2020 Schedule

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1.0 Basic Principles and Practices of Propane
Class is held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. This entry level course is a prerequisite to the more advanced classes. It provides instruction about propane’s physical combustion properties, and how propane is produced and transported. Other topics covered include the 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.

April 14-15, Doherty Hotel, Clare – CANCELLED
May 12-13, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth –  CANCELLED – To be rescheduled
June 2-3, Doherty Hotel, Clare
June 4 (Refresher), Doherty Hotel, Clare
June 25 (Blended Learning), Doherty Hotel, Clare
June 30-July 1, Doherty Hotel Clare – Newly added!
August 4-5, Comfort Inn, Manistique
August 6 (Refresher), Comfort Inn, Manistique
August 25-26, Doherty Hotel, Clare
September 8-9, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth
October 6-7, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth

2.2 Bobtail Delivery Operations
Class is held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. This course provides information for drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles to deliver propane. It 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; and reviews the features and installation requirements of ASME tanks at customer locations.

April 28-29, Doherty Hotel, Clare – CANCELLED
April 30 (Refresher), Doherty Hotel, Clare – CANCELLED
May 27-28, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth – CANCELLED – To be rescheduled
July 21 (Blended Learning), Doherty Hotel, Clare
August 11-12, Comfort Inn, Manistique
August 13 (Refresher), Comfort Inn, Manistique
August 18-19, Doherty Hotel, Clare – Newly added!
August 20 (Refresher) – Doherty Hotel, Clare – Newly added!
September 22-23, Doherty Hotel, Clare
October 20-21, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth

2.4 Cylinder Delivery Operations
Class is held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. This course is primarily designed to train propane delivery personnel who operate cylinder delivery vehicles. The course provides information, practices, and procedures that support many general delivery tasks. Topics include DOT licensing and driving requirements; 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, the hazards of handling a variety of flammable and combustible liquids; and the associated safety measures. In addition, driving defensively and handling accidents and emergencies; vehicle parking, servicing, and security; preparing cylinders for filling; and filling cylinders and delivering cylinders.

June 9-10, Doherty Hotel, Clare
June 11 (Refresher), Doherty Hotel, Clare

3.1 Plant Operations
Class is held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Provides information, practices, and procedures that support many general plant operations tasks. 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; and other propane employees who could benefit from sections of this course, including plant managers and plant office personnel.

July 7-9, Doherty Hotel, Clare
July 10 (Refresher), Doherty Hotel, Clare

4.1 Designing and Installing Exterior Vapor Distribution Systems
Class is held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Focuses on designing and installing the exterior portions of a vapor distribution system for both residential and small commercial markets. It addresses how to select and install containers, prevent corrosion, size and install regulators and meters, and select and install outdoor piping and tubing. In addition, designing vapor systems (container and lines); designing vapor distribution systems (regulators and meters); preparing system components for transport; installing containers, lines, regulators and meters; system tests; and safety information.

June 16-18, Doherty Hotel, Clare
June 19 (Refresher), Doherty Hotel, Clare

4.2 Placing Vapor Distribution Systems and Appliances into Operation
Class is held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Focuses primarily on the procedure of placing a vapor distribution system into operation. This course addresses the different system tests required for vapor distribution systems and appliances; 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.

July 14-16, Doherty Hotel, Clare
July 17 (Refresher), Doherty Hotel, Clare – Newly added!

5.1 Designing and Installing Dispenser Transfer Systems
Class is held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Covers all general knowledge that a propane employee would need to use and operate a dispenser. The book includes information on dispenser tank valves, fittings and locations; and installing, start up and, shut down procedures of a dispenser transfer system. In addition, this course will cover the following: maintain and troubleshoot propane pumps; maintain and troubleshoot propane compressors; inspect and maintain propane liquid meters; maintain propane valves, flow monitors, and hoses; and inspect and maintain liquid transfer systems.

June 23-24, Doherty Hotel, Clare

Blended Learning Courses
Blended Learning Classes provide less time away and consist of pre-coursework and a one-day review and certification testing. Students complete the classroom training online prior to the instructor lead review and testing. Students must have access to a computer and provide an individual email address. The registration deadline is 30 days prior to classroom training. Instructions for the pre-coursework requirements will be provided upon registration for the class.

Refresher Training Classes

Refresher Training Classes are for students who have previously completed the certification process and need to complete the 3-year recertification.

General Information
Classes are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. The registration fee for each course is $125 and includes course materials, lunch and refreshment breaks. A refund less a $25 administrative fee will be provided for cancellations received at least 7 business days in advance. Attendance at all classes is by PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY. Classes size is limited.

Class Locations
For hotel reservations, please call the hotel directly and indicate that you are with MPGA.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant
713 S. Main Street
Frankenmuth, MI
800-228-2742

Comfort Inn Manistique
607 E. Lakeshore Drive
Manistique, MI
906-341-6981

Doherty Hotel
604 N. McEwan
Clare, MI
989-386-3441

For assistance, contact the MPGA office at 517-487-2021.