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Coming Soon! Online California Designated UST Operator Training Course!

After training Designated UST Operators (also known as DOs or DUSTOs) for over 9 years in a classroom setting, TAIT is now in the process of converting our classroom course to an online, self-paced course, which will be available in the Fall of 2013!

As required by the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Designated Operators must have their license renewed every two years.  After taking our training, every student must pass an exam administered by the International Code Council (ICC). Our training covers:

  • UST Systems
  • Release Detection
  • Release Reporting
  • Operating Requirement
  • Record Keeping

This new online course will be available 24/7, and will be self-paced, meaning a student’s work will be saved, and they can pick up where they finished. If a student does not pass the first time, that student can take the course again with no additional cost. If a student fails a second time, TAIT will provide a full refund as long as that student completes the course a second time. TAIT has 40 years of UST training experience, so any student will be in good hands.

Please check out the preview below:

Please visit www.pstinstruction.com for more information on this new course, as well as the other UST Operator Training Courses TAIT offers.

Upcoming Changes to the California UST ICC Exams

The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) announces changes to ICC UST Service Technician, Designated UST System Operator, and UST Inspector exams.

SWRCB recently announced pending changes to UST certification exams for the State of California.  The ICC exam content and references have been amended for the California UST Service Technician (UT), the California Designated UST Operator (UC), and the California UST Inspector (UI) exams.  This marks the most significant changes to the exam content and references since the regulations went into effect on January 1st, 2005.  The updates take effect on July 1st, 2012.

The most significant changes to the exam reference materials are that Straight Talk on Tanks will no longer be used, and the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) Recommended Practices (RP) 500 and PEI RP900 are now included as references for all three exams. PEI is the leading authority for fuel and fluid handling equipment. Tait is a long term member of the Petroleum Equipment Institute.

The UC and UI exams remain open book. However, starting July 1st, 2012 those taking the UC and UI must bring both the PEI RP500 and PEI RP900 to their exam. The UT exam remains closed book. Don’t worry, we are keeping a close eye on all the changes and are updating our California Training to keep it the most current course/s available. Tait is in constant communication with the State Water Resources Board, so please ask us if you have any questions for them and we will be happy to respond if we are already familiar with the question, or find out for you.

Rhode Island’s Draft UST Operator Training Regulations

Rhode Island has issued a notice of proposed regulations revisions and a public hearing affecting underground storage tanks (USTs).  The proposed regulations were created to add Section 8.22, as federally mandated by the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which outlines and mandates that an operator training program be implemented by each state.  The proposed regulations also propose changes to the operation and managment of USTs.

A public hearing is set for  March 4, 2011 at 1 pm EST at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), Room 300.  Written comments may be submitted by mail prior to the date of the public hearing at the address indicated above, or by hand-delivery during the public hearing. The public record will be kept open until 4:00 pm Monday, March 7, 2011.

Tennessee UST Operator Training Program is Active

Tennessee’s UST Operator Training Program is administered by the Environment and Conservation Agency/Board/Commission in the Underground Storage Tanks Division. The State of Tennessee is very proactive in educating tank owners and now has an active website for UST operator training.  The State requires every UST system to have a trained operator by August 8, 2012. Tennessee defines the A/B/C operators as:

  • “Class A Operator” means any person having primary responsibility for on-site operation and maintenance of underground storage tank systems and has successfully completed training requirements for this operator class in accordance with paragraph (2) of Rule 1200-01-15-.16.
  • “Class B Operator” means any person having daily on-site responsibility for the operation and maintenance of underground storage tank systems and has successfully completed training requirements for this operator class in accordance with paragraph (2)of Rule 1200-01-15-.16.
  • “Class C Operator” means any on-site employee having primary responsibility for addressing emergencies presented by a spill or release from an underground storage tank system and has successfully completed training requirements for this operator class in accordance with paragraph (2) of Rule 1200-01-15-.16.

Tennessee has two testing options which will be acceptable for Operator Training:

  • Tennessee has developed a Tennessee-specific UST System Operator Exam administered by the International Code Council.
  • Successfully passing the ICC National UST System Operator Exam will also be recognized by the State.

Anyone completing the State’s Tank School will be considered as having met the training requirements for UST Operator Training.   Tennessee has also developed a free web-based training option for Operator Training called “Tank Helper“. Training records of operator training must be kept only as long as the person serves as a Class A, B, or C operator at the facility, but not longer than three (3) years. Retraining may be required if there is a significant operational compliance violation found by the Division.

Tennessee has created a wonderful list of PST compliance documents that will be very helpful to tank owners in their state. When you have questions about tank compliance, financial responsibility, and technical guidance, they make it easy to find answers. They even mailed a CD called the Compliance Took Box to each tank owner in TN. You may review the full Rules of the Tennessee Department of State online. Current Tennessee UST Rules are also online. You can always email us if you have questions, too.

Tennessee Operator Training Requirements state:

Class C Operator training may be provided by the tank owner, a  trained Class A or Class B Operator in accordance with guidance published by the Division, or by successful completion of Class C Operator training using the Division’s web-based operator training program.

TAIT is approved to offer Class C UST Operator Training in Tennessee. Operators will still need to have the sign or manual available, but the course meets the training requirement. The manual or sign will be owner and even site specific. Here is what the rules say is required:

c)      If a UST facility has a person(s) on site, at least one person on site must be a Class C Operator whenever the facility is operating. No later than August 8, 2012 a sign or instruction manual must be placed where the Class C operator would be expected to see it during the normal course of their work.  At a minimum, it must include the following:

1.       Name and number of contact person for emergencies and monitoring equipment alarms, and

2.       Local emergency numbers, and

3.       Employee’s role in responding to spills and overfills, and

4.       Procedures for handling warnings, alarms, and response from leak detection console (if applicable), and

5.       An instruction to maintain a safe distance from any potential hazards.

Click here to order the Tennessee Class C UST Operator Training course. Email us if you have any questions about Tennessee’s Class C UST Operator Training.