|(a) Training. Individuals identified in §9.51(c)
of this title (relating to General Requirements for LP-Gas Training
and Continuing Education) shall complete training.
(1) Available training courses.
(A) The 2.1 Dispenser Operations course covers proper
filling and handling of ASME motor/mobile fuel containers, appurtenances,
DOT cylinders, and dispenser operations.
(B) The 2.3 Bobtail Operations course covers federal
and state regulations that apply to hazardous material transportation,
the operation of propane delivery vehicles, and the rules in this
chapter, including NFPA 54 and NFPA 58, which apply to LP-gas installations.
(C) The 3.2 Residential System Installation course
covers the requirements for proper installation and start-up of a
residential propane system, including correct appliance operation.
(D) The 3.3 Appliance Conversion, Installation and
Venting course covers the requirements for converting, installing,
and venting of propane gas appliances.
(E) The 3.8 Recreational Vehicle Gas Appliances course
covers servicing of recreational vehicles' LP-gas systems and appliances.
(F) The 16-hour Category F, G, I, and J course covers
ASME motor/mobile fuel containers, appurtenances, DOT cylinders, the
operations of a dispenser to fill tanks and cylinders, and applicable
LP-gas requirements for obtaining a Category F, G, I or J management-level
(G) The 80-hour Category E course covers all the material
in courses 2.1, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.8, and the Commission's rules
in this chapter, including NFPA 54 and NFPA 58.
(2) Training requirements.
(A) Category E management-level applicants shall attend
the 80-hour Category E course;
(B) Category F, G, I, and J management-level applicants
shall attend the 16-hour Category F, G, I and J course; and
(C) Category D, K and M management-level applicants
and all applicants for employee-level certifications that are subject
to training requirements shall complete an eight-hour course. A certificate
holder's training deadline shall not be extended if that individual
retakes and passes an examination for the current category and level
of certification. A training deadline shall be extended only after
a certificate holder successfully completes an applicable training
(i) Category D management-level applicants shall complete
the 3.2 course.
(ii) Category K management-level applicants shall complete
the 3.2 course.
(iii) Category M management-level applicants complete
the 3.8 course.
(iv) DOT Cylinder Filler applicants shall complete
the 2.1 course.
(v) Motor and Mobile Fuel Filler applicants shall complete
the 2.1 course.
(vi) Bobtail Driver applicants shall complete the 2.3
(vii) Service and Installation applicants shall complete
the 3.2 course.
(viii) Appliance Service and Installation applicants
may complete either the 3.2 or 3.3 course.
(ix) Recreational Vehicle Technician applicants shall
complete the 3.8 course.
(3) Individuals who pass an employee-level rules examination
between March 1 and May 31 of any year shall have until May 31 of
the next year to complete any required training. Individuals who pass
an employee-level rules examination at other times shall have until
the next May 31 to complete any required training. Completion of AFT
shall be in accordance with subsection (g) of this section.
(4) Applicants for company representative or operations
supervisor shall comply with the training requirements in this section
prior to the Commission issuing a certificate.
(b) Continuing education. A certificate holder shall
complete at least eight hours of continuing education every four years
as specified in this subsection. Continuing education courses are
specified in subsection (g) of this section.
(1) Upon fulfillment of the continuing education requirement,
the certificate holder's next continuing education deadline shall
be four years after the May 31 following the date of the most recent
course the certificate holder has completed, unless the course was
completed on May 31, in which case the deadline shall be four years
from that date.
(2) A certificate holder's continuing education deadline
shall not be extended if an examination for a current category and
level of certification is retaken and passed; a continuing education
deadline shall be updated only after a certificate holder successfully
completes an applicable continuing education course. An individual
who completes a continuing education course after the assigned deadline
shall have four years from the original deadline to complete the next
(3) Certificate holders who are certified as recreational
vehicle technicians or appliance service and installation technicians
and are also certified to perform LP-gas activities covered by one
or more other certifications shall complete the initial continuing
education requirements for any one of the certifications held in order
to maintain active status. For each subsequent continuing education
requirement, such individuals shall be responsible for attending a
different continuing education course relevant to one of the other
(4) Certificate holders who attend a course offered
by an outside instructor shall not be entitled to a refund of the
annual renewal fee or any other fees or penalties required by the
(5) Certificate holders who have not paid the annual
certificate renewal fee, including general installers and repairman
exemption holders or members of the general public may attend courses
at the charge specified in §9.51 of this title. A request to
attend a course shall be in writing, submitted to the AFS training
section, and granted at AFS' discretion on an individual basis and
if space is available.
(6) Any certificate holder who has timely paid the
annual certificate renewal fee but is not otherwise required to attend
a Commission continuing education course may voluntarily attend a
course, if space is available, by registering with the AFS training
section as specified in §9.51 of this title.
(c) Adding a new certification. A current certificate
holder who successfully completes an examination for an additional
certification that requires completion of a training course shall
be assigned a training deadline pursuant to subsection (a)(2) and
(3) of this section. Upon completion of the required training, the
certificate holder shall be assigned a continuing education date pursuant
to subsection (b) of this section.
(d) Train-the-Trainer courses. The Train-the-Trainer
courses shall not count as credit towards the training or continuing
(e) Course materials. Individuals who attend AFS-taught
training courses shall receive a copy of the course materials at no
charge. Additional copies may be purchased from AFS at the established
(f) Certificates of completion. The AFS training section
shall issue a certificate of completion to each individual who completes
a management-level course.
(g) Advanced field training (AFT). Some courses may
include AFT in addition to the classroom hours, during which course
attendees shall perform LP-gas activities. AFT shall be properly completed
within 30 calendar days of attending the course. All qualification
tasks included in the AFT shall be completed. The AFT materials, including
the qualification checklist and the certification page, shall be readily
available at the licensee's Texas business location for review by
an authorized Commission representative during normal business hours.
(1) The responsibility of certifying AFT activities
shall not be delegated to an unauthorized individual. AFT qualification
tasks shall be witnessed by an authorized individual, verified as
being successfully completed, and the AFT form signed as follows:
(A) For licensees with only one company representative,
that company representative shall self-certify the AFT.
(B) For licensees with more than one company representative,
one company representative may certify the AFT of another company
representative, but shall not self-certify.
(C) Company representatives shall certify operations
(D) The company representative or an operations supervisor
authorized by the licensee and in current good standing with the Commission
shall certify the employees' AFT.
(E) If authorized, a Commission-approved outside instructor
may certify any AFT.
(2) Other AFT situations shall be handled as follows:
(A) For a certified individual employed by a licensee,
the licensee shall retain the most recently completed AFT material
for each applicable category of the individual's certification in
the individual's employment records.
(B) For an individual who ceases employment with a
licensee, the licensee shall retain the latest required AFT material
for at least two years from the date the individual is no longer employed
by the licensee. The two-year period shall be based on the renewal
period for the examination renewal fee penalty. The licensee shall
provide a copy of the AFT material to the individual.
(C) For an individual who begins employment with a
different licensee, the new licensee shall obtain a copy of the individual's
AFT material from the individual and shall place the copy in the individual's
(D) An individual who is never employed by a licensee
shall retain the most recently completed AFT material for each applicable
category of the individual's certification in a safe location for
at least two years from the date the course that required the AFT
(E) For an individual who is employed by a licensee
when a course requiring AFT is attended, but who prior to the AFT's
being certified becomes employed by a new licensee, the new licensee
shall certify the individual's AFT.
(F) For an individual who is employed by a licensee
when a class requiring AFT is attended, but who prior to the AFT's
being certified ceases employment with the licensee and wishes to
continue performing LP-gas activities, the individual shall contact
a company representative or operations supervisor of another applicable
licensee or an Commission-approved outside instructor to complete
the AFT and maintain the LP-gas certification.
(3) Individuals who attend the 80-hour Category E management-level
course or the 16-hour Category F, G, I, and J management-level course
shall perform any required AFT activities during the course.
(4) If AFT is required for a course, the AFT checklist
outlining the specific activities to be performed shall be included
in the course materials.
(5) A certified individual is exempt from the AFT requirement
of a continuing education course if the individual has previously
completed that same course, including the AFT.
(h) Available training and continuing education courses
are shown in Tables 1 through 4 of this subsection. Items on the tables
marked with an "x" indicate courses that meet training or continuing
education requirements for management-level or employee-level certificate
holders in that category.
(i) Credit for CETP courses. A certificate holder who
has successfully completed a CETP course, including any applicable
knowledge and skills assessments, may receive credit toward the continuing
education requirements specified in this section as follows:
(1) The CETP course shall be approved for the category
of certificate held as indicated on Tables 3 and 4 in subsection (h)
of this section.
(2) The successful completion of a CETP course is determined
by a CETP course certificate, which is issued only after an individual
has completed the prescribed course of study, including any related
knowledge and skills assessments, for the applicable CETP job classification.
(3) To receive credit toward the Commission's continuing
education requirements, the certificate holder shall submit the following
information, clearly readable, to AFS:
(A) the individual's full name, address, and telephone
(B) a copy of the certificate holder's certificate;
(C) a legible copy of the official CETP course certificate.
(4) AFS shall review the submitted material within
30 business days of receipt and shall notify the certificate holder
in writing that the request is approved, denied, or incomplete.
(A) If the material is incomplete, AFS shall identify
the necessary additional information required.
(B) The certificate holder shall file the additional
information within 30 calendar days of the date of a notice of deficiency
in order to receive credit for the CETP course attendance.
(C) Certificate holders requesting credit for CETP
course attendance shall submit such requests to allow processing time
so that a request is finally approved by May 31 in order for the certificate
holder to receive credit toward that deadline.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §9.52 adopted to be effective February 1, 2001, 26 TexReg 947; amended to be effective May 28, 2001, 26 TexReg 3742; amended to be effective August 25, 2003, 28 TexReg 6831; amended to be effective September 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 4810; amended to be effective May 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 3532; amended to be effective February 12, 2007, 32 TexReg 519; amended to be effective February 1, 2008, 33 TexReg 138; amended to be effective January 4, 2016, 41 TexReg 238; amended to be effective January 6, 2020, 45 TexReg 127