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July 28, 2022

Webinar: Leveraging Internet Technology for UST Compliance

There are plenty of digital tools out there to improve UST compliance if you know what’s available. See what’s out there, what works, and why you should consider these at-your-fingertips technological solutions.

Hear from UST expert Ben Thomas of UST Training and learn about online solutions for inventory, test results, alarm response, monthly inspections, advanced ATG features, compliance scheduling reporting, UST operator training (of course) and more! From a live webinar broadcast 7/27/2022

Need some Internet service advice? Contact us anytime.  866-301-8265 or [email protected]

July 19, 2022

UST Training Renews Contract with Arizona DEQ to Provide No Cost Training

UST Training is pleased to announce we have renewed our contract with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to continue to provide high quality and –more importantly –no cost training to Arizona’s Class A/B and C UST operators.

Since October 2020 we have certified almost 800 Class A/B operators and nearly 2000 class C operators. We offer the training at no cost to the operators and the ADEQ reimburses us for each certificate of completion.

Feedback has been very positive:

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July 1, 2022

Guam and CNMI Refresher Required this July

Haha Adai Guam and CNMI UST Operators:

Important
This is an important reminder to renew your UST operator training certificate. Your Class A/B license may expire sometime in July. Refresher training is required every two years in order to be in compliance with Guam and CNMI UST operator training rules.

On-Line Option
Unfortunately we will not be able to offer live class A/B operator training as we have done in the past. However we do have a self-paced online option available. See Guam Class A/B UST Operator Training and CNMI Class A/B UST Operator Training (by reciprocity)

This course is valid in both Guam and CNMI (by reciprocity – uses the Guam course). Just follow the link and select your class and number of operators to purchase and assign training.

How to Start

You can purchase and take the training anytime you like. Plus there are significant savings if you purchase more than 5, 10 or 15 licenses at a time. You can purchase now and train later. With our new system you can now create team accounts to track multiple operators.

We’re sorry we won’t be able to see you in person this year but hopefully this online option will make it easier to take the training from your home or office.

It’s been a tough couple of years with Covid and we hope you and your family and friends and coworkers are safe and healthy.

As always if you have any questions regarding UST operator training please contact us anytime. And feel free to pass this along to friends and coworkers.

Any question? 866-301-6265 or [email protected].

 

June 21, 2022

What Sets Us Apart From Other UST trainers?

We always like to see smart shoppers when it comes to purchasing online Class A/B or C UST operator training. Recently someone asked –perhaps for the first time — “What makes your trainings unique?”

Here’s how we replied:

We were the Nation’s very first provider of approved UST operator training and have over 35 years of experience in the UST industry.

We only use pictures of real life examples of UST sites.

We not only cover the rules but also provide best management practices to help you be the best operator you can be.

We are considered industry leaders and have excellent working relationships with your own state UST agency. Currently Ben Thomas, UST Training’s President, is on the Board of Directors of the Petroleum Equipment Institute.

We have our own YouTube channel to help operators go even deeper after class. See www.youtube.com/usttraining

We don’t just accept payment, train and issue certificates. We love what we do and we’re happy to provide free technical and regulatory assistance before, during and after class. About us.

We’ve trained many operators over the years, mostly online, but we’ve done numerous training classes for the public which includes convenience stores, utility companies, and military bases.

We offer Class C operator training in Hindi and are committed to helping multicultural and multi-language audiences.

On a personal note, Ben Thomas has been in this industry 35 years and still loves helping operators problem-solve their unique challenges. We’ve got a great team and we laugh a lot, we enjoy what we do and we try to make our training interesting, relevant, and even a little playful.

Need help deciding which training is best for you? Contact us anytime at 866-301-8265 or [email protected]

 

 

June 16, 2022

Free Webinar: Leveraging Internet Technology for Better UST Compliance

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Join UST Training founder Ben Thomas for a special one-hour webinar to help UST operators improve operational compliance by better understanding available web-based technologies.

Date:   Wednesday July 27, 2022
Time:  10:00-11:00 AM Pacific Time
Cost:    FREE

There are plenty of digital tools out there to improve UST compliance if you know what’s available. See what’s out there, what works, and why you should consider these at-your-fingertips technological solutions. Learn about online solutions for inventory, test results, alarm response, monthly inspections, advanced ATG features, compliance scheduling reporting, UST operator training (of course) and more!

Intended Audience: Anyone in your team who manages UST compliance who is looking for ways to streamline company procedures: HR, Environmental, e-Learning, Fueling, or general Operations.

Register now!

And feel free to pass this along to friends and coworkers.

June 10, 2022

Registration is Open for the National Tanks Conference in Pittsburgh this September

Hello friends, colleagues, associates, customers, and future friends:

Registration for attending the National Tanks Conference this September in Pittsburgh is now officially open. Register today!

Where else can you meet all of the UST regulators from around the country and get the latest news about UST compliance?

Anyone who is a dedicated Class A/B UST operator, inspector, policy maker, service provider or all around UST geek should surely find time for this is very important event. The last national one was held in Louisville Kentucky four years ago.

25 years ago Ben Thomas of UST Training presented at this same conference about why states UST agencies needed to develop UST webpages to deliver technical assistance services. Were any of your there in Charlotte, NC?

Roll the clock ahead a full quarter century and Ben will be presenting talks on automatic tank gauges, Covid compliance, and multi cultural changes in the UST universe.

Plus we will have a booth at the trade show Expo so stop by and say hi.

Draft agenda

Covid Policy

Lodging and travel

Hope to see you there!

 

June 9, 2022

Earn Free Training – Send Us Your Best UST Operator Pictures

Here at UST Training we try hard to always use real-life UST related images of UST parts and the people who own and operate UST systems. We like to think people relate to the training material better if they can see themselves in the shoes of the people they are watching on the computer screen.

That being said, we are always looking for new pictures to improve our training, so we have a special offer to our customers: Send us your best picture of Class A/B or C operators doing UST duties, and if we like your photos, we will give you complementary online credit – $200 worth of online training for every picture we use.

Pictures should include individuals ideally performing a certain task at an obvious UST site. This can include brand name or not. Submissions grant UST training to use those likenesses for promotional purposes. This is your chance to be famous! And trained for free!

Send your pictures to [email protected] and we’ll let you know if we select your entry.

Any questions please let us know at [email protected] or 866-301-8265.

 

June 6, 2022

EPA’s New Information for Emergency Power Generator UST Systems Just Released

Big news from our friends at the EPA for emergency power generator UST operators: The EPA published a number of new documents to help emergency power generator tank operators with all aspects of UST compliance.

Here’s our favorite:

Federal UST Requirements for Emergency Power Generator UST Systems

This 70-page booklet summarizes the federal UST requirements for installation, reporting, spill and overfill prevention, corrosion protection, release detection, walkthrough inspections, compatibility, operator training, repairs, financial responsibility, release response, and closure that are specific to emergency power generator UST systems

Federal UST Requirements for Emergency Power Generator UST Systems (pdf) (May 2022, EPA-510-K-22-003)

Federal UST Requirements for Emergency Power Generator UST Systems (docx) (May 2022, EPA-510-K-22-003)

 

Dear UST Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce several regulatory compliance and implementation assistance resources for emergency power generator UST systems are now available on the Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) web site – https://www.epa.gov/ust/release-detection-underground-storage-tanks-usts-introduction#:~:text=003).%20May%202022.-,Emergency%20generator,-tanks

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June 6, 2022

See you in September at the National Tanks Conference

Ben Thomas of UST Training has been selected to present and/or organize two sessions at the EPA National Tanks Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this year:

Sessions

  • Challenges and Opportunities of a Changing Multi-Cultural UST Industry
  • Strategies for Dealing with Covid-19 Impact on UST Compliance

The conference will be held September 13th – 15th  (with Pre-Conference Workshops on September 12th) at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA.

For the most current information about the conference, please visit the NTC website:

www.neiwpcc.org/NTC2022

June 2, 2022

So Many Ways To Train – Pick Your Best Option

As pioneers in the field of UST operator training, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our service and make training more relevant and applicable to your particular situation. Here are all of the different ways we can provide training for you:

Learn Savvy.  Our new and improved Learning Management System makes it even easier to get yourself and/or your team trained. Select Class A/B and train through Learn Savvy.

Licensing Class C. Have high turnover and lots of Class C operators? License the course from us and run it on your own LMS. License our Class C course.

Sponsorship. Are you a trade group or association with lots of Class A/B or C operators and want to look like a hero? Become an official sponsor of our training.

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