese the right to cancel a class if there is a lack of participation.
Registration includes all materials, continental breakfast, breaks and lunch (full day classes).

$100 per person, per class, from a company in Ohio*
$300 per person, per class, from a company outside of Ohio

*OHIO-BASED COMPANIES PLEASE NOTE: The registration fee will be waived when the registrant (or a substitute) attends the training and is from an Ohio-based company. If the registrant does not attend and does not provide written notification to OPGA at four business days prior, then the registration fee will be charged to the credit card provided at registration. Checks will not be accepted.

7:30 a.m. - Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - Class Begins (unless otherwise noted)
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. - Class Resumes
5:00 p.m. - Class Adjourns

CETP Course Descriptions

Certified Classes

1.0 Basic Principles and Practices of Propane

Basic Principles and Practices is a prerequisite to the more advanced classes. The full-color CETP Basic Principles and Practices course offers an "entry level" course that provides pre-requisite instruction about propane's physical and combustion properties, and how propane is produced and transported. Some of the other topics covered are:
  • Organizations that influence, publish or enforce codes and standards.
  • How basic functions are performed in a bulk plant, including primary safety concerns, and customer service.
  • Odorants and service interruptions.
  • Complete and incomplete combustion characteristics, and much more.
2.2 Bobtail Delivery Operations
The newly updated, full-color CETP Bobtail Delivery Operations course provides information for drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles to deliver propane. This course also covers:
  • Bobtail equipment and systems. Explains a bobtail's basic equipment and systems, including the cargo tank, gauges, valves, pumps, meters, delivery hoses and emergency discharge control equipment.
  • Presents detailed procedures for safely loading a bobtail using the plant pump.
  • Discusses DOT requirements for bobtail inspections.
  • Reviews the features and installation requirements of ASME tanks at customer locations.

Recommend completing the appropriate Propane Delivery Operations and Cylinder Delivery modules for certification to Operate a Bobtail to Deliver Propane.

 2.4 Cylinder Delivery Operations

The Propane Delivery Operations and Cylinder Delivery course provides information for drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles to deliver propane. It also covers:

  • DOT Licensing and Driving Requirements. Discusses driving requirements and restrictions for drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to deliver propane.
  • Vehicle inspections, identification, and documentation highlights.
  • Safely handling hazardous materials. Discusses the hazards of handling a variety of flammable and combustible liquids and the associated safety measures.
  • Driving defensively and handling accidents and emergencies. Also vehicle parking, servicing, and security.
  • Preparing cylinders for filling.
  • Filling cylinders and delivering cylinders.
  • NFPA 54, 2012 edition.
  • NFPA 58, 2011 edition.

USDOT Hazmat Transportation Safety (Formerly HM 126F)
This seminar includes the newly required Global Hamonization Standards for labeling and marking Hazmat containers and shipments. VERY IMPORTANT new employee 90 day compliance opportunity

USDOT Hazmat Transportation Safety will touch upon the requirements, but not the details of specific individual company’s written Emergency Action Plan and Security Awareness Action Plan. Other hazmat training will focus on the employee’s “Right to Know” the risk associated with the hazardous material they work with and the suggested safe handling procedures and personal protective equipment that are recommended as risk mitigation tools. It is anticipated that the training provided, as described in the proposal, when combined with an effective on-the-job training program and the employer’s on-going safety training regiment will assist with meeting the training requirements of the Hazardous Materials Regulation.
  • Loading a transport using a plant pump, compressor, or auxiliary inlet.
  • Walk-around inspection of a cargo tank motor vehicle (CTMV) after loading.
  • Safe driving techniques, emergency discharge, and delivery hose assembly inspections.
  • Purging propane containers, unloading a transport, and reducing vapor pressure using a plant compressor.
  • Unloading using a plant or CTMV pump.
  • Performing post-trip inspections, and monthly inspections and tests on emergency discharge systems and delivery hose

3.1 Basic Plant Operations

The updated, full-color Basic Plant Operations textbook provides information for employees working in propane bulk plants. It provides information, practices, and procedures that support many general plant operations tasks. 
This course is primarily designed to train employees wh: Inspect and fill DOT cylinders and ASME tanks at the bulk plant, requalify DOT cylinders, maintain cylinders, tanks, and bulk plant equipment systems, and other propane employees who could benefit from particular sections of this course include plant managers and plant office personnel. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the main components of a bulk plant.
  • Operate the propane liquid supply system.
  • Inspect and fill DOT cylinders.
  • Inspect and fill vehicle mounted ASME tanks.
  • Requalify DOT cylinders by visual inspection.
  • Maintain cylinders and ASME tanks.
  • Unload a cargo tank motor vehicle.
  • Maintain bulk plant systems and equipment.
4.1 Designing and Installing Exterior Vapor Distribution Systems
This CETP training manual focuses 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.
  • Designing vapor systems: container and lines
  • Designing vapor distribution systems: regulators and meters
  • Preparing system components for transport
  • Installing containers
  • Installing lines
  • Installing regulators and meters
  • Others installations
  • System tests
  • Safety information
  • NFPA 54, 2012 edition
  • NFPA 58, 2011 edition
4.2 Placing Vapor Distribution Systems and Appliances into Operation

This CETP training manualfocuses primarily on the procedure of placing a vapor distribution system intooperation.Thecourse addresses the different system tests required for vapor distribution systems andappliances; validating the container, piping, and regulator; how and when to make the final connections; how topurge the system of air, appliance controls and safety devices; and howto adjust the burner.

  • Vapor distribution system tests
  • Validating vapor distribution systems
  • Identifying venting requirements and characteristics
  • Validating combustion air
  • Leak Check Procedures
  • Purging air from a piping system
  • Placing appliances into operation
  • Appliance controls and safety devices
  • Spillage test
  • Identifying burning characteristics of propane
  • Safety Information
  • NFPA 54, 2012 edition
  • NFPA 58, 2011 edition

5.1 Designing and Installing Dispenser Transfer Systems

 Designing and Installing Dispenser Transfer Systems covers identifying the proper container and location for adispenser; identifying required tank valves, and fitting and verifying that all required components are present, etc.

Non-Certifed Classes

Propane Cylinder Dispenser & Refilling Training

Based upon the PERC Non-certified Training suggestions, this one-day seminar is appropriate for propane dealer employees and employees of remote cylinder refilling locations serviced by retail propane dealers (RV Parks, service stations, etc.).

 CSR: Customer Service Representatitve Training

Formatted as a multi-media seminar that covers many issues that the company CSR deals with routinely. Professionally produced videos will be used to discuss CSR relevant topics such as:

  • The ART of Customer Service
  • Telephone Customer Service-Basic and Advanced CSR Skills
  • When the Phone Rings
  • Dealing With Irate Customer

Other topics will include a review of the physical properties and characteristics of propane and how these properties correlate with problems or issues raised by customer. Of interest to CSR’s in past training sessions, and presented again, is:

  • National & International Market Place issues that impact local propane availability and pricing volatility.
  • Propane Storage and Logistics issues that create supply shortfalls and price spikes.   Both of which generate inquiries from local customers.
  • Out of Gas (again) Calls, Reports of Gas Leaks and Interruption of Services Response.

Propane Transport Operators Training

Although CETP no longer offers a Training Program leading to certification as a Propane Transport Operator both USDOT and NFPA 58, 2014 Edition, require driver/operators to receive documented training for the skill functions performed.   Training is to be documented including testing and skills evaluation.
NFPA 58 2014, Section 4.4.1 states:“ Persons whose duties fall within the scope of this code shall be provided with training that is consistent with the scope of their job activities and that includes the proper handling and emergency response procedures.”
Section 4.4.2 adds:“Persons whose primary duties include transporting LP-Gas, transferring liquid LP-Gas  into or out of stationary containers, or making stationary installations shall complete training that includes the following categories:

  1. Safe work practices
  2. The health and safety hazards of LP-Gas
  3. Emergency response procedures
  4. Supervised, on the job training
  5. An assessment of the person’s ability to perform the duties assigned.”

Section 4.4.3 states:“Refresher Training shall be provided every 3 years.”

USDOT & OSHA have similar language in regulations regarding hazardous material handling and transportation.
The format for OPGA TRANSPORT OPERATOR TRAINING will follow a template created by PERC and NPGA to facilitate accomplishing the requirements outlined above.  
Transport Operator Training offers a convenient and low cost opportunity for propane transportation entities, private or common carrier to have documented and written examination compliance with FIRST TIME and REFRESHER TRAINING requirements.

The goal of the Transport Operator Training is not to teach or instruct drivers how to drive a transport but rather to support and substantiate the ongoing training provided by the transporter’s company to ensure operators are COMPLIANT and SAFE with company policies and codes/ regulations applicable to their duties.
Transport operators, dispatchers, mechanics and managers are welcome to attend the training.  Check out the dates and locations listed below.  Hopefully we will see you or your drivers at one of the training opportunities.  A special thanks to all the Transport Operators who put in a lot of hours and dedicated effort to keep our bulk plants ‘wet’ last winter.

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