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Course Description

All of PASS’ UST operator training courses meet and exceed the federal requirements for UST operator training and are offered through our in-house designed and built Learning Management System (LMS). PASS’ state-specific A/B training courses are custom tailored to meet state requirements, and are accepted by more states than any other training provider.  Our courses are available on demand, 24/7 and are accessible from any internet-connected computer, tablet, or phone. The student can complete an entire course in a single session or take the course in segments. The training may be stopped and restarted, allowing for maximum schedule flexibility. PASS also does not impose time restrictions on course access, so students may take as much time as they need to complete their training.

PASS’ UST operator training course content is divided into chapters. Each chapter utilizes a combination of text, images, and narration, providing a multi-faceted learning experience for diverse learning styles. Each chapter is followed by a quiz. If the student answers a quiz question incorrectly, the application automatically redirects the student to the correct course information. The student is then given another opportunity to answer the quiz question. This reflexive quizzing model ensures comprehension of the course material and reinforces learner retention.

In addition to the quizzes, the UST Class A/B operator training course includes a final exam, 80% of which must be answered correctly in order to print a certificate. The trainee can complete the entire course in a single session (approximately 4 hours plus exam time) or take the course in segments.

Class A/B operatorsin Missouri may be certified by one of the following methods:

  1. Obtaining Class A/B operator certification in one of Missouri’s adjacent states (for example, through PASS’ Illinois Class A/B operator training course offered in Missouri); or
  2. Taking and passing a test offered by the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund Board of Trustees.
The Class A/B operator training course offered in Missouri has been approved by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal.  Once you have passed the course, you will receive an Illinois certification, which will be valid in Missouri.

8 Chapters

Operator Overview
Chapter 1

This chapter describes the primary responsibilities of the Class A, Class B, and Class C operator. It also includes the training requirements for each class of operator. Page 6 covers the facility operations and maintenance plan requirement, and both the Illinois Operations and Maintenance Plan Template and Emergency Procedures Template are available as downloads. Page 11 includes the EPA’s Musts for USTs as a download.

System and Components
Chapter 2

This chapter seeks to raise environmental awareness as well as clearly communicate a fundamental comprehension of UST systems. Components covered include spill buckets, sumps, emergency shut-off valves, vapor recovery, tank materials, and piping materials. Illinois UST signage requirements are also discussed. This chapter includes a download of the Illinois UST definitions (41 Ill. Adm. Code 174.100) on page 2.

Release Detection
Chapter 3

This chapter emphasizes release detection methods. Equipment testing, the analysis of test results, and monitoring of the UST system are addressed in this chapter. Release detection methods covered include automatic tank gauging (ATG), inventory control, secondary containment with interstitial monitoring, statistical inventory reconciliation (SIR), manual tank gauging, vapor monitoring, groundwater monitoring, and tank tightness testing. Release detection methods for piping, such as electronic and manual line leak detectors, are also discussed. Downloads available in this chapter are the EPA’s Automatic Tank Monitoring & Line Leak Detection Reference Manual, Doing Inventory Control Right for Underground Storage Tanks, Straight Talk on Tanks, Introduction to Statistical Inventory Reconciliation for Underground Storage Tanks, Manual Tank Gauging for Small Underground Tanks, and the Illinois manual tank gauging chart from 41 Ill. Adm. Code 175.630(b)(2).

Release Prevention
Chapter 4

This chapter prompts the trainee to be proactive in preventing spills and releases. It covers the system components that are designed to prevent corrosion, spills, and overfills. These include spill buckets and sumps as well as galvanic and impressed current cathodic systems, tank lining, overfill protection valves, overfill alarms, and ball float valves. Secondary containment as well as alarms and warnings are covered in this chapter. Downloads available in this chapter are the EPA’s UST Systems: Inspecting and Maintaining Sumps and Spill Buckets and the EPA’s Correct Filling Checklist.

Planning and Response
Chapter 5

The focus of this chapter is preparation for a release and initial response actions after a release has occurred. Topics include recognizing the warning signs of a leak, maintaining spill kits, knowing the location of the emergency stop button, and posting emergency contact information. Critical attention is given to clean-up and release reporting requirements, including sensitive receptor protection and state notification requirements.

Financial Responsibility
Chapter 6

Owners and operators of petroleum USTs must demonstrate financial responsibility for bodily injury and property damage caused by spill and releases. This chapter covers financial responsibility statutes and financial assurance mechanisms as well as recordkeeping and reporting requirements for Illinois. The EPA’s publication Dollars and Sense is available for download on page 1. The Illinois Certification of Financial Responsibility form and Leaking UST Fund Application are also available for download in this chapter.

Registration and Installation
Chapter 7

This chapter discusses registration and permitting and UST installation requirements. Information on finding and accessing the Illinois UST database is included. Permit applications for UST installation, upgrade or repair, hotwork/tank entry, interior lining/lining inspection, removal, abandonment-in-place, and cathodic protection system installation, upgrade, or repair are available for download on page 5. The Illinois Notification for Underground Storage Tanks form is available for download on page 6.

Inspection and Closure
Chapter 8

Recommended and required UST inspections are covered in this chapter. Particular attention is given to OSFM periodic inspections and the quarterly inspection requirement. Delivery prohibition and temporary and permanent tank closures are also addressed. Available downloads include the Illinois Monthly Impressed Current Log, Quarterly Inspection Checklist, Certification of Removal, Certification of Abandonment-in-Place, and Equipment Testing Guide.