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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%

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.

February 2, 2024

UST Training Partners with National Shell Group

UST Training is pleased to announce a partnership with NASM, the National Association of Shell Marketers, who becomes our most recent organization to become an affiliate reseller of our online Class A/B and C UST operator training.

According to their webpage, “NASM is a brand-specific trade association for companies that have wholesale supply contracts with Shell Oil, its licensees or its branded marketers. NASM provides Shell marketers with access to valuable legal services and educational programs; maintains a dialog with Shell on behalf of members; and engages in public policy advocacy on behalf of petroleum marketers by communicating with federal agencies, the U.S. Congress and other petroleum industry associations.”

Learn more about NASM

Interested in becoming a UST Training affiliate and earn income selling our nationally recognized courses? Learn more.

February 2, 2024

Need Lots of Class AB Operator Training?

We’ve seen a growing interest in companies needing large scale solutions for Class A/B UST operator training. We know it takes significant organization willpower to manage lots UST systems, and here at UST Training we have a number of options available to help you stay in compliance on a large scale basis.

And you may not know it but if you buy 15+ Class A/B licenses, your training costs are cut in half.

And remember: licenses never expire, which makes bulk purchases a great long-term option.

The following features of our Class A/B training may be a good fit for you and your organization.

  • Statewide Solution: Have an entire state to train? Our existing systems allow us to not only train but verify an entire state or territory of UST operators.
  • Multi-State Solution: Have tanks in multiple states? We have multiple-state solutions.
  • Incentive Program: We now offer a sponsorship program where you can purchase large numbers of licenses upfront and distribute them to your members as needed.
  • Bulk Discounts: We offer a great discount program for greater than five, greater than 10, and greater than 15 licenses at a single purchase. After 15+ licenses per purchase your cost is 50% off.
  • Licenses Never Expire: buy now, use anytime.
  • Team Accounts: if you buy two or more licenses, you automatically get a complementary team account structure that allows you to manage dozens, hundreds or even thousands of Class A/B operators.
  • Unlimited Groups: You can manage large numbers of trainees by organizing your team into any number of groups. Easily train your team, even across multiple states. Need your managers to have access to some groups but not all? It’s easy to assign admin access wherever needed, at no additional cost.
  • Share Licenses: Buy ahead and save! Even though staff turnover can make buying training a moving target, we can help. Our pooled seats feature makes it easy to use the same purchased licenses across multiple groups. Choose the team account option when buying for multiple states, and separate groups are created automatically. Bulk discounts automatically apply, and licenses never expire.

And what about Class C training?

If you have lots of class C operators who need training, we have an excellent licensing program. Learn more here.

Whether you need one or 1000 licenses, we are happy to talk with you about what solution is best for you. We treat each individual customer as unique and will help you find the best and most cost effective solution that is available today.

Contact us for a free consult at 866-301-8265 or [email protected]

 

February 2, 2024

UST Training Partners with PA Petroleum Association

UST Training is excited to announce that we have partnered with the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association (PPA) to provide their members with direct access to PA DEP-approved Class A/B and C UST operator training. Welcome PPA!

For more information please contact:

Ted Harris, Executive Vice President, PA Petroleum Association
(717) 578-4026
[email protected]

Interested in becoming a UST Training affiliate and earn income selling our nationally recognized courses? Learn more.

 

February 2, 2024

Albany gas station fined on DEQ violations

An Albany Oregon gas station and convenience store was penalized by state environmental regulators after numerous violations were discovered. Read more 

Attention UST operators: Another reminder why we need to monitor for leaks and immediately reply to suspected releases.

January 11, 2024

See you at the WPMA Expo in Las Vegas

If you planning on attending the Western Petroleum Marketers Association (WPMA) Expo in Las Vegas this February please stop by our booth 1119 and say hi!

Whether you have one or 1,000 UST sites, learn how to UST Training can be your one-stop-shop solution for engaging, cost-effective and  practical training.

We are looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. If you want to schedule a meeting with UST Training President Ben Thomas please contact him today at [email protected]

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