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See you at the PEI Show in Atlanta

September 6, 2023

Going to the PEI show at NACS this October? Make sure to stop by our booth and say hi to Ben Thomas, President of UST Training.

  • Need a better UST training solution?
  • Want to learn how we’ve trained over a million Class C UST operators online?
  • Want to train an entire state?
  • Need a company wide solution?

Ryan Harrigen, Oil Equipment Company, Left, Ben Thomas, Center, Mark Barolo EPA Right

PEI Show at NACS
October 3-6, 2023
Atlanta, GA
Stop by our booth B5147 – Fuel Equipment & Services and say Hi!

Want to schedule a meeting with Ben? Call 360-321-4776 or email [email protected]

 

August 22, 2023

UST Training Recently Published in Fuel Marketing News Magazine

Ben Thomas, President of UST Training, recently had an article published in Fuel Marketing News with the assistance of 15 UST service provider professionals. Check it out.

Listen to the Real Experts
UST service techs provide unfiltered advice that will save you money.

Check out the full magazine here.  From their web page: Fuels Market News, the magazine for retail operators, commercial fuel buyers and fuel marketers, is published by NACS, the association advancing the convenience and fuel retailing industry. Fuels Market News is the downstream petroleum industry’s trusted source for fuels-related news and information, covering the fuels of today and tomorrow.

With the help of seasoned field professionals, we hope to help Class A/B UST operators be ready for the next compliance inspection.

Here at UST Training we always strive to keep our information down to earth and practical.  Look for more helpful information from us through Fuel Marketing News in the future.

Tank Savvy Minute Videos Referenced in Recent Article About Fuel Sediment

August 22, 2023

Our Tank Savvy Minute videos were recently referenced in an article by Verify.com, called

Getting gas when a tanker truck is at the station carries a low risk of sediment contamination

According to their web page, “VERIFY is dedicated to helping the public distinguish between true and false information. The VERIFY team, with help from questions submitted by the audience, tracks the spread of stories or claims that need clarification or correction. We provide trustworthy, transparent information to prove or disprove them. VERIFY’s sources are always provided, allowing the audience to see exactly how the team determines the veracity of any claims.”

Our trained class A/B UST operators know that fuel quality is an important but subtle aspect of UST compliance. Thanks verify!

August 11, 2023

Free Webinar: How to Keep Your UST Inspector Happy

Back by popular demand!

Join the spirited gallery of panelists who will describe their secret formulas of success for passing a UST’s compliance inspection. Hear from UST inspectors, service technicians, and operators about the do’s and dont’s of getting ready for and conducting yourself during a UST government compliance inspection. Attend this important webinar to avoid penalties, enforcement, actions, and red tag shut down.
Audience: Great for new Class A/B UST operators and inspectors but also helpful for anyone who is interested in avoiding UST compliance enforcement.
Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 10-11 AM PST
Hosted by Ben Thomas, President of UST Training, the speakers include:

Ed Kubinsky, OWL/Crompco, Plymouth Meeting, PA
Don Reeves, Mascott Equipment, Portland, OR
Adam Sansoucy, EG America, Westborough, MA
Javed Surani, Your Environmental Specialist, Beaumont, TX
Annette Ademasu, WA DOE, Olympia, WA
Brett Smith, MT DEQ, Helena, MT

Seating is limited to the first 500.

August 10, 2023

How to Keep Your UST Inspector Happy Webinar

On August 9, UST Training’s President Ben Thomas hosted a six-person webinar panel to discuss industry tips on how to keep your UST inspector happy. In other words, how to have a successful UST compliance inspection. The speakers included:

  • Ed Kubinsky of OWL/Crompco, Plymouth Meeting, PA
  • Nicole Okino of US EPA Region 3, Philadelphia, PA
  • Don Reeves of Mascott Equipment, Portland, OR
  • Javed Surani of Your Environmental Specialist, Beaumont, TX
  • Jon Tuttle, Stinker Stores, Boise, ID, and
  • Brett Smith, MT DEQ, Helena, MT

Attendees heard from UST inspectors, service technicians, and operators about the do’s and dont’s of getting ready for and conducting yourself during a UST government compliance inspection. Plus they learned how to avoid penalties, enforcement actions, and red tag shut down.

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August 3, 2023

Meet Our Strategic Partners

UST Training has been providing online Class A/B and C UST operator training for the last decade and has been offering live Class A/B training since 2003. And we could not have done it without the help of our partners through various UST associations. UST Training is a proud member or affiliate of the following organizations. Want a strategic partnership for reselling our courses and getting member discounts? Contact us at [email protected]

Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI)

UST Training has been going to the annual PEI trade show since 2003 and has been an active member shortly thereafter. PEI helps support us mightily by providing industry standards that we share with our customers. Plus Ben Thomas has been a 2020-2022 Board member and a committee member on PEI RP 900.

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August 3, 2023

Oregon DEQ Preparing For a Smooth Inspection guide

Oregon was the first state in the nation to require Class A/B UST operator training (first class taught by Ben Thomas, president of UST Training) and Oregon continues to provide great technical outreach services to their operators.

Check out this handy guide as an example of how to do things right.

https://www.oregon.gov/deq/tanks/Documents/tanksTankline0623.pdf

What we like about it:

  • It’s very friendly and easy to read.
  • It’s available in multiple languages.
  • Great pictures.
  • Great use of the QR code.
  • Leathers Oil Company, referenced in the guide, is a good friend of ours: we met them many years ago when we first started training in Oregon in the mid-2000s.
  • We created and continue to maintain the Oregon Fuels Association Compliance Binder shown in the handout (page 4)

A major emphasis of our Oregon (and other states) Class A/B UST operator training courses also focuses on ensuring your next compliance inspection runs smoothly. Have any ideas for what makes a smooth inspection or need some help about the important topic? Contact us anytime. [email protected]

July 13, 2023

Need Live Class A/B Training?

Online UST training is convenient, self-paced, and becoming the standard to accommodate our busy lives. With us issuing over a million certificates since 2007, we understand that online training makes the most sense for most UST’s operators.

But…it’s not live.

The most common advantages we hear about live training include: the value of social interaction and community building; being able to ask questions and learn about site-specific conditions; getting out of the office and away from the computer; and, if possible, going out and doing a real life field trip to a UST site.

Over the last two decades we’ve provided UST operator –as well as inspector –training in many states throughout the country, literally from Guam to the US Virgin Islands and many places in between.

So would you:

  • Rather have a live class from a UST professional?
  • Want an instructor-lead field trip to a real live UST site?
  • Want to get your team together to all hear and see the same thing?
  • Have a decent sized group?
  • Have a training budget?

If your group or organization would prefer live training, let us know! Would be happy to give you a quote. Email us at [email protected] or call 866-301-8265

 

July 12, 2023

Why Us and Not Other Options?

Here, UST Training, we try to make our UST content interesting, relevant, and engaging. We think we are the number one choice in the industry, but don’t take it from us: see some recent feedback from our Class A/B UST Operators regarding what they like about our training.

  • Well organized and explained with great visual aids.
  • Easy to follow and very informative.
  • I liked that it was at my pace and that I could go back and review lessons. At time it was hard to get time without distractions and I was able to go back with out losing information.
  • It was easy to understand. I was terrified I wouldn’t understand or pass the course. I started and was able to understand and follow along nicely. I didn’t even have to use my study guide. I was able to retain the information during the exam. Wonderful job.
  • I like the way the course was very clear and easy to understand the content. Ben Thomas spoke to us the way a regular person would.., no tricks.., very informative.
  • It made me realize how much I didn’t know about our fuel system and how important my role in the organization is to ensure that my staff and I are adequately trained and knowledgeable about the system.
  • The lessons and pace were very simple and convenient. The explanations of different technical elements of UST systems were well thought out and very clearly explained.
  • I like that it was just very straightforward, had good examples, and Emphasized common issues. The format was easy to digest, easy to follow along with the audio. I also chose your company since you’re not some giant national company. I really like the ability to start and stop lessons at my own pace, especially since I had to balance it with other duties.
  • The length of each segment was just enough where it wasn’t too much at once.
  • I liked how much information was in the study guide and videos. I learned so much!
  • Short, brief, straight to the point lectures, pictures and diagrams to aid explanations, easy to follow for a novice or recap for experienced users.
  • Informative. Not a robot reading to me.
  • Very easy to understand, instructor had a calm voice that made it easy to take notes.
  • The tank components were covered very well.
  • It addressed the most common causes for UST problems such as ignoring alarms.
  • Small units and frequent break times made it easy for me to know when to stop and rest.
  • Online training is easy and convenient.
  • The course was well-organized.
  • How it got into the more technical aspects of UST and the questions it asked at the end of a lesson.
  • Great information and it’s great you include all the forms.
  • Material was very useful and easy to follow along with. Also the online class was nice so you can go at your own pace as time allows.

 

July 12, 2023

Need a Cardlock Fueling Safety Video?

We found this great safety training video for Class A/B and C UST operators, who fuel their own vehicles. This can be useful for a cardlock commercial retail or a private fleet fueling operation.

This is a great compliment for any Class A/B or C UST operator training. Enjoy.