National Credential
Credential: Certified Petroleum Apprentice (CPA) Level 1  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: National Petroleum Management Agency (NPMA)

The National Petroleum Management Agency (NPMA), Certified Petroleum Apprentice Level 1 (CPA-I) is an entry level certification for professional fuel handlers. The National Petroleum Management Association (NPMA) offers various levels of fuel handler certifications. The CPA-I certifies an individual's technical knowledge, safety and product quality skill to work in the Petroleum Industry. Applicants are required to have six months of experience in a related position and challenge a written exam. To move from one level of certification to the next and to ultimately reach the Certified Petroleum Professional (CPP) status, the applicant must complete Continuing Education Units (CEU) and meet requirements set by the agency. Individuals can gain CEUs by submitting training course information, work experience and education for the NPMA educational committee's review.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Petroleum Apprentice (CPA) Level 1

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 92F Petroleum Supply Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 92L Petroleum Laboratory Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 92W Water Treatment Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 923A Petroleum Technician WOMOS most   Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Petroleum Apprentice (CPA) Level 1

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 6 months
  • Education
  • Training: Must be fully qualified in current job (verified by superisor)
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

National Petroleum Management Agency (NPMA)
10908 Courthouse Road
Ste 102-301
Fredericksburg, VA  22408
Phone: 540-507-4371
Contact Page

Certified Petroleum Apprentice (CPA) Level 1

Candidates must have at least 6 months of related fuel handling experience.

Candidates must be fully qualified in the role they are currently serving - as verified by their current employer

Certified Petroleum Apprentice (CPA) Level 1

In order to become NPMA Certified, an individual must first pass the NPMA Petroleum 101 Certification Exam.

Candidates must pass the examination with at least a 75%


The proctored exam consists of 100 multiple choice and true/false questions covering the following petroleum subject areas:

  • Safety
    • Overview
    • Fire Extinguishers
    • Fire Hazard Properties
    • Fuel Handling General
    • Static Electricity
    • Grounding and Bonding
    • Fuel Spill Prevention
    • Confined Spaces
    • Fuel Toxicity
    • Protective Equipment
    • Hazardous Communication
    • Safety conclusion
  • Environment
    • Environmental Overview
    • Spill Prevention
    • Emergency Response Plans
    • Facility Response Plans
    • Pipeline and Storm Water Plans
    • Fuel on Roadways and Railroads
    • Spill Response and Reporting
    • Fuel Storage Tanks
    • Spill Protection and Detection
    • Secondary Containment
    • Above Ground Tanks
    • Mobile Refuelers
    • Facility Storm Water
  • Various Fuels
    • Various Fuels Overview
    • Specification Standards
    • Commercial Fuels
    • Russia, China, and South Africa Fuels
    • Military Fuels
    • Alternate Fuel Sources
    • Biodiesel Blends
    • E85
    • Fuel Additives
  • Fuel Properties
    • Fuel Properties Overview
    • Energy Content
    • Composition
    • Volatility and Distillation
    • Flash Point and Density
    • Vapor Pressure Fluidity and Freezing Point
    • Viscosity Combustion and Specific Energy
    • Corrosion Stability and Contaminants
    • Existent Gum and Particulates
    • Filtration Time and Miscellaneous Properties
  • Quality
    • Quality Overview
    • Safety Precautions
    • Sample Types
    • Sample Precautions
    • Field Sampling and Test Equipment
    • Recoverable and Waste Products
    • Quality Assurance
    • Water Removal
    • Quality Surveillance
  • Pipeline Systems
    • Types of Pipeline Systems
    • Characteristics of Petroleum Fuels
    • Moving the Product
    • Pipeline and Pumping-Station Data
    • Head Capacities of Pumping Units
    • Multi-Product Pipelines
    • Scheduling Product Flow
  • Hardware
    • Hardware Overview
    • Butterfly and Gate Valves
    • Ball and Plug Valves
    • Check Valves
    • Automatic Valves
    • Pumps
    • Meters and Nozzles
    • Strainers

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Petroleum Apprentice (CPA) Level 1 examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Petroleum Apprentice (CPA) Level 1

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Petroleum Apprentice (CPA) Level 1 credential has the following recertification information:

  • CPA Level I certification must be renewed every three years. Renewal requirements include the recipient to have a re-evaluation completed by the Educational Committee which includes verification of experience, education and training history. Educational Committee will determine if the individual qualifies for recertification.