Certified Employee Training Program (CETP)
The NPGA CETP Certification Program
Since 1987, the Certified Employee Training Program (CETP – pronounced “see-tep”) has been the premier training program of the propane industry.
- There are currently 14 different certification areas covering a variety of skills in the NPGA CETP certification program.
- This program provides a formal structure for testing and verifies propane employees’ knowledge and skills to perform their work safely and effectively.
- A permanent record is maintained through an online database where all candidate CETP training records can be accessed by candidates or their employers.
- 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.
This new component to the CETP certification program was added 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.
Completing your Certification: Easy as “1-2-3”
- Study the CETP training materials available through the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) or attend an instructor led training class.
- With an NPGA registered proctor, take and pass the CETP knowledge test, which is available on-line or in paper based format.
- Complete the skills assessment with an NPGA registered Skills Evaluator and return the properly completed Skills Assessment affidavit to the testing center within 12 months of passing the exam.
*Note that Basic principles and practices is a prerequisite for all other CETP certifications and must be completed in order to obtain other certifications*
“Remaining Current” is a simple process
- Complete the PERC produced “Refresher Training” for each certification area that you have attained initial certification on a 3-year cycle.
- Refresher training can be done in a classroom setting with an NPGA registered proctor or skills evaluator or, for some of the certification areas, can be completed on line.
- There is no requirement for a formal test or skills evaluation, simply complete the training.
We’ve worked to refine and update the skills assessments. Click here to see all the new offerings.
Visit the CETP Certification website for access to the CETP Certification database and much more.
CETP Certification Areas
The NPGA has established CETP Certification program requirements as a candidate meeting the following criteria:
Pass the Certification Area exam
Complete and return the required Skills Assessment to the testing center within 12 months of passing the exam
Complete any necessary prerequisites within 12 months of passing the exam
Candidates may re-take one or more certification exams. A regular exam fee is charged for each attempt, and an Active Proctor is required. Upon successful completion, each candidate receives an NPGA Certification Area Certificate, uniform patch, and wallet card.
Learn more about CETP Certification areas.
Become an NPGA CETP Proctor
NPGA registered Proctors are responsible for the security and administration of NPGA CETP Certification exams.
The main Proctor responsibilities are:
- Exam security
- Supervising exam candidates at all times
- Maintaining the best possible conditions for testing
- Ensuring the safety of all candidates and test personnel
- And conducting the test efficiently in a standardized manner
NPGA Registered Proctors must complete the following:
- Pay a fee of $75 US for 3 years
- Review all training modules prior to accessing Proctor exam
- Pass the Proctor exam
- Upon successful completion of the Proctor exam, a Proctor ID and password will be issued. Your Proctor ID and password will allow you to order exams and administer NPGA CETP Certification exams.
The procedures for becoming a NPGA CETP Proctor are described in the Frequently Asked Questions for CETP Proctors.
1987: The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) launches the CETP Certification Program — a comprehensive, nationwide training program for employees in the propane industry.
2002: In an effort to make CETP accessible to a greater number of industry members, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) purchases the program from NPGA. The ongoing partnership between PERC and NPGA continues to provide the necessary resources to maintain, update, develop and widely distribute training and certification materials to those who work in our industry.
2004: CETP is revised in 2004 into a more flexible “modular” format that can be used in a variety of settings. As a performance criterion-based employee training and skills certification program, CETP allows propane professionals to accomplish several business objectives at once. By providing up-to-date, task-specific technical training that eliminates guesswork and empowers employees to perform their jobs confidently, knowledgeably and safely, propane business managers can improve the safety of their employees and customers, increase productivity and employee morale, adhere to federal and state regulations, and serve the communities in which they operate.
2006: NPGA partners with a new test processing vendor in 2006 to bring an online testing system to the CETP Certification Program. CASTLE Worldwide provides online testing, Proctor Renewals and the CETP database, while Industrial Training Services continues to provide paper-and-pencil testing. Both testing vendors continue to serve as third-party verification, adding to the credibility of the certification program.
2008: CETP E-Learning is released to the propane industry. The E-Learning DVDs include: Basic Principles and Practices, Propane Delivery Operations & Cylinder Delivery and Bobtail Delivery Operations. The E-Learning programs link directly to the online CETP Certification exam.
2010: The CETP Certification Newsletter is introduced as an industry publication designed for topical information used for notifications, education, and to prepare Candidates, Proctors and Stakeholders about future events, changes or updates in the CETP Certification Program.
2012: NPGA’s CETP Certification Program needs, including administration of paper and online exams and database management, move exclusively to Industrial Training Services (ITS) in October.
Other Industry Safety Resources
Propane Emergencies Program
Although not part of NPGA’s CETP Certification program, the Propane Emergencies (PE) program has grown significantly since its inception in 1998, from a single textbook to a comprehensive training program adopted by 27 state firefighter training agencies and propane marketers. It continues to be the benchmark by which many other hazardous materials training programs are measured. The third edition textbook Propane Emergencies textbook is now available to order through the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) Propane Resource Catalog.