CETP 3.1–3.5 Basic Plant Operations

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  • April 10, 2024 - April 11, 2024
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Basic Plant Operations course provides information, practices, and procedures to safely and efficiently perform bulk plant operations tasks, mainly cylinder inspection, filling and requalification, and plant and equipment maintenance.

Why this class is unique:

Most propane marketers regularly invest in CETP training for their field employees. It is common that these employees are trained on basic principles, delivery, and vapor system operations. It is less common for employees to receive proper training and certification for propane bulk storage plants. As more companies invest in propane bulk storage plant infrastructure, there will be more responsibilities for companies to train their teams on these crucial assets.

The PPA Propane Committee has partnered with Hiltz Propane Systems to offer a class that will provide crucial training for companies who own and operate propane bulk storage plant facilities. This class will not only include the classroom theory of CETP 3.1 – 3.5 but it will also feature hands-on training access to an onsite custom-built tank by Hiltz Propane Systems. This class is structured to be both a certification class as well as a “train-the-trainer” experience for attendees to go back to their operations and educate their teams on the importance of basic plant operations.


The topics covered are:

  • • Main components of a bulk plant.
  • • Propane liquid supply system.
  • • Inspection and filling of DOT cylinders.
  • • Inspection and filling of vehicle mounted ASME tanks.
  • • DOT cylinders visual inspection and requalification.
  • • Maintaining cylinders and ASME tanks.
  • • Unloading cargo tank motor vehicles.
  • • Bulk plant systems and equipment maintenance.

Registration includes the following:

  • • CETP 3.1 – 3.5 Manual
  • • CETP 3.1 – 3.5 Exam
  • • Skills Assessment
  • • Lunch


  • ​​​​​​​• CETP 1.0 Basic Principles & Practices

Instructor: Gary Nouse, Director of Field Operations, Hiltz Propane Systems

Hotel Accommodations

PPATEC is pleased to partner with local hotels that are in close proximity to our primary training venues. Our hotel partners offer student discounted rates on overnight accommodations. Please see the link below to visit our hotel partners page.

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Venue Phone: (717) 939-1781

Venue Website:

PPA Training Center, 911B South Eisenhower Boulevard, Middletown, Pennsylvania, 17057, United States


911B South Eisenhower Blvd
Middletown, PA  17057