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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.

CETP classes are offered in a variety of ways and locations. We are striving to offer in ways that will benefit the Members of the OPGA.

  • Instructor-Lead Classroom: These classes are 2 to 3 days in length and include Certification Testing

  • Blended Learning: Students do the classroom training online prior to the one-day instructor lead review and certification testing. Student must have access to a computer and have their own email address. Instructions for the pre-coursework requirements will be provided upon registration for the class. 

  • Refresher Training: This is for students who have completed the certification process previously and need to complete the 3-year refresher training, This is a one-day instructor lead training with quizzes. A certificate of attendance will be provided.

OPGA 2020 Employee Training Schedule

1.0 Basic Principles and Practices of Propane
Classes are held 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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.

June 16-17, Prism Propane, North Baltimore
July 15-16, The Plains
August 4-5, Doubletree, Columbus-Worthington
September 29-30, Courtyard, New Albany

2.2 Bobtail Delivery Operations
Classes are held 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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.

June 11 (Refresher), Doubletree, Columbus-Worthington
June 18 (Refresher), Prism Propane, North Baltimore
June 29 - July 1, Courtyard, New Albany
August 11-13, The Plains
August 20 (Blended Learning), Courtyard, New Albany
October 13-15, Courtyard, New Albany

2.4 Cylinder Delivery Operations
Classes are held 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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 26 (Refresher), Prism Propane, North Baltimore
October 1 (Blended Learning), Courtyard, New Albany

3.1 Plant Operations
Classes are held 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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.

August 6 (Blended Learning), Doubletree, Columbus-Worthington

4.1 Designing and Installing Exterior Vapor Distribution Systems
Classes are held 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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 24 (Refresher), Prism Propane, North Baltimore
July 7-9, Courtyard, New Albany
July 21 (Blended Learning), Courtyard, New Albany
July 22 (Refresher), Courtyard, New Albany
August 25-27, The Plains
September 15-17, Courtyard, New Albany

4.2 Placing Vapor Distribution Systems and Appliances into Operations
Classes are held 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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.

June 25 (Refresher), Prism Propane, North Baltimore
September 1 (Blended Learning), Courtyard, New Albany
September 22-24, The Plains

CSR Training Seminar
Classes are held 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
This seminar covers many issues that the company CSR deals with routinely, and includes relevant topics such as telephone customer service, and basic and advanced CSR skills. 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.

July 23, Courtyard, New Albany
September 2, Courtyard, New Albany

HAZMAT Training
Morning classes are held 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Afternoon classes are held 12;30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided for all attending.
This training will fulfill the requirements of OSHA & DOT 90-day HAZMAT Training, regular HAZMAT Training and DOT HAZMAT Refresher Training. This new HM126F, 225A, 232 lass is designed for employees needing a HAZMAT. This half-day class will allow employers to split attendees into morning and afternoon offerings.

May 26 (Morning), Doubletree, Columbus-Worthington
May 26 (Afternoon), Doubletree, Columbus-Worthington
June 12 (Morning), Doubletree, Columbus-Worthington
June 12 (Afternoon), Doubletree, Columbus-Worthington
September 3 (Morning), Courtyard, New Albany
September 3 (Afternoon), Courtyard, New Albany

Cylinder Refill
Morning classes are held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Afternoon classes are held from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided for all attending.
Cylinder Refill Training is based upon the PERC developed training, Dispensing Propane Safely, and is an employee training program that details the many tasks associated with the safe and effective dispensing of propane into several types propane cylinders and tanks. The program is organized into modules that allow you to select what material is covered based on your job responsibilities.

August 18 (Morning), Courtyard, New Albany
August 18 (Afternoon), Courtyard, New Albany

Cylinder Requalification
Morning classes are held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Afternoon classes are held from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided for all attending.
Cylinder Requalification is a PERC developed training that provides in depth procedures for requalifying DOT cylinders using the external visual inspection method. To ensure your safety and the safety of your customers, propane cylinders must be inspected, each time, before they are filled. This course provides you with current information, practices, and procedures to safely and efficiently perform DOT cylinder requalification’s by visual inspection.

August 19 (Morning), Courtyard, New Albany
August 19 (Afternoon), Courtyard, New Albany

Registration Fee & Cancellation Policy

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Ohio-Based Company - $100 (Waived  upon completion of training.)
Registration fees for Ohio-based companies will be waived when the registrant attends the training. If registrant does not attend and does not cancel a minimum of 7 business days prior to the first date of the class, the registration fee will be charged to the credit card on file for this registration. You may send a substitute in place of the original registrant at no additional charge.

Company Outside of Ohio - $300
A refund less a $25 administrative fee will be granted for cancellations received a minimum of 7 business days prior to the first date of the class. You may send a substitute in place of the original registrant at no additional charge.

Class Locations

For hotel reservations, please call the hotel directly and indicate that you are with OPGA.

Columbus: Doubletree by Hilton Columbus-Worthington, 175 Hutchinson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43235, 614-885-3334
Delaware: Consolidated Cooperative, 4993 State Route, Delaware, OH 43015
Lucasville: Arrick’s Propane 9157 US Hwy. 23, Lucasville, OH 45648
New Albany: Courtyard by Marriott 5211 Forest Drive, New Albany, OH 43054 
North Baltimore: Prism Propane 1399 Business Park Drive South, Suite A, North Baltimore, OH 45872
The Plains: Rutland Bottle Gas, 177 North Plains Road, The Plains, OH 45780
Upper Sandusky: 1878 E. Wyandot Avenue, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351 (Meeting room is located in same building, behind Flag City Furniture Store.)

General Information

  • Attendance at all training classes is by pre-registration only.
  • The number of students is limited for each class. Register early to ensure your participation.
  • OPGA reserves the right to cancel a class, if there is lack of participation.
  • Class times vary. Please refer to the schedule for class times for each course.
  • Registration includes course materials, continental breakfast and lunch.
  • Attendees are responsible for lodging costs. For hotel reservations, please contact the hotel directly and indicate you are with OPGA.

OHIO PROPANE ConvertedThe NPGA's training is directed to assist in education service and delivery personnel in the LP gas industry. This training program is not intended to be an exhaustive treatment of the subject covered. It should not be interpreted as precluding the use of other procedures and/or compliance with more extensive federal, state, and local codes and/or regulations.

The NPGA, OPGA, and the training supervisor assume no liability for reliance on: (1) the material used; (2) the manner in which the training was conducted; or (3) the knowledge gained, or not gained, by the employee. Those courses are offered as assistance to help employers train personnel in their organizations.