PERC approves partnership with NPGA, GPA Midstream

March 16, 2020 By    

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) approved the following funding requests at its February meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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    $1,495,000 for the 2020 partnership agreement with the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) and GPA Midstream. According to PERC, the agreement fosters a strategic alignment and an effective allocation of resources among the organizations in order to support collaboration and to enable the parties to better protect and promote the interests of the industry, consumers and the public.

  • $485,370 for the 2020 Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) modularization project, which supports PERC’s objective to develop a professional, informed and skilled workforce and trade allies through safety and technical training. The goal is to update and modularize the CETP training program into a new, more user-friendly format with new programs and updates to existing CETP offerings.
  • $305,500 for 2020 Learning Center support. The project directly funds the learning management system platform that PERC’s Learning Center uses. PERC is in the second year of a three-year contract with the learning management system vendor, eLogic, and most of the funding request pays for contract obligations. The remainder of the request is for industry outreach for the Learning Center and possible programming support.
  • $304,850 for CETP support of the new safety and training program’s delivery platform (PERC’s Learning Center) for 2020. The project, PERC says, will provide help desk support for the Learning Center along with support for the CETP certification program, including processing of paper testing, skills assessments, paper certificates and uniform patches and wallet cards.
  • $25,000 to determine long-term strategic goals and objectives for updating the Propane Emergencies training program. This project includes a formal meeting with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, PERC staff and industry subject matter experts. There is also funding for interim guidance material development by PERC for gas odor response for the propane industry.

PERC is scheduled to meet April 9 in Nashville, Tennessee, following the NPGA Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo.

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Brian Richesson is the editor in chief of LP Gas Magazine. Contact him at or 216-706-3748.

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