Certified Employee Training Program (CETP)
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 11-12 – Clare
May 9-10 – Frankenmuth
August 7-8 – Manistique
August 15-16 – Clare
September 6-7 – Frankenmuth
October 3-4 – Clare
1.0 Basic Principles and Practices of Propane – Refresher (Class is held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
May 11 – Frankenmuth – Cancelled
September 25 – Manistique
October 5 – Clare
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 25-26 – Clare
May 23-24 – Frankenmuth
August 21-22 – Manistique
September 19-20 – Frankenmuth
October 10-11 – Clare
2.2 Bobtail Delivery Operations – Refresher (Class is held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
May 25 – Frankenmuth
September 26 – Manistique
October 12 – Clare
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 6-7 – Clare
2.4 Cylinder Delivery Operations – Refresher (Class is held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
June 8 – 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 25-27 – Clare
August 9-11 – Manistique
3.1 Plant Operations – Refresher (Class is held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
July 28 – Clare
3.6 Performing Railcar Product Transfer
Class is held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. This course provides an overview of the key concepts and strategies for field personnel, primarily on safely loading and unloading railcars. It provides information, practices, and procedures that support employees working in propane bulk plants that accept and dispatch railcar deliveries. Topics include identifying the hazards associated with handling and transferring propane and the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE); railcar documentation, condition requirements and spotting procedures; bulk plant railcar loading/unloading systems and components, verifying the presence of odorant; and loading and unloading railcar procedures.
May 16-17 – Clare – Cancelled
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 13-15 – Clare
August 23-25 – Manistique
4.1 Designing and Installing Exterior Vapor Distribution Systems – Refresher (Class is held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
June 16 – 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 18-20 – Clare
September 27-29 – Manistique
4.2 Placing Vapor Distribution Systems and Appliances into Operation – Refresher (Class is held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
July 21 – Clare
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 20-21 – Clare
Refresher Training Classes
Refresher Training Classes are for students who have previously completed the certification process and need to complete the 3-year recertification.
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 days in advance. Attendance at all classes is by PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY. Classes size is limited.
Bavarian Inn Restaurant
713 S. Main Street
Comfort Inn Manistique
607 E. Lakeshore Drive
604 N. McEwan
For assistance, contact the MPGA office at 517-487-2021.