Propane Education & Research Council Launches CETP E-Learning Basic Principles & Practices


Washington, DC (December 8, 2006) – The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) announces the launch of its safety and training e-learning program. The Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) E-Learning DVD is an electronic learning format of CETP Basic Principles & Practices.  Modeled after the original CETP curriculum developed by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), CETP E-Learning Basic Principles & Practices delivers comprehensive content interspersed with interactive graphics, embedded videos, and computer-based learning activities designed to simulate real-life conditions.    

“CETP E-Learning provides a consistent delivery of technical and safety messages and a more flexible means to manage your employees’ training,” said Mike Walters, PERC’s Safety & Training Advisory Committee (STAC) chairman and National Safety Training Manager of AmeriGas (Westlake, OH).

Since its inception in 1988, CETP has been the most popular training curriculum for propane industry employees.  The move to the e-learning format was overseen by PERC’s STAC, which logged thousands of volunteer hours to test the program and provide feedback on content, graphics, and computer and software capabilities.  As a result of this rigorous review process, the DVD offers the most accurate and advanced propane safety training on the market.

“This new tool will expand the availability of top-notch training programs at reduced costs,” said Stuart Flatow, PERC vice president of safety & training.  “The program’s flexibility and ability to allow users to learn at their own pace should only serve to increase usage and overall retention of the material.”

The new product can be used as a stand-alone training piece or coupled with traditional classroom instruction, and includes a certification process.  The DVD format includes practice quizzes at the end of each module as well as a comprehensive optional end-of-course pre-certification review that allows the user and employer to gauge the knowledge of what was learned from the entire program as well as prepare the user for the NPGA CETP certification exam.

“Safety and training for the propane industry has been made easier with the development of CETP E-Learning,” said Baron Glassgow, NPGA’s director of field services of the Western Region. “The interactive DVD engages employees with its learning activities and ‘meet the experts’ modules. The entire industry should be excited about this great, new tool.”

CETP E-Learning also includes an optional records management system, the Safety & Training Administrative and Records System (STARS). STARS, a DVD that is sold separately from the e-learning course, allows employers to store and view employee records, as well as customize the e-learning program with company policies and logos.  Both STARS and CETP E-Learning programs are supported by a Help Desk (1-866-PERC-ELEARN) that can resolve technical questions.  Available as a “call back” service, the Help Desk is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET).

The CETP E-Learning Basic Principles & Practices and STARS can be purchased through the Propane Resource Catalog ( or 866-905-1075). The DVDs require a PC computer with the following software and hardware specifications:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000/XP Home/XP Pro
  • 256MB RAM (minimum), 512MB (recommended)
  • Intel Pentium IV processor or better
  • 64MB video card
  • 6GB free hard drive space
  • DVD drive

The CETP training program will still include the text books and continue to be available for purchase through the Propane Resource Catalog. The next CETP DVDs are scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2007 and will cover the training modules Delivery Basics and Operating a Cylinder Delivery Truck to Deliver Propane and Operating a Bobtail to Deliver Propane.