Texas UST Operator Training

Texas UST Operator Class A B & C Training

Texas TQEC Underground Storage Tank (UST) Class AB & C Certification

State Requirements
As required by the EPA, all UST operators must be trained by October 13, 2018. After this date, new Class A and B operators must be trained within 30 days of assuming duties. Class C operators must be trained before assuming duties.

Section 1524 of the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 placed new requirements on federal and state governments for underground storage tanks (UST). Among the requirements, each state was to develop an operator training program for all UST owners and/or operators and require each UST Facility have Class A, Class B, and Class C operators.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) adopted rules that set Aug. 8, 2012, as the deadline for UST systems to have designated and trained Class A, Class B, and Class C operators. Each Texas UST  facility must have at least one named individual certified for each class of UST operator — classes A, B, and C . One person may hold more than one operator UST operator classification. During hours of operation, at least one certified UST operator must be present at the facility at all times.

  • A Class A UST Operator has the primary responsibility of ensuring the proper operation and maintenance of a UST system. This role is typically filled by the facility owner, or a manager who acts in the capacity of managing resources and personnel .
  • A Class B UST Operator has the primary responsibility of implementing all applicable requirements of these regulations in the field, including day-to-day aspects of the operation and maintenance of the UST system. These responsibilities include a detailed knowledge of all the components listed above for a Class A operator. Also, the designated Class B operator for a facility must ensure that all Class C operators at that facility receive the required training. This role is typically filled by the facility manager, or a person with technical expertise.
  • A Class C UST Operator of a UST system must be trained in both general and facility-specific emergency-response procedures. Class A and Class B operators are responsible for maintaining the emergency procedures on-site for easy access by Class C operators. This role is typically filled by the facility clerks.

Class A and Class B operators must complete a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approved operator training course or process. Approved TCEQ Class A and Class B Training Provider – 360Training.com Reseller.

Retraining Requirements
Chapter 334, Subchapter N – Operator Training – Rule §334.605
Certified Class A and Class B Operators must be re-trained within three years of their last training date. Certified Class C operators must be re-trained within three years of their last training date.

If an underground storage tank (UST) facility receives a notice of violation and the agency determines that the UST facility is in significant noncompliance, the designated Class B operators for that UST facility, must attend either a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approved compliance class that addresses the noted non-compliant areas or an acceptable operator training course as specified in §334.603 of this title, within the time frame specified by the TCEQ for that violation. As a result of the retraining of Class A operators or Class B operators, subsequent re-training of the Class C operators shall also occur.

Voluntary refresher training is encouraged to ensure operator is up-to-date with current regulations and procedures.


UST Course Information

UST Class A/B Course Description
The UST Class A/B operator training course is presented in chapters. Each chapter utilizes multimedia to enrich the learning experience. Each chapter is followed by a quiz. If the student answers a quiz question incorrectly, the quiz feedback redirects the student to the correct course information.

In addition to the quizzes, the UST Class A/B operator training course includes a final exam of 100 questions, 80% of which must be answered correctly in order to print a certificate.

There is not any time restriction to access the course, so students can complete the entire course in a single session (approximately 4 hours plus exam time) or take the course in segments.

UST Class C Course Description
The UST Class C operator training course consists of seven chapters. Each chapter is followed by a short quiz. Once a student has completed all chapters and quizzes, the learner will be directed to print out a course checklist.

The course is instructed through a student orientation tour of a mock facility, where a manager (or Class B Operator) will identify and explain each topic and then mark them off a checklist when completed.  When the checklist has been completed, the student can then print the UST Class C operator certificate.

There is not any time restriction to access the course, so students may take as much time as needed to complete their training

UST Operator A/B Course Outline
The following topics are covered in the UST A/B Operator course:

  • Chapter 1:  Operator Overview
    This chapter describes the primary responsibilities of the Class A, Class B, and Class C operator. It also includes the training requirements for each class of operator.
  • Chapter 2:  System and Components
    This chapter seeks to raise environmental awareness as well as clearly communicate a fundamental comprehension of UST systems. Components covered include secondary containment, emergency shut-off valves, vapor recovery, tank materials, and piping materials. A download of UST terminology is available here.
  • Chapter 3:  Release Detection
    This chapter emphasizes release detection methods. Equipment testing, the analysis of test results, as well as monitoring of the UST system are addressed in this chapter. Release detection methods covered include automatic tank gauging (ATG), inventory control, secondary containment with interstitial monitoring, statistical inventory reconciliation (SIR), manual tank gauging, vacuum monitoring, soil vapor monitoring, groundwater monitoring, and tank tightness testing. Release detection methods for piping, such as electronic and manual line leak detectors, are also discussed.
  • Chapter 4:  Release Prevention
    This chapter prompts the trainee to be proactive in preventing spills and releases. It covers the system components that are designed to prevent corrosion, spills, and overfills. These include spill buckets and sumps as well as sacrificial anode and impressed current cathodic systems, overfill protection valves, overfill alarms, and ball float valves. Secondary containment as well as alarms and warnings are covered in this chapter. An EPA Correct Filling Checklist is available for download.
  • Chapter 5:  Planning and Response
    The focus of this chapter is preparation for a release and initial response actions. Topics include recognizing warning signs of a leak, maintaining spill kits, knowing the location of the Emergency Stop button, and posting emergency contact information. Critical attention is given to clean-up and release reporting requirements, including sensitive receptor protection and state notification requirements.
  • Chapter 6:  Financial Responsibility/Financial Documents
    Owners and operators of petroleum USTs must demonstrate financial responsibility for bodily injury and property damage caused by spill and releases. This chapter covers financial responsibility statutes and financial assurance mechanisms as well as recordkeeping and reporting requirements.
  • Chapter 7:  Registration and Installation
    This chapter discusses required documentation and reporting. Topics include tank permits, registration and administrative documents, and UST installation requirements.
  • Chapter 8:  Inspection and Closure
    UST testing and inspection requirements are covered in this chapter. Delivery prohibition and temporary and permanent tank closures are also addressed.

UST Operator Class C Course Outline
The following topics are covered in the UST A/B Operator course:

  • Chapter 1:  Facility Overview
    This chapter provides a basic overview of the primary components of a typical UST facility. These components include the USTs, manways, spill buckets, fuel dispensers, and dispenser nozzles.
  • Chapter 2:  Monitoring
    This chapter emphasizes the components used to monitor a UST facility. Students will learn what an Automatic Tank Gauge (ATG) is and does, how to interpret its alarms and warnings, and what to do in case of an alarm. The role of line leak detectors is also discussed.
  • Chapter 3:  Environmental
    In this chapter, students learn about sensitive receptors, or places where a fuel spill may leave the facility and enter the environment. The chapter also introduces students to the spill kit and its contents, and how to use spill kit components to contain spills threatening sensitive receptors like curb breaks and drains.
  • Chapter 4:  Fueling Rules
    The focus of this chapter is fuel delivery safety. Students will watch a short video on proper fueling procedures. Students also learn about hazards at the fueling point, including smoking, static electricity, leaving a vehicle unattended while fueling, and leaving a vehicle running while fueling.
  • Chapter 5:  Delivery Procedures
    This chapter teaches the student how to supervise a fuel delivery and monitor for problems during a fuel delivery. Additional emphasis is placed on the ATG and on overfill prevention devices like overfill prevention valves and ball float valves. Delivery prohibitions are also addressed.
  • Chapter 6:  Safety
    This chapter covers safety information every Class C Operator needs to respond to emergencies. Included here is a video explaining when and how to use a fire extinguisher. The Emergency Stop and All Stop buttons are identified and discussed.
  • Chapter 7:  Emergency Situations
    This chapter discusses common emergency situations and proper responses to them, including what to do if a vehicle leaves the facility with the nozzle still in the vehicle’s fuel spout. Managing customer traffic in the event of a spill is also covered. Correct fire extinguisher operation is reviewed.
  • Chapter 8:  Final Checklist
    Review and complete the checklist to complete your training

UST Course Completion Certificate
Print a copy of your completion certificate for your employer and records. You may also login and reprint your certificate at any time.

Texas UST State Contacts

Texas was granted state program approval (SPA) in 1996.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) – Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) – State Lead Program is authorized by law to remediate sites where a release from a PST system has occurred. Release incident cases that are eligible for the program generally involve responsible parties (RPs) who are either financially unable or unwilling to conduct the necessary corrective action(s) at Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank (LPST) sites. Web: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/remediation/pst_sl

Texas UST/LUST Program

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
Office of Permitting, Remediation, and Registration
Permitting & Remediation Support
Petroleum Storage Tanks
MC: 138
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087

Phone: 512-239-2160
Fax: 512-239-3399

UST Program: http://www.tceq.texas.gov/agency/pst_cert.html
LUST Program: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/nav/cleanups/pst.html

Texas Fund Program

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TQEC)
Petroleum Storage Tank Remediation Fund
Petroleum Storage Tank Reimbursement Section
MC: 139
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087

Phone: 512-239-2002
Phone: 512-239-2200
Fax: 512-239-2020

Fund Program: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/permitting/review/reimbursement/index.html

Texas – TQEC – Registering and Self-Certifying Underground Storage Tanks
How to comply with state requirements to self-certify underground storage tanks that hold motor fuels. Links to relevant application forms. To register your regulated petroleum storage tank with the TCEQ and receive a delivery certificate, you must:

Federal Resources

Key Texas UST Operator Training terms: TCEQ, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, TPCA, Texas Food & Fuel Association,

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UST Training Courses Information
Texas UST Facility Class A B C Operator Training Certification
Texas TQEC UST Facility Class A B C Operator Training Certification
  • Texas State TCEQ Approved: Training courses certify the requirements to meet federal and state regulations for UST Class A/B & C Operators
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