Franklin Podcast Features Ben Thomas

April 8, 2019

Franklin Podcast Features Ben Thomas

Let’s be Frank, the petroleum industry’s first UST podcast series, recently interviewed with Ben Thomas of UST Training. The Podcast’s host, Franklin Fueling, asked Ben about how he inspires UST operators to respond to ATG alarms, Check it out!


April 4, 2019

Handy Remote Interface for Franklin Fueling Systems ATGs

Are you a Class A/B UST operator with a Franklin EVO 550 ATG? Did you know that Franklin Fueling Systems provides a webpage that allows the Fuel Management System to be accessed directly through a PC? Operators can navigate through easy to use webpages created by the ATG console on a PC to view fuel management and compliance data, generate reports that can be printed, and access control functions for starting tank and line tests and dealing with alarms. Check it out!

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April 4, 2019

Colorado Offers Financial Incentives to Upgrade UST Systems

Good News in Colorado for those Class A/B UST operators who upgraded their UST system. The UST Program can authorize money from the Petroleum Storage Tank Fund (Fund) to be used as incentives to underground or aboveground storage tank owners and operators for significant operational compliance or to upgrade existing tank systems.

To be eligible for this incentive the applicant must have completed the upgrade or tank removal work by December 31, 2018.

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April 2, 2019

Our Washington Class A/B Course Has Been Re-Approved

The Washington Department of Ecology recently re-approved our Class A/B UST Operator Training course. We’ve updated the content to reflect all the new rule changes. Check it out!

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March 29, 2019

More Funny Videos from Canary

Humor is a great way to engage users about important ideas and our friends at Canary Compliance have a number of short video clips about why ignored ATG alarms are bad and how remote monitoring can help. We also believe good Class A/B UST operator training can inspire people to be smarter with alarm response.

Check them all out here.

March 29, 2019

Buy, License, Resell or Refresh: Operator Training is Easier Than Ever

Getting started with online learning has never been easier and UST Training has a number of ways to help you purchase, distribute, certify, and track your AB and C operators. We even have a reseller program to help promote our nationally recognized courses and make some income.

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March 29, 2019

Meet the Team

UST Training is growing! In 2019 we’ve been busy getting our existing Class A/B courses re-approved plus we’ve been creating new courses for other Class A/B states. In fact we’ve been so busy we’ve had to grow the team to keep up. And even though we’re online, we are a company with real people who all love providing high quality, inspirational training content.


Meet the team!

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March 28, 2019

Mascott Equipment Now Provides Our Online Class A/B And C UST Operator Training

Our good friends at Mascott Equipment Company in Portland, Oregon now provide links to our online Class A/B and C UST operator training for UST operators in Oregon, Washington Alaska and Idaho. Check it out!

UST Training and Mascott have worked closely together since 2004, when we offered live Class A/B training in Oregon at the Mascott office in downtown Portland. Of late, Mascott has posted our Tank Savvy Minute videos on YouTube. Also check out the new and improved Mascott web page at


March 28, 2019

How to Measure the Value of Training?

Or…Why Cheapest Isn’t Always Best

What makes training worth it? How do UST operators choose the best option? Assuming not all training is equal, there are a number of ways to measure the value of training. Is it low cost? The least time spent? The most simple to get through? Or something less tangible?

How do you measure the value of something like UST operator training?

Based on our research, our intuition, and what we actually do, here’s how we measure training value. (Special thanks to the Kirkpatrick Model). Notice #1 is most important and #5, interestingly, is least.

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March 27, 2019

Need Class A/B and C Training in Multiple States?

Are you in multiple states? Need an online, company-wide solution for all your Class A/B and C operators? We can offer you a multi-state discount. Plus free advice about how to best comply with UST training rules in each state.

UST Training did the nation’s first state-approved Class A/B UST operator training course way back in 2002 and we’ve been training non-stop ever since. In fact, since we shifted to mostly online training in 2009, we’ve certified tens of thousands of Class A/B operators from many states and a whopping 550,000 Class C operators from all states.

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March 27, 2019

New UST Training Center Open in Texas by Source University

Need to train your UST operator, inspector or contractor and wish you could see everything that’s buried at a UST site?

Look no further: Our friends at Source have announced the grand opening of their state-of-the-art live training center, located in Arlington, Texas. According to their press release: “The training center includes a replica fuel site that allows visitors to explore fueling infrastructure that most people don’t have the opportunity to see up-close.

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March 16, 2019

Enforcement Case: Why Compliance Is Important

Here’s an example of what happens when UST regulations are ignored. Two California businessman accused of violating multiple UST requirements have been conditionally banned from owning or operating gas stations in California and are on the hook with other defendants for up to $4.25 million in fines and fees, following a multi-year investigation by the State Water Resources Control Board.

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February 26, 2019

Our West Virginia Class A/B Course Re-Approved

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection recently re-approved our Class A/B UST Operator Training course. The original version, 100% online, has been taken by over 1,200 WV UST operators since 2009. Check it out!

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February 26, 2019

Our Virginia Class A/B UST Operator Training is Now Approved and Online

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has approved our online Virginia Class A/B UST Operator Training course. Check it out!

UST Training was the nation’s first approved Class A/B UST operator trainer (2003) and we are excited to finally offer VA operators our inspirational and nationally recognized training material.

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February 24, 2019

Live Class A/B Course in Honolulu March 19

Aloha Hawai’i Class A/B UST Operators:

Do you want to attend a live version of our Hawai’i Class A/B UST Operator Training course?

Ben Thomas, nationally recognized UST training instructor, is coming to Hawaii March 19, 2019 to provide a live Class A/B course.

This is a great opportunity to attend a classroom style training which is not normally available in Hawaii AND take a state-approved program that will specifically teach the Hawaii regulations that became effective July 15, 2018. Plus bring any and all facility-specific questions.

Course: Class A/B UST Operator Training with the new UST regulations.
Date: March 19, 2019, 9 AM to 4 PM
Location: GP Energy Company, LLC, 707 Kakoi Street  Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
Cost: $325/person (free parking)
Includes: Explanation of the new rules. Free technical and regulatory advice about your particular UST site.

DOH UST inspectors are welcome to attend.

If you’re interested, Register Now. Seating is limited.

December 10, 2018

Why Training? Avoiding Enforcement Actions for One Thing

This in from Tennessee…where the UST operator training is free, but not necessarily taken.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (“TDEC”) issued a proposed Order and Assessment (“Order”) to Warren County, Tennessee (“Warren County”), for alleged violation of certain provisions of the Tennessee Code addressing underground storage tanks (“USTs”). See Case No. UST 18-0118.


December 5, 2018

UST Training by the Numbers

2018 – What an amazing year we had:

  • Our 15th Anniversary: 2003 highlighted the first ever state-approved Class A/B UST course in the nation in Portland, Oregon.
  • Almost 10 years ago: in 2009 we launched the first ever-state approved online Class A/B and C courses for Colorado, then Wisconsin and West Virginia.
  • 6 years ago: in 2012 we joined up with our first LMS, to greatly expand the delivery of our online courses.
  • Today: We offer 54 state- and Territory-specific Class C UST operator training courses.
  • Today: We have 13 state-specific Class A/B UST operator classes. We also link to the remaining states and offer our next best choice for training, even when it’s not us.
  • Today: We offer the nation’s only commercially available Class A/B and C UST operator training courses for Indian Country.
  • An amazing 30,660 individuals received certificates of completion for Class A/B and C UST operators from our first LMS since 2012.
  • Several Thousand individuals received live Class A/B and C certificates issued nationwide in over a dozen states since 2003.
  • Over 500,000 Class C certificates have been issued nationwide from our major license clients and resellers.
  • 7,800 folks are currently subscribed to our UST Training News Newsletter.
  • Almost 38,000 visitors came to our web page since January.
  • Over 1,700 folks received UST Resource Bundles over the last five years.
  • We’ve logged 300,700 total hits on our Tank Savvy Minute videos on YouTube since 2012.

Thanks to each and everyone of you who helped make this a super successful year!

November 14, 2018

Tank Savvy Minute Videos: 307,500 Views and Counting

Another milestone in the history of UST Training’s efforts to bring useful information to the UST community. As of today, we’ve logged over 300,000 views of our Tank Savvy Minute videos on YouTube since 2011. To be specific:

  • 268,497 minutes of watch time
  • 748 subscribers

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October 26, 2018

State by State Guide to UST Regs by SourceNA

Calling all Class A/B UST Operators nationwide: Our friends at Source North America have done an excellent job summarizing the status of each state’s UST regulations, including whether the state is approved by EPA (important to know if the 2018 deadline applies to you), as well and major rule changes and important links to state-specific rules. Check it out!

August 31, 2018

Oregon Class A/B Training Now Available Online

UST Training’s online Oregon Class A/B UST Operator Training course has been approved by the Oregon DEQ and is now available. Check it out!

For a limited time only: use this coupon code ILOVEOR and get a 15% discount off all purchases through November 1.

First in the Nation, Now first in Oregon. Ben Thomas of UST Training did the nation’s first Class A/B live class in Portland in 2003 and he’s been training there non-stop since then. Now you can enjoy the same great training content but at the convenience of your work or home computer.

Why Online?

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