If You Own or Operate Regulated USTs, You Need This Course!
PLEASE NOTE: This offering is a self-paced online version of the course. This is NOT an instructor-led classroom offering. This course requires internet access and an email address. It will take approximately eight (8) hours to complete the course.
This new Underground Storage Tank (UST) Operator Training Course is part of a new required training program for the operation of regulated USTs. An example of a regulated facility is a retail fuel facility.
The U.S. EPA has established new minimum training requirements for designated Class A, Class B, and Class C operators to ensure that those who own and operate regulated underground storage tanks understand how to operate and maintain their UST systems properly. The federal regulations dictate that all regulated UST facilities must have a trained Class A, B, and C operator.
UST Operator Classes
For the purposes of implementing the new UST operator training requirements, three classes of operators have been identified:
- The Class A operator is typically the manager in charge of resources and personnel and is responsible for operating and maintaining the regulated UST system.
- The Class B operator is designated by the owner/operator to have day-to-day responsibility for the regulated UST system.
- The Class C operator is an individual designated by the owner/operator to be responsible for initially responding to emergencies and typically controls the dispensing or sale of regulated substances.
Each regulated UST facility must have a Class A, Class B, and Class C operator designated. All individuals designated as Class A, B, or C operators must, at a minimum, be trained according to the corresponding criteria.
The NJDEP is combining the subjects for Class A and Class B in this new class that will cover the federally required training curriculum for A/B operators. Topics include:
- Regulatory requirements applicable to UST systems;
- Financial responsibility;
- Notification and storage tank registration;
- Environmental and regulatory consequences of releases;
- Operation and maintenance of regulated UST systems;
- Spill and overfill prevention;
- Release detection and related reporting;
- Corrosion protection and related testing;
- Product and equipment compatibility; and
- Training requirements for Class C operators (A/B operators may be responsible for training).
UST Class A/B Operator Exam
Completion of the A/B operator training program requires passing the Class A/B operator examination given by the International Code Council (ICC). To register for the exam, visit https://www.iccsafe.org/certification-exam-catalog. Use the exam code "NJ" to search for the exam and register.
Included in your course fee is a binder that you will be able to bring with you when you sit for the exam. After you register and access the online course, you will be prompted to provide a physical mailing address (no PO boxes) where you want us to send the binder. On the next business day, the binder will be sent to you via overnight delivery.
After you successfully complete the course, we will email you a certificate of completion. You will need to present this certificate when you take the exam.
For more information about New Jersey's A/B Operator training program, please see the NJDEP website at http://www.nj.gov/dep/enforcement/ust.html.
Who Should Take this Course?
Anyone who owns or operates a regulated UST facility or wishes to be employed as a designated Class A or Class B operator will need to take this course.
NJDEP staff from the Bureau of UST Compliance & Enforcement have developed the content for this program.
NOTE: These new federal designations and corresponding training requirements are different from the state's regulatory training that is mandated for all New Jersey UST certified service providers every three years.