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June 12, 2024

MPMCSA Now An Authorized Reseller in Mississippi

The Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association (MPMCSA) is now an authorized reseller of our online Compliance Manager and Clerk UST operator training for UST operators in Mississippi, plus Class A/B and C UST operators nationwide. Check it out!

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June 10, 2024

What 5,000 Class A/B UST Operators Say About Our Training

For a while now we’ve asked our users to fill out a course survey after completing their online training. We recently looked at feedback from over 5,300 Class A/B UST operators over 30 states and here’s what we found. In all categories we’re very pleased how well we did.

  • Ease of purchase (39% said super slick, 45% said pretty easy)
  • Usefulness of handouts (56% said very useful, 31% said pretty useful)
  • Lessons easy to follow (51% said very easy, 36% pretty easy)
  • Practical and useful information (60% said very useful, 32% said pretty useful)
  • Online as good as live (44% said heck yeah, 30% said mostly)

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June 5, 2024

New and Improved Class AB Courses

Exciting news for our Class A/B UST operators in 30+ states.

After gathering and studying extensive feedback from our customers over the past few years, we’ve made some subtle but significant improvements to our Class A/B courses.

It’s still the same great, down-to-earth UST content, but now with:

  • Shorter viewing time (fewer clicks and more auto-advancing, our most asked-for change)
  • Updated pictures (some were getting a bit outdated)
  • A short test quiz added to the end of each lesson (many folks asked for this)
  • Updated rules, policies and forms, plus removing expired deadlines (making sure you always have the most current information)
  • Improved final exams (we’re always working to remove potentially confusing questions)
  • Improved auto advance feature after each lesson (saves you time and effort)

These changes are only to the navigation and flow of the lessons. Please note the technical and regulatory content remains the same. We take your user experience very seriously and we’ve used your excellent feedback to make a great course even better.

We’ve already gotten great feedback from one Illinois Class A/B UST operator:

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May 28, 2024

See you at the Tribal Lands Forum in August

Ben Thomas of UST Training is excited to be attending another Tribal Lands and Environmental Forum (TLEF) August 12 -15, 2024 in Eugene Oregon. Ben will help lead a a UST inspection exercise at a tribal gas station,  and present a session called Leveraging Internet Technology for Better UST Compliance. Hope to see you there!

This is the fourteenth annual forum for environmental professionals from Tribes, US EPA, State/Local/Federal agencies, community organizations, and other interested parties to meet, share knowledge and learn from one another how to improve management, protection and restoration of Tribal lands for us and all our relations.

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April 24, 2024

News Flash: One-Stop Shop Certification for Utah Class A/B UST Operators

UST Training’s new and improved Utah Class A/B UST operator training course can literally save UST operators an entire day out of their busy lives.

One stop shop: We are excited to announce that we are the first training vendor to provide online Utah Class A/B UST operator training that now includes the final exam. Watching our 10 lessons plus passing the final exam now meets the certification standards of the Utah Department of Enviromental Quality (DEQ).

No more travel: Previously the Utah DEQ required operators to take a third party Class A/B course, but then complete a final certification exam in person at a test center.

New and improved course:  In addition to the final exam, we’ve update the course to make it run quicker while presenting the same great content as before.

Check out the new and improved course!

Any questions about our new course? Contact us at [email protected] or 866-301-8265

 

March 28, 2024

Good News for Texas UST Operators

If you are a Texas UST operator with double-walled tanks and piping and are using interstitial monitoring for release detection, you no longer have to do inventory control as well. According to TCEQ, this rule went into effect February 15, 2024.

Revised Rule on Inventory Control for Retail Service Stations

Note, if you were still using SIR (Statistical Inventory Reconciliation) or automatic tank gauging (ATG 0.2 GPH test), you must still do inventory reconciliation.

Here at UST Training, we are often a fan of the “belts and suspenders” approach to leak detection, meaning the more methods of leak detection the better. However, due to the common measurement errors associated with inventory control, and the inherent simplicity of interstitial monitoring, we feel like this is a good move to simplify the UST rules while maintaining sufficient environmental protection.

March 8, 2024

Free Webinar April 17: Digital Forms and Data Capture

Our guest speaker in April is John D’Aintree, VP of Sales at Pro Technology, a veteran in digital transformation of paper-based processes such as inspections and other digital data capture solutions.

Wednesday April 17, 10-11 AM PST

John will be focusing on:

  • UST compliance and how a digital solution can help.
  • Benefits vs. paper-based processes service providers and customers.
  • Showcase a digital solution process.
  • Challenges and hurdles to adopt new technologies.

This talk is perfect for any UST owner who is looking for digital solutions while performing inspections, but can also be useful for UST service providers and UST inspectors as well.

Sign up today!

February 15, 2024

Buy Bulk Class A/B, Save 50%

“I am so happy that I found your course when I did my A/B certification, and I liked it so well that I chose to continue on with it for training my team! Very happy that you offer multiple states, the company that I work for has locations in Oregon and Washington and I am in charge of UST training for all employees so you have made my life much easier!”
— Satisfied customer, April 2024

If you have a large number of Class A/B UST operators in one or more states, or if you have high Class A/B turnover, consider purchasing in bulk and save 50%.

It’s easy:

  • Select the number of Class A/B licenses (normally $150 each) that you need from our 34 approved state courses.
  • Be sure to select the Team Account option when you checkout.
  • Discounts per license are automatically applied at checkout:
    • 5+ saves $25 each
    • 10+ saves $50 each
    • 15+ saves $75 each
  • Once purchased, your new unassigned “blank” licenses are instantly added to your team account, ready for immediate use.
  • Assign names to your licenses whenever you need.
  • Unassigned licenses never expire and are 100% transferable.

Example: Fred oversees UST compliance in 5 states at 20 locations. Based on his estimates, he thinks he’ll need 20 Class A/B operator licenses in the coming year. Fred buys 20 to cover 20 locations. Normally the total price is $3,000 but now it’s $1,500. Fred can now assign licenses to new hires as needed and he tells his boss he just saved the company $1,500 on the upcoming yearly training costs.

How do I assign training to my UST operators?

You don’t need to know upfront the names of the individuals needing training. Just a general idea of numbers. You can buy and save now, then assign anytime.

Do UST Training licenses expire?

Your team seats never expire, so you can use them now or anytime. You might know that you’ll be hiring new operators, but with team seats you don’t need to know their information in advance. Once assigned, your operators will have a full year to complete.

Are team seats available for both Class A/B and C?

Yes, team seats and bulk discounts are available for Class A/B and C training courses.

If I have UST systems in multiple states, do I need to buy training for certain states?

Team seats can be shared between different states that sell at the same retail price. This means you can save across all states you need training in.

(And if you’re in Florida and Texas, lucky you, these states already qualify for discounts! Additionally, for FL and TX, bulk discounts kick in after 15+ licenses, just as with all other states.)

What’s the difference between single accounts, team accounts, and invite codes?

In addition to bulk discounts, a team account lets you assign training, track progress, access certificates anytime, generate reports, and receive alerts when refresher training is due (if required in your state). You can also add other account managers (group leaders) to your team account, to delegate administration duties.

Invite codes also qualify for bulk discounts, but don’t include any of the management features of team accounts.

Single accounts are just that, a simple account for just one person needing training, and bulk discounts are not applicable.

Have more questions?

Learn more here.

Or contact us anytime at [email protected] or 866-301-8265

February 14, 2024

Learn about PEI’s Latin America Initiative

Check out this interesting interview with Jason Blake, President of PEI, and Liliana Cruz, head of PEI’s Latin American initiative.

One thing we love doing at PEI trade shows is meeting UST professionals from around the world. PEI has helped open up a whole world of technical exchanges and opportunities from Mexico and the Caribbean all the way down to the tip of South America.  Thanks Liliana!

 

February 7 – Free Webinar: Why you Shouldn’t Operate a UST Without SIR

February 5, 2024

Free Webinar: Why you Shouldn’t Operate a UST Without SIR
February 7, 2024, 11 :00 AM – 12 PM PST
Hosted by Ben Thomas, President of UST Training

Register now

Statistical Inventory Reconciliation or SIR: often misunderstood, sometimes maligned, common in certain parts of the country and mysteriously opt-in in others. Hear veteran UST professional Reggie Roberson, CEO of Tank Management Services, discuss his journey from nonbeliever to believer about the application of SIR as a monthly method of release deduction for UST systems.