What is CETP training, and why does it matter?
At Allied Propane Service, every one of our propane technicians is CETP certified. But what exactly does that mean – and more importantly, what does it mean for you as an Allied customer?
For our technicians, it means a lot of hard work and no surprises, since current CETP requirements require ongoing Refresher Training to keep help them keep up with the latest technologies and codes in their area of specialty.
For you, it means that you can be 100 percent confident that every Allied professional working on your new construction project or renovations is rigorously trained in every aspect of propane safety, maintenance, and handling.
Want to know more about CETP certification? Here are some basics:
Q. What is CETP training?
A. Since 1987, the Certified Employee Training Program (CETP – pronounced “see-tep”) has been the premier training program of the propane industry. The program provides a formal structure for testing and verifies propane employees’ knowledge and skills to perform their work safely and effectively. CETP helps satisfy training requirements mandated by DOT, OSHA and NFPA.
Q. Who administers the program?
A. The program is administered by the Propane Education Research Council (PERC) in partnership with the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), the national trade association representing the U.S. propane industry.
Q. What is the purpose of CETP certification?
A. The certification program helps employers and employees comply with NFPA 58, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, which requires that personnel who transfer or transport propane, or whose primary duties fall within the scope of the code, have documented initial and refresher training.
Q. What is required for CETP certification?
A. To be granted CETP certification, a technician must take a Basic Principles and Practices (BP&P) course, which covers a core curriculum of propane safety, maintenance, and handling topics; the course includes a written exam and a completed Skills Assessment component. In addition to the BP&P course, there are currently 14 different certification areas covering a variety of skills in the NPGA CETP certification program.
Q. What is CETP Refresher Training?
A. Refresher courses were added to the CETP certification program to keep certification holders up to date with new safety procedures, technology, equipment and code changes. Many of the codes and standards that are referenced in the CETP training courses (NFPA, OSHA & DOT) require recurrent or refresher training, this program will assist in complying with some of those requirements.