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California UST Operator Training Course is now available

After training Designated UST Operators (also known as DOs or DUSTOs) for over 9 years in a classroom setting, TAIT is now finished in the process of converting our classroom course to an online, self-paced course.  This course is now available on our website. http://tait.ustcourse.com/store

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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 is available 24/7, and will be self-paced, meaning a student’s work is 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 visit http://tait.ustcourse.com/store for more information on this new course, as well as the other UST Operator Training Courses TAIT offers. You can take the course HERE.

Updated Illinois AB UST Operator Course – Shortened Exam

You requested we delivered! The Illinois AB UST operator course exam questions have been cut in half! Same great training, fewer questions, and a new look and feel! For simple and automatic enrollment visit tait.ustcourse.com. For quick purchase, click on the button below to get started on your training today!


New 2-hour TFFA Texas AB UST Course

The TFFA Texas course has been remodeled! Shortest TCEQ approved Texas course offered for AB Operator training! Eye appealing, direct, and easy to follow information. Click on the button below OR visit texas.ustcourse.com to get started!

2013 PEI/NACS Show

2013 PEI/NACS show


Dennis Tweedy, Billy Watroba and Melanie Nelson attended the NACS show this year, and were joined by a close subcontractor of ours, Katie Seaborn from American Containment Services, Inc.

The 2013 PEI/NACS show, the biggest exposition of fuel handling equipment in the world, lasted from October 12-15 in Atlanta, Georgia. This was the largest NACS show in their history, with 1,050 companies in a attendance making it the 48th largest trade show this year. Over 20,000 people gathered to view and buy the latest advances not only in the convenience store industry, but also in the petroleum business. Every year PEI members convene to discuss, display, and market innovative technologies and services, keeping the industry on the cutting edge. As a bonus, the connections made throughout the convention help to expand and improve businesses, which leads to a greater, more efficient petroleum industry, and where better to have it than in the middle of the #1 buying show in the country. The educational sessions at the NACS show provided extensive information about the highly competitive and illustrious convenience industry. Topics covered in these sessions included:FPImage(10)

  • traditional vs. digital marketing
  • cyberespionage
  • good financing
  • data-driven product positioning
  • the impacts of health care reform
  • customer engagement
  • social media, and much more!

To read more about the topics covered in these sessions visit NACS Educational Sessions, and to learn more about the PEI/NACS Show visit their website. Click here to learn more about the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI). For those who are interested, the  following is a video preview of what the PEI/NACS show is all about:


24th National Tanks Conference & Expo

24th National Tanks Conference & Expo

Come see TAIT in booth #102! We will be next to our training partner UST Training and are happy to discuss training and our many programmatic tank services such as testing and inspections, as well as the full gamete from design and installation, repairs and upgrades through removals and remediation.

The Annual National Tanks Conference and Exposition is produced by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks, the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials, and the host state, this year it’s Colorado.

The purpose of this event is to provide learning and networking opportunities for federal, state, and tribal colleagues in the underground storage community. The focus is on progress, priorities, and plans for the pursuit of a common goal–to find new and better ways to work together to protect human health and the environment from tank releases.

TAIT enjoys participating in the shows and look forward to them each year. We are giving out an Apple prize again this year. See last year’s winner below.  Come visit us in Booth #102! If you’d like to schedule a time to meet, contact Melanie Nelson.

iPod Winner Chris Plassmeyer

iPod Winner Chris Plassmeyer

See TAIT at PEI / NACS – Atlanta, Oct 12-15

Come see TAIT  in booth #4552 at the PEI 2014 CONVENTION OCTOBER 12th – 15th, 2013

The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) has held its Fall Meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 1995 and the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) has held its annual meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 2002. In 2012, the NACS Show attracted more than 24,000 industry professionals from 65 countries — all seeking or offering the newest innovations, education and conversations about today’s important industry trends and issues.

As convenience and fuel retailing’s premier industry event, the NACS Show offers unmatched opportunities for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from one another — all in an environment rich with new ideas and new partnerships.

TAIT enjoys participating in the shows and looks forward to them each year. One funny thing from last year was that my suit matched the carpet. No, really. I’ll add the picture below. Come visit us in Booth #4552!

Melanie matched the Carpet

Usually Melanie stands out in her Bright Red suit…

TAIT’s Alaska A/B UST Operator Training

The State of Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation required all operators in Alaska receive training and become certified by 12/31/12If operators are not certified by this date, the owner and/or operator may be subject to penalties.  A record of each operator’s certificate must be kept onsite. Additionally, a copy of each Class A and/or B operator’s training certificate, along with a current Class A/B facility operator designation form, must be submitted to department’s UST staff ensure the facility’s records are properly updated. 

Picture from one of TAIT’s projects in Alaska

TAIT has trained over 6,000 A/B UST Operators in the classroom and online. Our online State of Alaska UST operator course also certifies students as Class C operators upon completion of the A/B training course. Our self-paced course allows you to start and pause the training as often as needed, and saves your progress as you work through the videos.  The training course has been approved by the State of Alaska, Department of Environmental Conservation, as a means for gaining Alaska Class A or B Operator Certification.

Our course teaches on these topics and more:

Our training course will educate the prospective Class A or B operator on the State of Alaska Regulations and USEPA Federal Regulations governing the operation of underground storage tanks. The course will prepare students to take the online Alaska Class A or B UST Operator Exam.

The Underground Storage Tank (UST) staff of the Industry Preparedness Program (IPP) provides technical and regulatory assistance on underground tank systems in Alaska. We are pleased to have worked with them to receive approval of our online course. Please contact us if you have any questions. We do offer a Bulk discount when you are purchasing the course for more than one operator. Be sure to ask Melanie about getting the discount!

View from one of TAIT’s projects in Alaska

Alabama UST Operator Training

TAIT offers Class C UST Operator Training in Alabama. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) is the Department that approves the operator training according to Underground Storage Tank Regulations, Rule 335-6-15-46 (p. 79 of 91).

The Memorandum issued September 3, 2010 established that all operators must be trained by August 8, 2012. The Regulations define Class A, Class B and Operator Training in detail online. The ADEM defines a Class C Operator as:

any person who is, or is employed by,
the tank owner, underground storage tank facility owner, or lessee, who is generally the first line of response to events indicating  emergency conditions. This person is responsible for responding to alarms or other indications of
emergencies caused by spills or releases from underground storage tank systems, and for notifying the Class B or Class A operator and appropriate emergency responders when necessary. Not all employees of the facility are
necessarily Class C operators. This person typically:
1. Controls or monitors the dispensing or sale of regulated
substances; or
2. Is responsible for initial response to alarms or releases.

All owners and operators of UST systems need to designate a Class A, Class B and Class C operator for each facility. One person may hold more than one class designation, but must be trained for each. Generally, the A and B operators will take an A/B combined training course. C Operators can be trained by an A/B operator, or may take a separate course, such as the one TAIT is qualified to offer online.

Class C Training records must be made available at the facility, and produced upon request by the Department during an inspection. Class A and B records may be maintained at the facility or at an alternative site. Upon completing the online training, a certificate is available for printing that can be displayed or maintained on site so that it will be available for inspection.

Announcing Nevada A/B UST Operator Training

Tait offers both Classroom Training and Online Training for to become Nevada A/B UST Operators

Register Now for A/B UST Operator Certification in Nevada. The deadline was August 8, 2012!

The Online Nevada Class A/B UST Operator Training Course is designed to train and certify Nevada Class A and B Underground Storage Tank Operators. This self-paced course allows the student to start and pause the training during its delivery. The course must be completed within 6 months of its start. The course utilizes visual aids and audio commentary to facilitate the efficient and comprehensive learning of the subject matter required to meet Nevada’s state regulations for an UST Class A or B Operator. The training course has been approved by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), Bureau of Corrective Actions, as a means for gaining Nevada Class A or B Operator Certification. Click Here to Register for Online Training.

The Classroom Nevada Class A/B UST Operator Training Course course utilizes visual aids and instructor led commentary to facilitate the efficient and comprehensive learning of the subject matter required to meet the regulations for an UST Class A or B Operator. The training and certification course has been approved for becoming certified as a Class A and Class B UST Operator in Nevada. Click Here to Register for Classroom Training. Classes will be created and scheduled for interested parties with 20 or more attendees.

Nevada Administrative Code 459.9921 to 459.999 institutes an operator training component of UST regulations, designed to ensure that operators have the appropriate knowledge regarding the operation and maintenance of UST systems.  The NDEP defines Class A, Class B and Class C Operators as:

  • Class A operators have primary responsibility to operate and maintain the underground storage tank system including managing resources and personnel, such as establishing work assignments, to achieve and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Class B operators implement applicable underground storage tank regulatory requirements and standards in the field including day-to-day aspects of operating, maintaining, and recordkeeping.
  • Class C operators are employees responsible for the initial response to alarms or other indications of emergencies caused by spills or releases from an underground storage tank

We do also offer Class C Operator Training in Nevada. Click Here to Register for the Class C UST Operator Training course. Class C courses are discounted when purchased in bulk. Please contact Melanie Nelson for details.

We are not just a training company, but a full-service petroleum storage tank services company with over 46 years of history.  Our firm is able to conduct inspections, test, repair, design, install, or remove systems, in addition to serving as UST operators where the need arises. TAIT began as a civil engineering and environmental consulting firm in 1964, offering a variety of development services with a strong dedication to quality.  Today, our family-owned, multi-disciplined firm offers a complete array of services to public and private clients.  More specifically, we offer environmental investigation and remediation, fuel system design, compliance management, construction administration, civil engineering, surveying, architecture, planning, and entitlement services to our diverse client base.

TAIT has been training UST operators ever since the requirements were developed in California. To date, we’ve trained thousands of UST operators.  And we bring our vast knowledge of regulations in California, the nation’s toughest regulatory environment, to our library of training programs.  TAIT has trained thousands of UST operators in several states and we are adding more all the time.

NACS Show 2012
NACS Show 2012 in Las Vegas

Are you going to the NACS Show? The Petroleum Equipment Institute hosts the nation’s largest equipment and convenience store trade show in Las Vegas October 8th – 10th. Save the date and come see us at the show! We will be in Booth #4818.

Michigan UST Operator Online ICC Preparation Course Available Now

Tait’s Michigan UST Operator ICC Preparatory Course is now available online.

Michigan’s ICC Exam is available to be taken now, and does not require a preparatory course. ICC exams can be difficult however, and Tait has developed this course to prepare you for the Michigan UST Operator Exam. Students can enroll in the course by going to www.PSTinstruction.com or by calling Melanie Nelson at 214-531-9377.

What Class of Operator are you? Review Michigan’s definitions below, or read them in their official  notice:

Class A: This is the person who has primary responsibility to operate and maintain the underground storage tank system. For a typical gas station, it is the owner of the station or his designee. For large corporations, this is the manager or designee responsible for tank operations. The class A operator can also be designated as a Class B operator as long as he/she has passed the Class B operator exam.

Class B: This designation is for the individual or individuals who implement day-to-day aspects of operating, maintaining, and record keeping for underground storage tank systems at one or more facilities. For a typical gas station, it is the owner or the person/company contracted by the owner to maintain the tanks. For large corporations, it is the employee, or person/company contracted by the corporation to maintain the tanks. A broad knowledge base is required for a Class A operator, but the Class B operator must have in-depth knowledge of tank system operation and maintenance.

Class C: This is an individual who is responsible for responding to alarms or other indications of emergencies caused by spills, releases, or overfills associated with an underground storage tank system. For a typical gas station, this is the cashier. Though a test is not required, this person must be trained in responding to releases, alarms, and emergency conditions. Training can be performed by the Class A operators, Class B operators, or third-party vendors. Class C operator training is required to be documented.

The following topics are covered in Tait’s Online Michigan UST Operator ICC Exam Preparatory course:

  • Class A, B and C Operator roles and responsibilities
  • Overview of UST systems
  • UST operator requirements, Michigan Underground Storage Tank Rules [MUSTR]
  • Release detection
  • Record keeping, financial responsibility
  • Release reporting, confirmation, and corrective action

There is a 60-question preparatory exam at the end of the course to prepare students for the Michigan A and B UST Operator ICC Exam. Students are required to pass the  evaluation in order to receive their certificate of completion of the course.

Bulk Discounts are available when enrolling multiple students for the course. Contact Melanie Nelson for discount codes, and use this Bulk Discount link for purchases.

See our earlier blog post regarding Michigan finalizing their UST Operator rules.