UST Operator Training is a requirement designed to ensure proper knowledge regarding operating and maintaining UST systems. Since its implementation in 2009, UST Operator Training has resulted in improved compliance rates and a reduction in petroleum releases.
All regulated UST systems must have Class A, Class B and Class C Operators. Click on the arrows below to learn more about the requirements for each operator class.
- Class A Operator Requirments
- Holds the primary responsibility for operating and maintaining the UST system.
- Manages resources and personnel to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.
- Should be, or be employed directly by, the tank owner/operator, not a third-party contractor.
- Class B Operator Requirements
- Implements day-to-day aspects of operating, maintaining and record-keeping for USTs at one or more facilities.
- Can be employed directly by the tank owner/operator or by a third party contractor.
- Class C Operator Requirements
- First line of response to events, such as alarms or other indications of emergencies caused by spills/releases from UST systems.
- Notifies the Class A and B Operator(s) and appropriate emergency responders when necessary.
- At least one Class C Operator must be present during operating hours at attended facilities.
- All owners/operators must notify OPS within 30 days of a change of either a Class A or Class B Operator.
- A tank owner/operator can choose to have different people fulfil each of the operator classes, or the tank owner/operator may choose to have the same person serve as the Class A, Class B and Class C Operator as long as the person meets the specific requirements of each class.
- In order to provide flexibility, OPS allows a tank owner/operator to hire an independent contractor to serve as the facility’s Class B Operator, if desired. Contracting with a Class B Operator in this fashion can allow more time for a tank owner/operator to focus on other business management matters. However, OPS strongly recommends clear establishment of specific responsibilities to be handled by contracted Class B Operators, given that the tank owner/operator is ultimately responsible for operating in compliance with the Colorado Petroleum Storage Tank Regulations.
- Certification as a Class A or Class B Operator can be achieved by passing classroom or online training offered by an OPS-approved trainer or by passing the International Code Council’s Colorado UST System Class A or B Operator exam.
- Certified Class A or Class B Operators can train their company’s Class C Operators. Tank owners/operators must keep copies of each Class C Operator’s training certificate at the facility.
- There are no continuing education or retraining requirements unless a facility is significantly out of compliance.
- If a facility is significantly out of compliance, retraining of the A and/or B Operator may be required.