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.
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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.
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The following topics are covered in this courses:
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.
The EPA established the following minimum training requirements for designated UST Class A, Class B, and Class C operators. All operators must be trained by October 13, 2018. After this date, new Class A and Class B operators must be trained within 30 days of assuming duties. Class C operators must be trained before assuming duties.
Class A operators – Each designated Class A operator must either be trained or pass a comparable examination that provides general knowledge of the following requirements:
At a minimum, the training program must evaluate Class A operators to determine if they have the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions regarding compliance and determine whether appropriate individuals are fulfilling the operation, maintenance, and recordkeeping requirements for UST systems.
Class B operators – Each designated Class B operator must either be trained or pass an examination about the regulatory requirements and typical equipment used at UST facilities; or site-specific requirements which address only the regulatory requirements and equipment specific to the facility:
At a minimum, the training program must evaluate Class B operators to determine if they have the knowledge and skills to implement applicable UST regulatory requirements on the components of either: typical UST systems or site-specific equipment used at their UST facility.
Class C operators – Each designated Class C operator must either: be trained by a Class A or Class B operator; complete a training program; or pass a comparable examination. The training option chosen must teach or evaluate the Class C operator's knowledge to take appropriate actions (including notifying appropriate authorities) in response to emergencies or alarms caused by spills or releases resulting from the operation of the UST system.
Training Requirments – This term covers the minimum requirements listed for the classes of operators described above and includes an evaluation through testing, a practical demonstration, or another approach acceptable to the implementing agency. A comparable examination must, at a minimum, test the knowledge of the Class A, Class B, or Class C operators in accordance with the requirements for each class listed above.
Retraining – Class A and B operators at UST systems determined to be out of compliance must be retrained within 30 days of the determination of noncompliance. For retraining, the training program or comparable examination must be developed or administered by an independent organization, the implementing agency, or a recognized authority. Retraining must, at a minimum, cover those areas found to be out of compliance. Retraining is not required if:
Records – Owners and operators must maintain a record identifying all currently designated operators at the facility. The record must include the operator name, operator class, date assumed duties, and training or retraining dates. In addition, owners and operators must have records verifying completion of training or retraining. This record must have the trainee name, date trained, operator training class completed, name of training company or examiner, and the training company’s name, address and telephone number.
June 2015 - UST Regulations Revised
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:
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.
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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:
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