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Call for Public Comment on CETP Curriculum Revision
August 5, 2004
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Among its primary statutory missions, the Propane Education & Research Council is charged with developing programs and projects to enhance employee safety and training. PERC is working closely with the National Propane Gas Association to revise the Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) curriculum and to make the revised curriculum available to the industry in traditional printed form.
As that curriculum revision continues, PERC is also preparing to make CETP available in an electronic format. Developing and providing high quality, professional propane-specific training in electronic formats (e.g., CD-rom, DVD, and Internet) is a priority because of the potential benefits it offers to enhance training and lower costs for propane marketers.
In May 2004, PERC formed a CETP e-Learning Subcommittee to explore cost-effective ways to provide CETP and other training to the industry through electronic means. The subcommittee is chaired by John Kamps, Kamps Propane, Manteca, CA, and its members include: Walter Cressman, Cress Gas Co. Richlandtown, PA; Jerry Lucas, Heritage Propane Partners, Sallisaw, OK; Edwin Miller, Star Gas Propane, Florence, KY; Thomas D. Petru, Railroad Commission of Texas (AFRED), Austin, TX; Don Singleton, Blossman Gas, Inc., Ocean Springs, MS; Cliff Slisz, Ferrellgas, Liberty, MO; Mike Walters, Amerigas, Westlake, OH; Sue Spear, National Propane Gas Association, Downers Grove, IL; and Ron Stover, Mutual Liquid Gas & Equipment Co., Inc., Gardena, CA.
Working with adult education specialist, technology experts and others, the CETP E-Learning Subcommittee drafted a Request for Proposals (RFP), which can be seen online here. The RFP was given to 17 firms qualified to develop the training program and ready to work with the industry and propane subject matter experts.
Responses to the RFP were due on July 5, 2004 and are being examined by the subcommittee. The subcommittee expects to report promptly to the Safety & Training Advisory Committee (STAC). In turn, STAC could make its recommendation to the Council in August regarding which firm to retain to implement the planned CETP E-Learning Program. The total budget for the initial project is expected to exceed $4 million.
By rule, public and industry comments must be solicited for any proposed project costing $1.5 million or more. Comments are welcomed and should reach the PERC office (via fax, mail or email) before 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 6, 2004:
Propane Education & Research Council
Attn. Courtney Lawson
1140 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036