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UST Class A/B & C Operator Training
UST Operator Training Courses


In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established minimum training requirements for designated Class A, Class B, and Class C operators and mandated that all UST Operators in all states must be trained by October 13, 2018. After this date, new Class A and Class B UST operators must be trained within 30 days of assuming duties. Class C operators must be trained before assuming duties. Note: States may require additional requirements and mandatory certification earlier – choose your state here.

What is UST owner and operator training?
Operator training is a three-tiered training program (Class A, Class B, and Class C) for the operation of Underground Storage Tanks (USTs). The training is required by federal law, and is intended to ensure that those who own and operate underground tanks understand how to operate and maintain UST systems properly.

Whether you are becoming certified for the first time or just need to recertify, you will get the regulatory information you need to stay current with your State's UST requirements and help your clients or employer avoid potential penalty liability.

When must operators be trained?
After August 1, 2012, any new Class A or B operator must successfully complete their exam within 30 days of assuming responsibility for the UST system. Class C operators must complete their training before assuming their responsibilities as the Class C operator.

Latest UST EPA News
Check out the latest EPA news on USTs around the U.S. here.

Basic UST Owner Operator Training Information

  • About Class A/B & C Courses
  • EPA Min. Requirements
  • 2015 Revised UST Regulations
  • C-Store Training

About Class A/B & C UST Owner Operator Training Courses

UST Operator TrainingDescription
The UST Class A/B Owner Operator and Class C Operator training and certification course are self-paced, video-enhanced courses that meet the requirements for environmental compliance of state and federal regulations for an UST Facility Class A/B or C Operator. Depending on your state’s regulations, this material may require additional site-specific training.

There is a 60-question exam at the end of the course. Students are required to pass the evaluation answering a minimum of 75% of the questions correctly. Upon completion of the course, a Class A/B or C UST Operator Certificate can be downloaded.

Class A/B Course

  • Duration: 4 hrs

Class C Course

  • Duration: 1 hr


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Course Outline
The following topics are covered in this courses:

  • Introduction to a generic UST facility including the major fuel system components and emergency equipment
  • The roles and responsibilities of the Class A, B and C Operators
  • Site-specific emergency procedures development
  • Emergency contact procedures
  • Safety awareness for employees and customers
  • Overfill prevention
  • Monitoring of the UST facility
  • Fire safety and introduction to fire extinguishers
  • Alarm panel recognition and response procedures
  • Fuel spill containment and cleanup

At the conclusion of the training course, a 60-question multiple-choice assessment will be administered. As soon as you begin the assessment, you will have 90 elapsed minutes to complete the test. You must obtain a passing score of 75% correctly answered questions to gain certification.

Course Completion Certificate
The Certificate of Course Completion can be downloaded and printed for documentation purposes. In order to obtain the Certificate, you must log into your student account and click the “Certificates” link found adjacent to your course.

The certificate contains a section for the Class C Operator to sign and date, attesting that you have taken the course and passed the examination. The certificate also contains a section for the Class A or B Operator to certify that on-site training has been completed, as required by your state.

The certificate also includes a section to document the facility name, address and facility number for which you have been trained. The certificate must be completed for the certificate to be valid.

2015 Revised Regulations

June 2015 - UST Regulations Revised
UST Training - EPA In June 2015, the EPA issued the 2015 underground storage tank regulation and the 2015 state program approval regulation. The revisions strengthen the 1988 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations by increasing emphasis on properly operating and maintaining UST equipment. The revisions will help prevent and detect UST releases, which are a leading source of groundwater contamination. The revisions will also help ensure all USTs in the United States, including those in Indian country, meet the same minimum standards.

Regulations for USTs - Download
Revising Underground Storage Tank Regulations – Revisions to Existing Requirements and New Requirements for Secondary Containment and Operator Training final rule published in the Federal Register (PDF) (119 pp, 1.5MB) on July 15, 2015.

General Changes and Revisions
The 2015 regulation changes certain portions of the 1988 underground storage tank (UST) technical regulation in 40 CFR part 280. The changes establish federal requirements that are similar to key portions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. In addition, EPA added new operation and maintenance requirements and addressed UST systems deferred in the 1988 UST regulation. The changes include:

  • Adding secondary containment requirements for new and replaced tanks and piping;
  • Adding operator training requirements;
  • Adding periodic operation and maintenance requirements for UST systems;
  • Adding requirements to ensure UST system compatibility before storing certain biofuel blends;
  • Removing past deferrals for emergency generator tanks, airport hydrant systems, and field-constructed tanks;
  • Updating codes of practice;
  • Making editorial and technical corrections;

State Program Aproval (SPA) Requirements Updated
The 2015 state program approval (SPA) regulation also updates SPA requirements in 40 CFR part 281 and incorporates the changes to the UST technical regulation listed above.

  • 38 SPA states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico currently have SPA and have three years to reapply in order to retain their SPA status. Owners and operators in these states must continue to follow their state requirements until the state changes its requirements or until the state’s SPA status changes.
  • Owners and operators in 16 non-SPA states and territories must meet the federal requirements according to the schedule in the 2015 UST regulation. In addition, owners and operators will need to follow their state requirements.
  • Indian country UST owners and operators must meet the federal requirements according to the schedule in the 2015 UST regulation.


Convenience Store (C-Store) Essentials Training with UST Operator Training

C-Store TrainingConvenience Store (C-Store) education and training should begin before any new employee is hired and continue the entire time each person works for you. Make your store the one people return to regularly by offering them the most well-trained and educated clerks around.

One of the best ways to ensure your employees are ready to start their jobs and to encourage them to stay long term is to have them take a training course about the convenience store business. Our classes are available online and provide the highest level of educational products within the convenience retailing industry.

Now you can get each member of your team off on the right foot with our innovative and professional certification program designed specifically for employees of service stations and convenience stores.

UST Operator Training
Owners and operators should check with the state where their USTs are located to determine state-specific operator class descriptions and applicable training requirements. Generally, the duties of UST Operators fall into three classes:

  • Class A Operator: Persons having primary responsibility for on-site operation and maintenance of underground storage tank systems.
  • Class B Operator: Persons having daily on-site responsibility for the operation and maintenance of underground storage tank systems.
  • Class C Operator: Provide clerks and non-management personnel of petroleum storage tank facilities with a basic training course that can help managers (Class B Operators) who must ensure there is a Certified Class C Operator present at their petroleum storage tank facilities.

Convenience Store Essentials Training – $49.50 Includes:

  • Food Handler Training Course
  • Alcohol Seller-Server Training (Off-Premise)
  • Underground Storage Tank (UST) Class C Operator Training

Convenience Store Essentials for Food Managers – $145.00 Includes:

  • Learn2Serve Food Safety Principles Manager Training Course & ANSI Exam
  • UST Facility Class A/B Operator Training
  • Alcohol Seller-Server Off-Premise Training

Stay in compliance and avoid penalties by getting your C-Store and Class A, B, and C Operators trained today! For more info, click state links: