Member Benefits

Certified Employee Training Program (CETP)
NPGA works to ensure that the CETP curriculum and the CETP Certification Program mesh seamlessly to maintain the highest degree of employee training available anywhere in the propane industry.

Codes and Standards Development
Working through the Technology, Standards, and Safety Committee, we proactively work in the codes development process at the state, regional, and national levels to ensure safety.

Governmental Affairs
Members face a myriad of rules and regulations that govern many aspects of the propane gas industry. We have strongly positioned ourselves in Washington, D.C. to help members face these challenges.

Membership offers unparalled networking opportunities, no matter which sector your company represents in the industry. From Propane Days to the Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo, to regional meetings and publications, we offer ways to connect you to the professionals and resources you need.

Discounted Business Services
NPGA offers members an array of discounted business service programs through our affinity partnership programs. Each of our programs offers marketers and suppliers the opportunity to save money and increase resources. Our members receive discounts on uniforms, background checks, office supplies, credits card processing and much more. In addition, we continuously seek out new programs that can provide new benefits. Some of our current programs include:

Cintas Uniform Program
NPGA partnered with Cintas to provide members with special pricing on select uniforms and items. Cintas offers highly specialized services to businesses of all types throughout North America. The company designs, manufactures, and implements corporate identity uniform programs, provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, and first-aid and safety products.
 
Merchant Card Processing with MSG Payment Systems
Merchant card processing for the propane industry is very complex, with rules and regulations pertaining to merchant categories and rate structures.  You need payment processing tools that will streamline your billing processes to generate efficiency and increase profit margins.  MSG Payment Systems provides payment solutions specific to the propane industry, including credit & debit card acceptance, ACH/e-check transactions & automated recurring payments for budget payment plans, pre-buy or monthly billing schedules.  Our payment solutions will help you manage the labor-intensive task of invoice management and payment processing.
 
Save thousands of dollars and economize your time costs by utilizing our automated payment processing tools as well as deliver fast, secure, and reliable payment solutions to your customers.  Request a free analysis today to conduct a side-by-side comparison and find out how much you could save by switching to MSG Payment Systems and the NPGA-endorsed credit card program.  MSG Payment Systems provides Merchant Card Processing at discounted NPGA membership rates.
 
Ford Motor Company
This program provides discounts for purchased or leased Ford and Lincoln-Mercury 2012/2013 Model Cars, Trucks and SUVs. Association Members must have an active Commercial Fleet Identification Number (FIN) to participate.

Goodyear/Dunlop Tires through Truckers B2B
Truckers B2B will administer the Goodyear/Dunlop discount tire program which includes new and retreads. Truckers B2B is a business-to-business membership program that provides savings to thousands of small and medium-sized trucking companies.

HR University
Members have access to HR University, a training and support system designed to provide members with easy-to-understand solutions to employment issues within their companies. HR University provides guidelines for several human resources forms including timesheets, employment applications, requests for leave, sexual harassment, and much more. HR University is normally distributed nationwide to companies for $500 per year, but NPGA members have access to this useful and important tool at no charge. Members can also email an HR expert with HR questions. 

LABORCHEX 
As a member, you receive special discounted prices through LABORCHEX to provide valuable Employment Background Screening Services. Since 1985, LABORCHEX has been helping businesses in all 50 states by offering a cost-effective method to help them hire better, safer workforces. NPGA Members may use LABORCHEX to: Check criminal and driving records; Verify employment including D.O.T. 382.413 and 391.23 screenings for commercial drivers; Confirm education and other professional credentials; and Obtain credit reports, and more! Background checks will lower turnover costs, reduce negligent hiring issues, maintain production worksites, and enhance safety and security. 

NPGA Member Logo
Members can use the NPGA logo for their website, advertisements, and other marketing materials.  Customers like to feel confident about a company’s professional character and being part of NPGA enhances that belief. 

Membership List Rental 
Only members can purchase NPGA lists to advertise their services.  The list is available in an electronic format and can be customized for specific states, regions, or trade based on NPGA’s member type structure.  The cost is $0.25 per record and includes contact name, address, telephone, email and fax where available.  For more information contact Darlene Hawk at 202-355-1331.

Propane Marketplace
NPGA helps its members and other industry professionals cut through the clutter of traditional search engine results with the NPGA Propane Marketplace. The Marketplace enables professionals to perform targeted searches for industry-related products and services using either a user-defined keyword search or an alphabetized directory search by product categories. The Marketplace features only products and services aimed towards helping industry professionals find the most cost-effective and convenient business tools.

Staples Advantage
NPGA is pleased to announce that we have negotiated a purchasing agreement with Staples for office supplies, digital copy, print, promotional products, furniture, facility, breakroom supplies and technology solutions. Beyond cost savings and exemplary customer satisfaction, we anticipate the new program will provide us with the opportunity to reduce our vendor base and provide great value add services and program features. Staples offers next-day delivery to all of our NPGA member locations. Staples Advantage® is proud to partner with National Propane Gas Association and its affiliates to offer a member discount office products program. This program allows members of NPGA and its affiliates to maximize their buying power across the nation and receive low, contracted pricing on over 30,000 products.

TekCollect
TekCollect specializes in providing accounts receivable management, collections and customer retention services to the propane industry.  Their industry-leading approach reduces the number of accounts ever requiring formal recovery efforts by focusing on early intervention. Programs include custom verbal and written contacts, electronic database skip tracing, and credit bureau reporting, plus optional advanced recovery efforts for hard-to-collect accounts. Their service is securely web-based, giving you visibility to every collection effort plus up-to-the-minute reports. And TekCollect is committed to non-alienation. Every effort is designed to preserve the integrity of your customer relationships. TekCollect’s fees are typically less than 10%—the lowest cost per dollar in the collection industry—and best of all, results are guaranteed. To learn more about the exclusive benefits available to you as a NPGA member, contact TekCollect today at 888-292-3530 or visit npga.tekcollect.com.

NPGA Reports
NPGA Reports is the association's weekly newsletter that provides inside information about the latest regulations from Washington, agency announcements, and other political news that will affect your business descissions. NPGA Reports also includes a look at current safety and technical dockets, quick explanations about common consumer questions, and news about NPGA and the industry.


 



 

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