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Operator Training Background

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was passed by Congress. This federal regulation establishes training requirements for operators of Underground Storage Tanks (USTs):

  • Class A – Person(s) having primary responsibility for on-site operation and maintenance of UST Systems (Owner or Operator of a UST facility)
  • Class B – Persons having daily on-site operation and maintenance of UST Systems
  • Class C – Daily on-site employees having primary responsibility for addressing emergencies presented by a spill or release from an UST System

When do designated Class A/B and Class C operators need to be trained?

On July 15, 2015, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published a Final Rule establishes the requirements for Operator Training at Underground Storage Tanks (UST) facilities. This final rule requires that all UST facilities must be in compliance with Operator Training requirements by October 15, 2018.

The Department will be updating Chapter 62-761 F.A.C. to conform to the federal regulations.

What to do once you’ve completed the training

After completing the training, print the certificate and keep it with the facility records for inspector verification.

Trade Associations

  • Florida Petroleum Marketers Association
    The Florida Petroleum Marketers Association (FPMA) now offers a Florida Department of Environmental Protection approved Operator A/B and C Training and Certification Course for Owners and Operators of Underground Storage Tank Systems. Information concerning this training is available to FPMA members and non-members at www.ustoperatortraining.com. FPMA member discounts are available to FPMA member companies.

    Joanna Wolff
    (850) 877-5178
    Email: joanna@fpma.org

Third-party Training Courses

The following are examples of third-party online training courses which meet or exceed the Department's requirements for Operator Training and the cost is variable. This list is not intended to be exhaustive. The Department does not endorse any individual approved training program, and expects the A/B operator to determine what program best meets its needs.

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Last updated: July 21, 2017

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