Overview of Propane Distribution Systems for HVAC and Plumbing Professionals was developed by the Propane Education & Research Council and others as part of the industry’s commitment to promote the safe and efficient use of propane gas as a preferred energy resource.

The purpose of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to:

  • Verify that gas appliances meet code and safe operational requirements.
  • Recognize and identify the impact that propane vapor distribution system installations and appliances may have on stakeholders.


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the sources, characteristics, and physical properties of propane.
  • Follow general propane safety information.
  • Identify the main components of a vapor distribution system and how they work together to supply adequate gas pressure to appliances.
  • Identify various code requirements for container and regulator installation.
  • Explain the effects that a gas piping stub out or side-wall vent termination may have on the propane container or regulator location.
  • Verify that propane appliances are installed in a safe and code compliant manner.
  • Determine interior gas piping requirements.
  • Explain the different vapor distribution system tests and checks, including pressure test, leak check, and regulator and system flow and lockup test.
  • Identify gas system and appliance startup requirements.

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