Looking for UST work in Alaska?

September 9, 2022

Looking for UST work in Alaska?

Chugach Government Solutions is looking for a part-time employee to conduct the UST work on eleven tanks at Fort Wainwright, Alaska once a month for 2-3 days, and once a year for about a week. The company would reimburse for all expenses (hotel, mileage, per diem, etc.)

If the candidate does not have all the certifications required, or needs a re-certification, Chugach would pay for that also.

Would you be able to send us a quote for pricing this work, or the name of a potential employee? Or if you have further questions I’ll be happy to connect you with the hiring manager, Jeremiah. I’ve attached the work statement for your review.
Looking forward to hearing back from you.

Kris Kaliher, MPA, CEBS, SPHR
HR Generalist
Chugach Government Solutions, LLC
C (702) 506-6424


Prosecution rests, defense brings in witnesses in Rockbridge Co. gas station explosion trial

August 29, 2022

This is a very difficult story. Here at UST training we cannot stress enough the importance of safe fueling operations.

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The trial for a Roanoke man facing manslaughter charges in connection with a 2019 explosion took a turn on Tuesday as prosecutors said they proved the man overfilled the fuel tanks at the Rockbridge County station, reportedly causing the fire, while the defense’s first expert witness claimed the incident happened because of missing safety equipment on and in the tanks.

The explosion at the South River Market on May 10, 2019 killed four people, including the owner of the store, Roger Lee Roberts; two employees, Kevin Tate Roberts and Samantha Gail Lewis; and a patron, Paul Dewayne Ruley.

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August 29, 2022

See you in Pittsburgh at the EPA National Tanks Conference

Planning on attending the EPA National Tanks Conference in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania this year?

It’s been four years since the last one in Louisville, KY and we’re so excited to see our old friends September 12-14, 2022.

If you are attending please make sure to find Ben Thomas, senior trainer and president of UST Training. Attend one of his workshops or sessions or just stop by the trade show booth and say hi.

Want to set up a meeting with Ben? Email him ASAP so he can set aside some time. [email protected] or 360-321-4776.

Otherwise stop by one of these sessions:

Monday, September 12, 2022, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Ins and Outs of ATGs: Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask!
FortPitt Room

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August 29, 2022

Hiring: Oregon UST Program Coordinator

From our friends at the Oregon DEQ:

We’re currently recruiting for an open position at Oregon DEQ HQ, for the Program Coordinator for the UST program.–Natural-Resource-Specialist-4-_REQ-103076

I’d be grateful if you could spread the word to your network! The recruitment closes on September 11 at 11:59 pm.



August 15, 2022

Free Webinar: Understanding the Various UST Leak Test Requirements

Know your leak rates!
UST regulations allow for operators to choose a variety of different leak detection technologies in order to comply with UST regulations. Unfortunately this leads to a lot of confusion because of the variety of different leak tests out there. Some tests are for 0.1 gallons per hour (GPH), some are for 0.2 GPH and even 3 GPH. And some have no leak rate, just red light or green light.
Get clear on what tests are important, where tests are located within the UST system, and what device does the test. UST expert Ben Thomas will also explain the different types of leak tests and how to tell them apart.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 10 AM Pacific Time,

Register today!

The class is filling up! Sign up today!


August 11, 2022

What’s New with our Class C UST Operator Training Course?

As you know, one benefit of using our online Class C UST Operator Training course is the site-specific worksheets. The worksheets are a helpful way to help show employees the location of important safety equipment at your UST sites. After you take our nationally recognized online course, you work with your supervisor to learn the safety equipment at your particular UST location.

Over the years, the worksheets have become so popular that a number of state UST agencies have begun requiring them.

We recently made some significant improvements to our worksheets:

  • Easier to fill out. PDF versions are now fillable. Now, type your answers and print – or save a digital copy for your records.
  • Easier to sign. Supervisors, as well as Class A/B UST operators, can now sign off on the worksheets.
  • Easier to find. Worksheets are now embedded directly inside the course. No more going to another page to download.

If you’ve been using our Class C Worksheets from our nationally recognized Class C course there’s not much you need to do. However you do need to be aware that the worksheets are now inside the course instead of at an external link on our webpage.

Lastly we wanted to let folks know we’ve added a warning label to to the Worksheets to remind Class C operators that our worksheets are a supplement to the training and not a replacement for the training. Use of the Worksheet alone does not mean you have been trained via our training course and requires completion of our Class C training course.

Any questions please contact us anytime at 866-301-8265 or [email protected].


August 10, 2022

Scaling your Class C Solution: What’s Best for Your Company

In the world of UST regulations, variability reigns. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, an answer to virtually any UST question starts with “it depends.”  The same goes for the question:

What’s the best online option for me for Class C UST Operator Training?

Well, it depends on what you have and what you want.

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July 29, 2022

Join us Fridays 10 – 11 AM Pacific on Zoom for Tank Savvy Chats

We are continuing our popular Tank Savvy Chats on Fridays so please join in and meet other UST professionals from around the country. Sign in and enjoy a rich conversation with others with UST expertise. Or join brand new to the UST universe and bring your questions.

10-11 AM Pacific Time. No experience necessary. Phone, tablet, laptop, PC friendly. And camera preferred so we can see your smiling face.

Ben Thomas, President of UST Training, has had a busy travel schedule but should be free most Fridays through the end of 2022. Click on this link and check out our schedule.

Also feel free to share this with your friends and colleagues.

Sign  up today! It’s free, fun and helpful!

As always, any questions – please contact us anytime at 866-301-8265 or [email protected].

July 29, 2022

What does a 3 gallon per hour leak look like in a pressurized UST line?

If you’re a UST operator and have taken our Class A/B or C UST operator training, you’ll know that a mechanical or electronic line leak detector can find a 3 gallon per hour leak. But what does a 3 gallon per hour leak actually look like?



July 28, 2022

Get Inside a UST System with Dover’s Virtual Forecourt

Dover fueling solutions has been a good friend to UST Training over the years so we’d like to share a few things: an awesome online app where you can experience UST systems in a three-dimensional way. Great for new inspectors and operators. Learn more here.

Also: want to learn about Dover Fueling Solution’s Compliance Asset Management system?


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:

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

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


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 –,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:


  • 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:

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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