UST Operator Training


All underground storage tank (UST) owners are required to have a trained primary operator and a trained emergency response operator. Tank owners must designate a primary operator for each facility. Primary operators must be employees of the facility owner or operator. Third-party contractors or testing companies are not able to serve as primary operators.

If you have been designated as a primary operator for a North Carolina UST facility, please register for training.

The 2005 Federal Energy Policy Act mandates training for all UST system operators. North Carolina operator training requirements are located in N.C. General Statute 143-215.94 [NN through TT].

The primary operator is responsible for daily operation, maintenance and record keeping of the facility, and needs to have a general knowledge of UST compliance requirements.

Two types of operators must receive training:

  1. Primary operator (also called Class A/B), and 
  2. Emergency response operator (also called Class C).

Training for primary operators can be conducted at a UST facility during an inspection if the facility is in compliance. Otherwise, training occurs at N.C. Tank School  (temporarily suspended due to Coivid-19) or using NC DEQ's online training.  Completing the online training will take approximately 3 hours.  Register here.

A PDF version of the online primary operator training slides used in the online N.C. Tank School are provided below.

The emergency response operator training slides are used by primary operators to train the emergency response operators

Links mentioned from Tank School
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Contact: UST Section at (919) 707-8171.