The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires that if you are a Class A or Class B operator at one or more UST facilities, you must be trained and certified as such. How do you know if you are a Class A or Class B operator? Read the descriptions below.
Class A Operator: The Energy Policy Act of 2005 §1524 defines Class A operators as “persons having primary responsibility for on-site operation and maintenance of underground storage tank systems.” The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Grant Guidelines for Implementing the Operator Training Provision of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 further states that “The Class A operator’s responsibilities include managing resources and personnel, such as establishing work assignments, to achieve and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.”
Class B Operator: The Energy Policy Act of 2005 §1524 defines Class B operators as “persons having daily on-site responsibility for the operation and maintenance of underground storage tank systems.” The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Grant Guidelines for Implementing the Operator Training Provision of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 further states that a “Class B operator implements applicable underground storage tank regulatory requirements . . . in the field. This individual implements day-to-day aspects of operating, maintaining, and recordkeeping for underground storage tanks at one or more facilities. For example, this individual typically monitors, maintains, and ensures:
Release detection method, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements are met.
Release prevention equipment, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements are met.
All relevant equipment complies with performance standards.
Appropriate individuals are trained to properly respond to emergencies caused by releases or spills from underground storage tank systems at the facility.”
Yes. PASS courses cover the training requirements detailed in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the EPA’s UST regulations (40 CFR §280). We also write our state-specific courses using that state’s UST regulations.
We have been reviewing the proposed changes. Critical changes, like the mandatory monthly walk-through inspection requirement, will be incorporated into our training courses, so our students will always have the most up-to-date regulatory information. For more information, check out the January 2014 issue of our newsletter, PASSing Notes.
Check out our list of state trainings. Here you will find information on which courses we offer in which states, state retraining requirements, and reciprocity information. We also provide links to and contact information for the UST program in each state.
No, all you need is a computer and an internet connection.
PASS’ A/B course usually takes no longer than 4 hours to complete.
No. Our platform allows individuals to work and complete training on a schedule that is most convenient to them. When a student exits the training, our system saves his or her status. The next time the student logs in, the student will be directed to the place he or she stopped.
Once you purchase a PASS course, you have unlimited access to it as long as your certificate is valid. You may take as much time as you need to review the material, take the quizzes, and complete the final exam.
ICC stands for International Code Council, an international codes and standards organization. The ICC has written examinations for professionals in many fields, including UST operation. Some states have chosen the ICC to administer exams to their A and B operators at Pearson VUE testing centers. After students have passed the exam(s), they receive a printed operator training certification. PASS is the only approved provider of ICC exam preparation courses. For complete information on PASS’ ICC preparatory courses, click here.
Yes. We periodically arrange general training sessions across the country and we are happy to put together a custom training session for your company and employees. Visit our classroom training page for more information.
We currently offer UST Class C training in Spanish. In addition, our program is designed with a simple, graphically-driven interface which incorporates both audio/video and text. This allows for a clear and straightforward user experience.
For states that have adopted requirements that are in addition to the federal guidelines, we have created state-specific courses. For more information, see our list of state trainings.
By combining Class A and Class B operator training and utilizing a single test, valuable employee cross-training is achieved. You must achieve a score of 80% or higher to pass.
No. Once you have initially purchased a training course, you will be able to go back and review any time you like without any extra fees and access all sections at your convenience. Keep in mind that if your state requires you to retrain after a set amount of time, you will be required to purchase a new training credit to satisfy that requirement.