In Oregon, UST System Operators can only be certified after taking and passing the national exam administered by the International Code Council (ICC)
through Pearson VUE
testing centers. Preparing for the ICC exam(s) is a three-step process.
Step One: Take the PASS ICC Preparatory Course
Step Two: Find the Exam You Need and Prepare Your Reference Materials
First, read the information for your state’s exam provided in the ICC Exam Catalog
. That is where you can find the number of exam questions, the exam fee, type of exam, and the list of reference materials. Make sure to note if your exam is online or in person.
Most ICC UST operator exams are open book, which means that you may take certain documents (called reference materials) with you to use during the exam. The ICC, however, has strict requirements about which reference materials you can take into the exam with you and in what format. PASS strongly recommends that you obtain your reference materials well in advance of taking the exam.
You can find the permittedreference materials in the ICC Exam Catalog or in the UST Exam References and Renewal Information.
(This document can also be found in the Exam Catalog under the info section.) They typically include the federal and state UST regulations (which usually can be found on the state UST program’s website)
, as well as some publications from the EPA. The national ICC exam allows you to bring the following materials, available for download here or through a PASS ICC prep course. Publications from the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) must be purchased through PEI’s online store.
The ICC sometimes bundles of all the reference materials for sale in their online store
Remember, you can only bring the approved reference materials with you into the exam if they are prepared correctly. If you do not follow these steps, the Pearson Vue test center personnel will not let you take your materials into the exam room and you will not be able to use them during the exam.
STAPLE OR BIND YOUR MATERIALS. You may not take loose pages into the exam room, so we recommend that you print the reference materials and either staple them together or place them in a three-ring binder.
MAKE NOTES. Notes in your reference materials before the exam will make it easier to find this information in the testing room. Remember, there is a time limit! Helpful information to locate ahead of time includes your state’s allowable release detection methods, financial responsibility mechanisms, recordkeeping requirements, operator retraining requirements, etc. These notes must be in ink and all highlighting must be done before you arrive.
USE TABS. You may also use tabs to mark important sections, but these tabs must be permanently attached and not be removable without damage to the page (removable post-it type tabs, for example, would not be allowed).
Step Three: Schedule Your Exams
ICC exams are offered periodically at Pearson VUE testing centers around your state. When you are ready, you can purchase your exam directly from the ICC course catalog. Once purchased, you will be able to schedule your exam through Pearson VUE. Learn more at www.pearsonvue.com/icc/cert
Oregon Post-Training Certification Procedures
- Once you have passed the ICC exams, you must submit copies of your ICC score reports and your phone number to:
Oregon DEQ – Land Quality Division
811 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
- The DEQ will send you a copy of the Oregon-specific training manual, which you must read.
- When you have finished reading the training manual, you must submit an affidavit stating that you have read and understood the manual. Only then will you be in compliance with the training requirement.
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)
. 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’ training courses are accepted by more states than any other training provider
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.