Nebraska UST Operator Training

Nebraska UST Class A B & C Operator Training

Nebraska 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 required that the state of Alabama declare amendments to the state underground storage tank rules to require each underground storage tank facility have Class A, Class B, and Class C operators.  Class A or Class B operator candidates will need to pass a written exam in order to be certified. The exam assures that underground storage tank system operators possess the necessary knowledge regarding the proper operation of underground storage tank systems. A test is not required for the Class C operator, but those persons must be properly trained.

The Nebraska State Fire Marshall (SFM) designated all UST operators must have been trained by December 31, 2015. The Flammable Liquids Storage Tanks (FLST) section of the Fuels Division has several responsibilities regarding aboveground and underground fuel tanks. These responsibilities include:

  • The registration and inspection of underground petroleum and hazardous substance storage tanks in accordance with Title 159.
  • The registration of aboveground hazardous substance storage tanks in accordance with Title 158.
  • Issuance of permits to install and remove underground storage tanks in accordance with Title 159.
  • Issuance of permits to install aboveground petroleum storage tanks in accordance with Title 153, Chapter 17.
  • Licensing of contractors and certification of individuals to do underground storage tank work in accordance with Title 159, Chapter 3.

The state is divided into seven inspection areas – West, Southwest, Central, Northeast, South Central, East, and Southeast. In addition to these areas nine delegated authority cities/areas also inspect tanks and issue permits in their jurisdiction – Bellevue, Grand Island, LaVista/Papillion, Lincoln, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, and Scottsbluff.


  • 001.01. An owner or operator shall designate Class A, Class B, and Class C operators for each underground storage tank system or facility that has underground storage tanks regulated by the State Fire Marshal, except for unstaffed facilities for which only Class A and B operators shall be designated. A person may be designated for more than one class of operator.
  • 001.02. Designated operators must successfully complete required training no later than December 31, 2015.


  • 008.01. The owner of an underground storage tank facility shall maintain a list of designated operators. The list shall be made available to the State Fire Marshal upon request. The list shall represent the current Class A, Class B and Class C operators for each underground storage tank facility

Nebraska was granted state program approval (SPA) in 2002.

Retraining Requirements
007.01. Class A and Class B operators shall be retrained every five (5) years. Class C operators shall be retrained every three (3) years. All shall be retrained in the same manner as the original training required in Chapter 13.

007.02. In addition to the retraining requirement, if an UST system is found to be out of compliance, the State Fire Marshal may require retraining of the designated Class A, Class B or Class C operator under a plan approved by the State Fire Marshal. The retraining must occur within 60 days from the State Fire Marshal notice for Class A or Class B operators and within 15 days for Class C operators.

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

References: Nebraska Administrative Code – State Fire Marshal – Title 159 Underground Storage Tanks – Chapter 13 Operator Training (PDF)

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.

State Contacts

Nebraska was granted state program approval (SPA) in 2002.

UST Program

Nebraska State Fire Marshal
Fuels Division
Flammable Liquids Storage Tank Section
246 South 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508-1804

Phone: 402-471-9465
Fax: 402-471-3118

UST Program:

LUST Program

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Water Quality Division
Petroleum Remediation Program
1200 N Street
Suite 400
Box 98922
Lincoln, NE 68590

Phone: 402-471-2186
Fax: 402-471-2909

LUST Program:

Fund Program

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Water Quality Division
Petroleum Remediation Program
Petroleum Release Remedial Action Reimbursement Fund
1200 N Street
Suite 400
Lincoln, NE 68509

Phone: 402-471-2186
Fax: 402-471-2909

Fund Program:

Federal Resources

EPA Booklet – Musts for USTS

This booklet describes the 2015 revised federal UST regulation. Many states and territories (referred to as states in this booklet) have state program approval from EPA. In these states, the state’s UST regulation is used in lieu of the federal UST regulation. To find a list of states with state program approval, see


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