UST Class A and Class B Operator Training

The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 made UST operator training mandatory for states receiving funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  In addition, section 1524 of the Energy Policy Act established the basic operator classes and definitions and tasked the EPA, in cooperation with states, with developing operator training guidelines.  The EPA published these guidelines in its Grant Guidelines to States for Implementing the Operator Training Provision of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (August 2007).

Class A operators have primary responsibility for on-site operation and maintenance of a UST facility.

Class A operators:

  • Manage resources and personnel;
  • Maintain compliance with federal, state, and local regulations;
  • Ensure that required records are kept; and
  • Ensure that operators at the facility are trained to respond to releases, spills, and other emergencies.

Class A operators must be trained on:

  • Spill and overfill prevention;
  • Methods of release detection and corrosion protection;
  • Emergency response procedures;
  • Product and equipment compatibility;
  • Financial responsibility;
  • Registration and spill notification;
  • Release and suspected release reporting and recordkeeping;
  • Requirements for temporary and permanent closure; and
  • Training requirements for Class B and Class C operators.

Class B operators have responsibility for the daily operation and maintenance of a UST facility.

Class B operators:

  • Meet release detection recordkeeping and reporting requirements;
  • Meet release prevention recordkeeping and reporting requirements;
  • Ensure that equipment complies with industry standards; and
  • Train personnel to properly respond to emergencies caused by releases or spills.

Class B operators must be trained on:

  • Materials and components of UST systems, and their operation and maintenance;
  • Spill and overfill prevention;
  • Methods of release detection and corrosion protection;
  • Emergency response procedures;
  • Product and equipment compatibility;
  • Financial responsibility;
  • Registration and spill notification;
  • Release and suspected release reporting and recordkeeping;
  • Requirements for temporary and permanent closure; and
  • Training requirements for Class B and Class C operators.

All of PASS’ UST operator training courses meet and exceed the federal requirements for UST operator training and are offered through our in-house designed and built Learning Management System (LMS). PASS’ state-specific A/B training courses are custom tailored to meet state requirements, and are accepted by more states than any other training provider.  Our courses are available on demand, 24/7 and are accessible from any internet-connected computer, tablet, or phone. The student can complete an entire course in a single session or take the course in segments. The training may be stopped and restarted, allowing for maximum schedule flexibility. PASS also does not impose time restrictions on course access, so students may take as much time as they need to complete their training.

PASS’ UST operator training course content is divided into chapters. Each chapter utilizes a combination of text, images, and narration, providing a multi-faceted learning experience for diverse learning styles. Each chapter is followed by a quiz. If the student answers a quiz question incorrectly, the application automatically redirects the student to the correct course information. The student is then given another opportunity to answer the quiz question. This reflexive quizzing model ensures comprehension of the course material and reinforces learner retention.

In addition to the quizzes, the UST Class A/B operator training course includes a final exam of 100 questions, 80% of which must be answered correctly in order to print a certificate. The trainee can complete the entire course in a single session (approximately 4 hours plus exam time) or take the course in segments.

COURSE OUTLINE

Chapter 1 – Operator Overview
This chapter describes the primary responsibilities of the Class A, Class B, and Class C operator. It also includes the training requirements for each class of operator.

Chapter 2 – System and Components
This chapter seeks to raise environmental awareness as well as clearly communicate a fundamental comprehension of UST systems. Components covered include secondary containment, emergency shut-off valves, vapor recovery, tank materials, and piping materials. A download of UST terminology is available here.

Chapter 3 – Release Detection
This chapter emphasizes release detection methods. Equipment testing, the analysis of test results, as well as monitoring of the UST system are addressed in this chapter. Release detection methods covered include automatic tank gauging (ATG), inventory control, secondary containment with interstitial monitoring, statistical inventory reconciliation (SIR), manual tank gauging, vacuum monitoring, soil vapor monitoring, groundwater monitoring, and tank tightness testing. Release detection methods for piping, such as electronic and manual line leak detectors, are also discussed.

Chapter 4 – Release Prevention
This chapter prompts the trainee to be proactive in preventing spills and releases. It covers the system components that are designed to prevent corrosion, spills, and overfills. These include spill buckets and sumps as well as sacrificial anode and impressed current cathodic systems, overfill protection valves, overfill alarms, and ball float valves. Secondary containment as well as alarms and warnings are covered in this chapter. An EPA Correct Filling Checklist is available for download.

Chapter 5 – Planning and Response
The focus of this chapter is preparation for a release and initial response actions. Topics include recognizing warning signs of a leak, maintaining spill kits, knowing the location of the Emergency Stop button, and posting emergency contact information. Critical attention is given to clean-up and release reporting requirements, including sensitive receptor protection and state notification requirements.

Chapter 6 – Financial Responsibility/Financial Documents
Owners and operators of petroleum USTs must demonstrate financial responsibility for bodily injury and property damage caused by spill and releases. This chapter covers financial responsibility statutes and financial assurance mechanisms as well as recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

Chapter 7 – Registration and Installation
This chapter discusses required documentation and reporting. Topics include tank permits, registration and administrative documents, and UST installation requirements.

Chapter 8 – Inspection and Closure
UST testing and inspection requirements are covered in this chapter. Delivery prohibition and temporary and permanent tank closures are also addressed.

You can find even more information on our A/B Operator Training FAQ page, state regulatory resource center page , or by contacting us.