UST Certification FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions about UST Requirements & our Classes A/B Owner/Manager and  C Operator Courses

Understanding the UST requirements for your business or place of work is vital to ensuring that customers, staff, the business and the local environment stay safe. Places with underground storage tanks have severe fire risks present as well as environmental risks associated with leakage. Education regarding recordkeeping, insurance and proper procedures are key for prevention and successful operation. As such, there are education requirements for the different operators at establishments with one or more underground storage tanks.

General Information

 

1. Who regulates UST systems?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) develops regulations for underground storage tank systems. However, regulatory authority is delegated to individual states. Depending on the state, a UST program may have more stringent requirements than the federal regulations. Our certifications at this time are for the state of Florida and are under the purview of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FLDEP).

2. What are the responsibilities of a UST owner/manager or employee?

Owners and/or managers are required to complete the class A/B certification that, among other things, covers the recordkeeping and business management of having a UST on your premise. At least one employee per shift that deals with the UST must be class ‘C’ certified.

3. What records need to be maintained about Class A/B or C operators?
Owners and operators must maintain a record identifying all currently designated operators at the facility. These records must include: the operator name, operator class, date, assumed duties, and training or retraining dates. Owners and operators must also have records that verify the completion of training or retraining. Proof of training should include: trainee name, date trained, operator training class completed, name of training company or examiner, and the training company’s name, address and telephone number.

4. When do operators need retraining?
Any Class A/B Owner/Manager that is found to be out of compliance is required to be retrained within 30 days of the determination of noncompliance. Retraining isn’t required if they take an annual refresher training or if the implementing agency waives the requirement for retraining.

Class A/B Owner/Manager Course

 

1. How long is the course?
The course is approximately 1 hour.

2. Is there an option for businesses to buy the course in bulk for their managers?
Yes! There is even a great business account management (BAM) tool that will let you assign courses, check the progress and more!

3. What if my business doesn’t have a computer for managers to use to take the training?
Our course is mobile-friendly! When a course is assigned to them, they can complete the course anywhere using their smartphones.

4. How long is certification good for?
In general, there isn’t an expiration date for the certification. However, if a facility is found in serious violation of the requirements, then the owner/manager is required to retake their certification within 30 days of the violation.

Class C Operator Course

 

1. How long is the course?
The course is approximately 15 minutes.

2. Is there an option for businesses to buy the course in bulk for their employees?
Yes! There is even a great business account management (BAM) tool that will let you assign promo codes, check the progress of your staff, and more!

3. What if my business doesn’t have a computer for employees to use to take the training?
Our course is mobile-friendly! With your permission, they can complete the course on-site using their smartphones.

4. How long is certification good for?
In general, there isn’t an expiration date for the certification. However, best practices highly encourage annual renewal to ensure that everyone is aware of the safety protocols that will help protect staff, customers, and business property.