The beginning of your new career path.

Outstanding training that gets you working in propane fast

Southeast Propane Alliance Technical Education Center (SEPATEC) is an innovative program with concentrated, career-focused hands-on courses at our state-of-the-art facility, centrally located in Graham, North Carolina. Our courses are crafted to provide you with thorough training so that you can be confident of being employed quickly, beginning your new career in propane.


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Southeast Propane Alliance Technical Education Center gives you thorough training in the propane business with the skills needed to launch your career.

Start a career in propane!

Whether you’re transitioning from military to civilian life, just starting out or ready for a new professional direction, you’re looking for a career with stability and the opportunity for advancement. You’ll have that and more when working in propane! Propane is a portable, clean and green energy source that more people, businesses and governments are relying on.

With outstanding training by leading propane professionals at SEPATEC, you’ll build a solid foundation to launch a successful career in propane here in North Carolina, or wherever life takes you in the United States.

The propane industry is a great fit for veterans!

Veterans from all service backgrounds are encouraged to apply! The discipline, work ethic, skills and experience you gained while in service will serve you well in this great new career.

What is the CETP?

The CETP (Certified Employee Training Program) lasts eight weeks and covers all the bases of the propane business. We’ll take you from the basics of working with propane to specialties like delivery, plant operations and propane system installations. The CETP sticks with propane-focused skills and includes lots of hands-on work without any unneeded classes, like history or English. With the knowledge and the skills you gain from this training, combined with the experience you may bring to the table through military service or other work, you’ll graduate ready to join the growing propane industry.

The CETP begins every three months. Here’s some of what’s included in your training:

  • the scientific basics of propane and fuel gasesthe business of propane, including how it is purchased and transported
  • safely delivering propane, covering areas such as bulk-propane plants and cylinder-delivery driving
  • bulk-plant skills, with special attention paid to safety and efficiency
  • how to properly design and install propane systems for homes and businesses
  • how to safely get propane systems and appliances up and running

Technical Education Center: Learn from the pros!

SEPATEC was developed by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) and the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), and is managed by the Southeast Propane Alliance (SEPA). Your training is delivered by knowledgeable, experienced and skilled propane professionals, so you can feel confident knowing that you’re being trained by the best.

CETP courses at SEPATEC are offered four times a year

The first CETP class will start in April 2021; thereafter, a new class starts each season: winter, spring, summer and fall. Space in each course is limited, so don’t delay. Contact SEPATEC today, and we’ll help you take the first steps toward your rewarding new career in propane!