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Class A/B Operators

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Alabama


Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Underground Storage Tanks (UST) Program

Agency Link: http://adem.alabama.gov/programs/water/groundwater.cnt

Program Status: ADEM requires training and examination of Class A and B Operators. ADEM implements this program through approval of third-party training providers.

Reciprocity: ADEM has considered several programs for reciprocity. It is recommended that you contact ADEM for more information on which programs, specifically.

Contact Information: jane.crabtree@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program has been approved. Click on Register at the right to start your training!




Alaska

Training Deadline: December 31, 2012

Regulating Agency: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC)

Agency Link: http://dec.alaska.gov/SPAR/ipp/ust/training.htm

Program Status: An Owner of a UST facility is required to have a training plan in place for Operators. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation amended the state UST rules (18 AAC 78, Article 1) to include the new federal requirements, including the development of an UST operator training program.

Reciprocity: It is unknown at this time if Alaska will accept reciprocity.

Contact Information: eric.larsen@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group training program has been approved. Click on Register at the right to start your training!


Arizona

Training Deadline: August 9, 2012

Regulating Agency: AZ Department of Environmental Quality

Agency Link: http://www.azdeq.gov

Program Status: Program is currently stalled due to a moratorium on new rules

Reciprocity: Undetermined

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea program will be submitted for review.


Arkansas

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012 or earlier

Regulating Agency: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)

Agency Link: http://www.adeq.state.ar.us/rst/branch_programs/ust_cert.htm

Program Status: To be certified as a Class A or Class B operator, an individual shall pass a written examination given by the Department with a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher. Training for C level will be completed by A or B level approved personnel on-site.

Reciprocity: The Department may accept Class A or Class B operator certification from another state with an EPA-recognized operator training program. Application fee is $25 for one or $50 for both training certificates.

API/Antea Approval: Although not recognized by the ADEQ, a modified API/Antea program will be prepared to assist operators in preparing for the Arkansas exam.


California

Training Deadline:January 1, 2005, within 30 days of new hire

Regulating Agency: State Water Resources Control Board, UST Division

Agency Link: http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/ust/

Program Status: Currently the ICC is the only CA approved exam to fulfill UST operator requirements.

Reciprocity: There is no reciprocity.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group training is being submitted for consideration as an approved alternative to ICC.


Colorado

Training Deadline: PAST DUE: January 1, 2010

Regulating Agency:Colorado Department of Labor and Employment; Division of Oil and Public Safety

Agency Link: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDLE-OilPublicSafety/CDLE/1250083030428

Program Status:Operator training certifications can be obtained through the International Code Council (ICC), OPS approved training entities, or through reciprocity with other states. Trained A or B operators must also perform monthly and annual inspections starting in 2010.

Reciprocity: OPS may accept operator training certification verification from other states that have equivalent operator training requirements. Contact the OPS for more information.

Special Conditions: The training deadline is past due. A and B Operators must also conduct monthly inspections.

Contact Information: jim.coburn@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The OPS has accepted Antea Group/API?s online Operator Program for RETRAINING and the Antea Group classroom training for first time and retraining events. Click on Register at the right to start your training!


Connecticut

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP), Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance

Agency Link: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2692&q=505750&depNav_GID=1652

Reciprocity: Connecticut will accept Operator Training Certifications from training programs and exams approved in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 States, which are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

Contact Information: Jesse.arroyo@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program has been approved. Click on Register at the right to start your training!

Classroom training: Nothing scheduled at this time.


Delaware

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control-Tank Management Branch (DNREC-TMB)

Agency Link: http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnrec2000/Divisions/AWM/ust/

Program Status: DNREC-TMB has contracted with Delaware Technical & Community College to provide the only state-approved training program and exam. The course will be 2, four hour long sessions administered at 3 locations state-wide. Currently, online course offerings are not available.

Reciprocity: DNREC-TMB allows for reciprocity of training certification from other states, however, the Delaware specific exam must be completed and passed.

API/Antea Approval: Although not recognized by the DNREC, a modified API/Antea program will be evaluated by Antea/API.


Florida

Training Deadline: The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires all UST operators complete this by August 8, 2012. The API/Antea Group training for AL, GA, NC and SC are acceptable courses that meet the training requirements.

Regulating Agency: Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)

Agency Link: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/tanks/pages/op_train.htm

Program Status: FDEP is accepting operator training from other EPA Region 4 Operator Training programs. Supplementary information regarding specific FDEP requirements available here: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/quick_topics/publications/pss/tanks/ClassAB_Op_Train.pdf

Reciprocity: EPA Region 4 approved programs (AL, GA, NC, SC)

Contact Information: jane.crabtree@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: Recommend taking any of our Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina or South Carolina Class A/B courses as they are accepted by FDEP through reciprocity. Also recommend reviewing the supplementary information provided the link above.



Georgia


Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division of Underground Storage Tanks

Agency Link: http://www.gaepd.org/Documents/lpb_ust.html#u1

Program Status: To be certified as a Class A, B, or C Operator, an individual shall pass an examination approved by the Georgia EPD. Should an individual fail the examination, they are required to complete an approved Operator Training Course and pass an examination. The API/Antea Group program and exam are approved by the Georgia EPD.

Reciprocity: GAEPD is not accepting certifications obtained through other state programs

Special Conditions: Students may register for either the exam only or training + exam options. Also, feel free to contact Antea Group by email for classroom training schedules.

Contact Information: jane.crabtree@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program has been approved. Click on Register at the right to start your training!




Hawaii

Hawaii Training Deadline: December 9 2013. Atleast one Class A and B operator must be trained and certified by this date for each UST or tank system

Regulating Agency: Hawaii Department of Health - Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch

Agency Link: http://health.hawaii.gov/shwb/underground-storage-tanks/

Program Status: The State of Hawaii Administrative Rules Title Chapter 281 became effective August 9,2013

Reciprocity: Hawaii has a reciprocity clause that allows it to accept training and certification completed in other states.
However, you will need to submit your certification and information about the training program for approval before reciprocity is granted.

API/Antea Approval: Class A,B and C Course Approved by HDOH.



Idaho

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Agency Link: http://www.deq.idaho.gov/waste-mgmt-remediation/storage-tanks/ust-training-requirements.aspx

Program Status:Training is conducted at the owner or operator's UST site. the training requirement may be satisfied by completing TankHelper training that is provided on-site and in-person by a DEQ inspector at the time of a facility inspection. Third-party programs approved through reciprocity are also acceptable methods.

Reciprocity: API/Antea Group Operator Training in New Mexico has been approved for use in Idaho.

Special Conditions: API/Antea Group Training for New Mexico is an acceptable training course.

Contact Information: eric.larsen@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program has been approved through reciprocity by taking the NEW MEXICO course. Click on Register at the right to start your training!



Illinois

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Illinois Office of State Fire Marshall (OSFM)

Agency Link: http://www.sfm.illinois.gov/commercial/ust/index.aspx and http://www.sfm.illinois.gov/commercial/ust/operatortraining.aspx

Program Status: New UST Operator Rules were posted on the IL-OSFM website on February 15th and published in the State Register on March 2nd. The Rules confirm that Illinois will rely on approved third party training. The OSFM states that it will accept training programs for review and approval as of March 1st. OSFM received API/Antea Group’s training program submittal for approval on March 7th. Its review and approval are pending.

Reciprocity: The Rules are specifically silent on reciprocity, however they do indicate that training must reflect existing State of Illinois requirements for operation of USTs and be updated for any Illinois Statute or Rule change. Based on this, OSFM commented that they have decided not to allow reciprocity due to the numerous state-specific requirements that exist for UST Operators in Illinois

Contact Information: Gary.Turgeon@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: OSFM received API/Antea Group’s training program submittal for approval on March 7th. Its review and approval are pending


Indiana

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Indiana Department of Environmental Management Underground Storage Tank Section

Agency Link: http://www.in.gov/idem/4999.htm

Program Status: IDEM is administering a free, online training course for certification of Class A and Class B Operators. See the web link above to access the course. Class C Operators will be trained by the associated Class A or Class B Operator.

Reciprocity: IDEM will not accept reciprocity from other state training programs.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group online program will be available for providing Class C Operator Training in Indiana.


Iowa

Training Deadline: December 31, 2011

Regulating Agency: Iowa Department of Natural Resouces (IDNR)

Agency Link: http://www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/RegulatoryLand/UndergroundStorageTanks/USTOwnersOperators/ USTTraining.aspx

Program Status: Iowa Operators can now use our online Storage Tank Operator Training anytime day or night, and get trained and certified for free. The Iowa UST fund has contracted with Antea Group to provide online Storage Tank Operator Training and certification facilities through December 31, 2013. The UST Fund will cover costs for training and certification for all A/B Operators of registered USTs. Our easy-to-use-training program is the most convenient way to get trained and certified to ensure you and your facility are compliant with state regulations. Register for the training by calling our toll free number 1 888 951-3456 to receive your token for free training and certification.

Reciprocity: IDNR will officially accept training in other states with a recognized similar program on a case by case basis.

Special Conditions: If you are an Iowa operater, the Comprehensive Iowa Underground Storage Tank Board (Fund) has contracted trainers to provide the training at no cost. Contact Antea Group to receive a FREE promotional code.

Contact Information: Gary.Turgeon@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program is approved and available now. Click on Register at the right to start your training!


Kansas

Training Deadline: When UST Operating Permits are issued during the 2011/2012 Permit Cycle

Regulating Agency: Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE)

Agency Link: http://www.kdheks.gov/tanks/index.html

Program Status: Training is available for A & B levels. Training for C level will be completed by A or B level approved personnel on-site.

Reciprocity: Only KDHE approved training is accepted.

API/Antea Approval: Although not recognized by the KDHE, a modified API/Antea program will be evaluated by Antea/API.


Kentucky

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection - Underground Storage Tank Branch (KYDEP)

Agency Link: http://waste.ky.gov/UST/pages/ot.aspx

Program Status: KYDEP will be administering its own web-based training and certification program for Class A and Class B operators. The KYDEP training will be a free web-based interactive application called TOOLs which will allow tank owners to select their designated operators and allow operators to sign up and take training. Check the KYDEP website to see updates on when the training program will be available. Class C training will be left up to the tank owners/operators to complete for their appropriate facility personnel.

Reciprocity: KYDEP will not accept reciprocity from other state training programs.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group online program will be available for providing Class C Operator Training in Kentucky.



Louisiana

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

Agency Link: http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/DIVISIONS/UndergroundStorageTank.aspx

Program Status: Final ruling was issued February 20, 2010. LADEQ is providing periodic training seminars and they will approve third party training contractors.

Reciprocity: Not specifically referenced, however the Department must approve any training program.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea program will be submitted for review.


Maine

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Agency Link: http://www.maine.gov/dep/index.html

Program Status: Maine DEP offers Class A, B and C Operators training and certification via TankSmart -The Oil Storage Tank Search & Operator Training Online Service (http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/tanksmart/index.cgi ). In the State of Maine, Class A and B operators are combined into a single Class A/B operator.

Reciprocity: Not applicable at this time.

API/Antea Approval: N/A


Maryland


Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Maryland Department of the Environment - Oil Control Program (MDE-OCP)

Agency Link: http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Land/OilControl/UndergroundStorageTanks/Pages/ programs/landprograms/oil_control/usthome/ustcertification_programs.aspx

Program Status: The MDE Program closely follows the state UST regulations and EPA Grant Guidelines. Training will be provided by approved third-party operator training programs.

Reciprocity: MDE may recognize certification from other approved courses that follow Federal Requirements (40 CFR 280) if recognized by another state and approved by the EPA. Contact the MDE for specific training programs that have been approved through reciprocity.

Special Conditions:

Contact Information: jane.crabtree@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program has been approved. Click on Register at the right to start your training!

Classroom Training: Please contact Jane Crabtree Jane.Crabtree@anteagroup.com if interested in attending classroom training events.




Michigan


Training Deadline: August 8 2012. However, MDEQ has notified all registered tank owners that because the rules were not adopted until May 2012 they will delay enforcement action. The letter said in part; “In recognition of this reduced time frame, the inspectors will not take enforcement actions in response to failure to comply with the owner/operator training and certification requirements until January 2, 2013”.

Regulating Agency: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - Underground Storage Tank Program (MDEQ)

Agency Link: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3311_4115_4238---,00.html

Program Status: Michigan finalized its rules and they went into effect on May 8, 2012. The Class A and Class B Operator certification requires passing a Michigan specific exam, for each class of owner/operator, administered by the International Code Council (ICC). The proctored examination is an “open book” test, subject to the restrictions of the ICC, and MUST BE TAKEN AT THE ICC TESTING SITES which are administered by their computer-based testing vendor, Pearson VUE, throughout the state. Class C Operators can be trained by the associated Class B Operator or another acceptable training source. Class C certification does not require an examination it only requires facility-specific training.

Reciprocity: Michigan will not allow for reciprocity from other state programs.

Contact Information: Ben.Hansen@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: API/Antea Group have developed a Michigan-specific UST operator exam preparation course to assist operators in preparing for either the Class A or Class B operator exams. This exam preparation course is now available. Click on Register at the right to start your training!



Minnesota

Training Deadline: Facility Telephone Area Codes: 612, 651, 763, and 952 - August 8, 2011; Facility Telephone Area Codes: 507, 320, 218, and all others - August 8, 2012.

Regulating Agency: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Agency Link: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/waste/waste-and-cleanup/waste-management/tank-compliance-and-assistance/underground-storage-tanks-ust/ust-operator-requirements.html

Program Status: Class A and B operators are required to take and pass an exam with a score of 75 percent or higher. The exam is administered online by the MPCA. The MPCA highly recommends that Class A and B operators attend training before taking the exam, however it is not required. Training is required in two circumstances: the operator failed the exam, or the facility is found to be out of compliance.

Reciprocity: MPCA will accept operator certification from other states. Owners/operators must submit certification and information to demonstrate the other state's examination is equivalent to the MPCA exam.

Special Conditions: Owners/Operators MUST take the MPCA administered exam to be certified.

Contact Information: Gary.Turgeon@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program is approved and available now. Click on Register at the right to start your training!


Mississippi

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality

Agency Link: http://www.deq.state.ms.us/MDEQ.nsf/page/UST_OperatorTraining?OpenDocument

Program Status: MDEQ is providing free UST Compliance Manager Training Seminars until July 31, 2012. Certification is also available through MDEQ-examination, third-party course, MDEQ-approved in-house training, or reciprocity.

Reciprocity: Mississippi will approve an individual as a UST Compliance Manager via reciprocity if:
  1. That individual holds an API/AnteaGroup Class A or B Operators Certification from any other state
  2. That individual does work at active facilities in both Mississippi and the state in which they hold the API/Antea Certification
  3. They submit proof of both with the attached registration request.
Mississippi will then send a Mississippi certificate to the individual.

Contact Information: jane.crabtree@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: Antea currently reviewing program and considering submitting for state approval


Missouri

Training Deadline: August 8, 2010 or per Federal Guidelines

Regulating Agency: Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)

Agency Link: http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/tanks/tanks.htm

Program Status: MDNR is in the process of developing regulations/legislation regarding Operator Training. No information is available with respect to how this program will be implemented.

Reciprocity: Unknown at this time.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea program will be submitted for review.


Montana

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Agency Link: http://www.deq.mt.gov/wqinfo/opcert/default.mcpx

Program Status: MDEQ has an operating on-line training program entitled "Tank Helper" that is offered free through the state web site. They will accept third-party training from an approved provider.

Reciprocity: If a Class A or B operator has completed operator training in another state, the department may approve the training if the training requirements of the other state are at least as stringent as the training requirements in this state.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea program will be submitted for review.


Nebraska

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012 (likely)

Regulating Agency: Nebraska State Fire Marshall's Office

Agency Link: http://www.sfm.state.ne.us/

Program Status: The Operator Training program is currently under rule review.

Reciprocity: Undecided until the legal portion of the rule review is completed.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea program will be submitted for review.


Nevada

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Nevada Division of Environmental Protection

Agency Link: http://ndep.nv.gov/BCA/ust_home.htm

Program Status: Training will be provided by approved third-party operator training programs. The API/Antea Group course is approved by the NDEP.

Reciprocity: The operator must demonstrate that he or she has satisfied another State's Class A or Class B operator training requirements and is approved as a Class A or Class B operator within that State. NDEP must also be able to verify that the operator is in ?good standing? with the State for which he or she is approved as a Class A or Class B operator.

Contact Information: jim.coburn@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program is an acceptable method for training in Nevada. Click on Register at the right to start your training!


New Hampshire

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Department of Waste Management Division of Oil Remediation and Compliance Bureau

Agency Link: http://des.nh.gov/media/pr/2010/20100616-ust.htm

Program Status: Only Class C UST Operator Training is Approved and Available

Reciprocity: If a Class A, B or C operator has certification in another state and wants to use that certification in New Hampshire the other states certification program must be reviewed and approved first. New Hampshire does not allow operators from other states to come into the state and bring the New Hampshire certification back to another state.

API/Antea Approval: Antea Group would look for approval within two months after submittal of program. Estimated September 2011.


New Jersey

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP); Bureau of Hazardous Waste & UST Compliance and Enforcement

Agency Link: http://www.nj.gov/dep/enforcement/ust.html

Program Status: NJDEP has not yet started. Discussions with Program Manager Jonathan Berg indicate that NJ will not approve 3rd party training

Reciprocity: Currently not decided

API/Antea Approval: The state is not taking applications at this point


New Mexico

Training Deadline: July 1, 2010 for all owners of more than 12 facilities; July 1, 2011 for all owners of three to 12 facilities; and July 1, 2012 for all owners of one or two facilities.

Regulating Agency: New Mexico Environment Department; Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau (PSTB)

Agency Link: http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/ust/OperatorTraining.htm

Program Status: The NM PSTB is accepting third-party training programs. New Mexico operator training requirements include both Underground and Aboveground Storage Tank requirements.

Reciprocity: The NM PSTB will not accept training programs from other states.

Special Conditions: NM PSTB does accept module-specific training for those that need refresher training in specific subject areas.

Contact Information: jim.coburn@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The NM PSTB has accepted Antea Group/API's online Operator Training as well as Antea Group's classroom classroom training. Click on Register at the right to start your training!


New York

Training Deadline: No details available

Regulating Agency: No details available

Agency Link: No details available

Program Status: No details available

Reciprocity: No details available

API/Antea Approval: No details available


North Carolina

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: North Carolina Department of Natural Resourses, Division of Waste Management

Agency Link: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wm/ust/operatortraining

Program Status: NCDENR is conducting on-site UST inspections and recordkeeping compliance. A two week notice will be provided to the site owner advising of the on-site inspection. Operator exams are given by NDENR during inspections. Operators not successfully passing exams are sent to NCDENR "Tank School". A two week notice will be provided to the site owner advising of the on-site inspection. NCDENR has accepted the Antea Group/API program as an acceptable method of Class A, B and A/B Operator training to replace “Tank School.”

Reciprocity: NCDENR is not accepting certifications obtained through other state programs

Special Conditions: Trainees may only take the Antea Group/API course as a replacement for Tank School, however Class A/B operators are still subject to the on-site inspections and completion of the on-site exam.

Contact Information: jane.crabtree@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group training program has been approved. Click on Register at the right to start your training!


North Dakota

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012.

Regulating Agency: North Dakota Department of Health (ND-DoH) – Waste Management

Agency Link: http://www.ndhealth.gov/WM/UndergroundStorageTankProgram/

Program Status: Administrative Rules are in place for UST Operational Compliance in Chapter 33-24-08. Rules related to operator training program requirements became effective 4/01/2011.

Reciprocity: The Department may consider operator training certification verification from other States that have equivalent training requirements. They do require that all operators take at least 3 training modules from the ND-DoH training program covering an introduction to their program, an overview of the Operator Training requirements and practices specific to operating USTs in North Dakota. They also require that an operator upload the training materials from the other course they completed so that ND-DoH can review and approve that course as part of granting certification in ND through reciprocity with another UST Operator Training program.

Contact Information:gary.turgeon@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The ND DoH has developed online training which is provided on their website for no charge. API/Antea Group’s courses from other states may be used to seek certification through reciprocity, by following the process as noted above.


Oklahoma

Training Deadline: July 1, 2011

Regulating Agency: Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Agency Link: http://www.occeweb.com/ps/operatortraining1.htm

Program Status: Operators must complete the OCC Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau (PSTB) training program. This program can be accessed via the web (http://www.occeweb.com/operatortraining). Classroom sessions are also available through OCC.

Reciprocity: Any AnteaGroup/API state-approved program will be granted reciprocity.

Special Conditions: If training is completed in another state, Operators must provide documentation (certificate), review a summary of Oklahoma specific regulations, and read/sign state-specific summary affidavit. The regulation summary / affadavit document is available by clicking HERE.

Contact Information: rob.dixon@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program has been approved through reciprocity by taking any other Antea Group/API Class A/B course and by completing a state-specific rules affadavit. Click on Register at the right to start your training!


Oregon

Training Deadline: August 9, 2009

Regulating Agency: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Agency Link: http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/training.htm#Tanks

Program Status: Oregon recognizes the International Code Council's (ICC) national UST System Operator examination. In addition to providing the DEQ evidence of successfully passing the ICC examination, the DEQ also requires review of the training manual that covers Oregon-specific UST rules and regulations. After submitting an affidavit stating that you have read and understood the manual, you would then be in compliance with the training requirement.

Reciprocity: Training from other states (or methods) must be approved by the Department.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group program will be submitted for review and should be approved by May 1, 2011


Pennsylvania

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Pennsylvania Department of Environnmental Protection (PADEP); Division of Storage Tanks

Agency Link: http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/underground_storage_tanks/14107/ust_operators/688251

Program Status: PADEP is accepting third-party operator training programs. Program closely mirrors EPA Grant Guidelines.

Reciprocity: PADEP does not accept other state training programs for reciprocity.

Contact Information: jane.crabtree@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program has been approved. Click on Register at the right to start your training!




Rhode Island

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Agency Link: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/benviron/waste/topictan.htm

Program Status: Does not have Legislation

Reciprocity: Should an operator pass an out of state exam, that exam will be allowed as verification in Rhode Island for one year. After one year, a certification of passing from an ICC exam must be obtained.

API/Antea Approval: We anticipate submittal of the Antea Group/API program within approximately 3 months.


South Carolina

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Bureau of Land and Waste Management Division of Underground Storage Tank (UST) Management

Agency Link: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wm/ust/operatortraining

Program Status: SCDHEC has an operator training program offered online and has specific training material that has been prepared for certification.

Reciprocity: SCDHEC is not accepting certifications obtained through other state programs

Contact Information: jane.crabtree@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group training program has been approved. Click on Register at the right to start your training!


South Dakota


Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (SD-DENR)

Agency Link: http://denr.sd.gov/des/gw/tanks/List_of_Tank_Operator_Trainers.aspx and http://denr.sd.gov/des/gw/tanks/TankSection.aspx

Program Status: Administrative Rules are in place for UST Operational Compliance in Chapter 74:56:01. At present, there is not an intent to promulgate more specific rules related to operator training program requirements. API/Antea Group’s program is approved by the SD-DENR based on their State Specific rules. Through an agreement with the State, SD-PPMA is providing a limited number of state funded classroom training events.

Reciprocity: South Dakota will grant reciprocity to operators who have been certified by any other State’s Approved State Program. To verify that an operator’s certificate is from an Approved State Program, one must submit their training certificate indicating the Trainer and State Program to SD-DENR. If an Operator has received a certificate from a program that has not been approved by an appropriate State UST Program, that operator must submit the training program materials to SD-DENR for their approval before they will recognize that certificate.

Contact Information: gary.turgeon@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program is approved by SD-DENR and covers the South Dakota specific regulations. Click on Register at the right to start your training!


Tennessee

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

Agency Link: http://www.tn.gov/environment/ust/operator_training.shtml

Program Status: The TDEC has created a free web-based interactive application called Tennessee Tank Helper which will allow tank owners to select their designated operators and allow operators to sign up and take training.

Reciprocity: Tennessee recognizes four testing options:
(1) TDEC ?Tank Helper? online training
(2) TDEC in-person classroom training
(3) International Code Council (ICC) Tennessee specific exam
(4) ICC National Exam. The TDEC does not accept certification from other States or organizations.

API / Antea Group Approval:None pending.


Texas

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Agency Link: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/permitting/registration/pst

Program Status: Regulations have been finalized and third party programs will be the only training option. The TCEQ will accept training programs which are endorsed by a nationwide association or industry organization, if they are approved by the TCEQ.

Reciprocity: TCEQ will not accept training programs from other states.

Contact Information: operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group training program has been approved and is available now.

Classroom Training: No additional classroom training events are currently scheduled  in Texas. Private events are available upon request. For more  information, call Rob Dixon at + 1 512-241-1038. 



Utah

Training Deadline: January 1, 2012

Regulating Agency: Utah Department of Environmental Quality; Division of Environmental Response and Remediation

Agency Link: http://www.undergroundtanks.utah.gov/

Program Status: Class A and B operators must complete an approved training course and pass an approved registration examination, or may pass a nationally-recognized UST operator examination and a separate Utah UST rules examination instead of taking the training course and registration examination.

Reciprocity: If the DERR determines that another state's operator training program is equivalent to Utah's program, it may be accepted with the following provisions: Must take state approved exam and must submit registration application and fee.

Contact Information: jim.coburn@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program has been approved. Click on Register at the right to start your training!


Vermont

Training Deadline: August 1, 2012

Regulating Agency: Vermont Department of Waste Management

Agency Link: www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/wastediv/ust/home.htm

Program Status: Regulations Pending state recognition not yet available

Reciprocity: The Secretary may approve an operator training test and associated curriculum conducted or approved by another state as meeting the requirements of these rules.

API/Antea Approval: The Antea Group/API program is awaiting a Request for Proposal to determine how to proceed. It is Antea Groups desire to provide both in-person and online Operator Training.


Virginia

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality-Petroleum Storage Tank Program (VDEQ-UST)

Agency Link: http://www.deq.state.va.us/Programs/LandProtectionRevitalization/PetroleumProgram.aspx

Program Status: The VADEQ Program closely follows the state UST regulations and EPA Grant Guidelines. Training will be provided by approved third-party operator training vendors.

Reciprocity: All state developed training programs (provided by approved trainers) that meet EPA?s minimum grant guidelines are approved via reciprocity. Program's that are not another state?s program, must obtain approval from DEQ (either in advance or retroactively).

Special Conditions: None.

Contact Information: jane.crabtree@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program is an acceptable method for training in Virginia. Click on Register at the right to start your training!


Washington

Training Deadline: December 31, 2012

Regulating Agency: Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE)

Agency Link: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/ust-lust/OperatorTraining/OperatorTraining.html

Program Status: Operator training requirements are still pending, however Ecology has approved training providers of Class A, B and C operators. Any operator who recieves this training will be certified.

Reciprocity: Pending final rule

Special Conditions: The new Washington UST rules require that all Class A or Class B Operators take the combined Class A+B training.

Contact Information: Eric.Larsen@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program has been approved. Click on Register at the right to start your training!




Washington D.C.

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: District Department of the Environment - Underground Storage Tank Program (DDOE-UST)

Agency Link: http://ddoe.dc.gov/ddoe/cwp/view,a,1209,q,494854,ddoeNav_GID,1486,ddoeNav,%7C31375%7C31377%7C.asp

Program Status: The District of Columbia Operator Training Program closely mirrors EPA Grant Guidelines. Training will be provided by third party Trainers.

Reciprocity: DDOE-UST may recognize certification from other approved courses that follow Federal Requirements (40 CFR 280) if recognized by another state and approved by the EPA. The API/Antea Group training for Maryland is approved in D.C.

Contact Information: jane.crabtree@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program has been approved. Click on Register at the right to start your training!


Wisconsin

Training Deadline: Notification and training of designated Class A, B and C Operators is required by January 1, 2012. Facilities that qualify as Small Businesss may receive an extension until August 8, 2012.

Regulating Agency: Wisconsin Department of Commerce (WDOC)

Agency Link: http://commerce.wi.gov/ER/ER-BST-FedRegUST_OperatorTraining.html

Program Status: Methods for meeting the requirements of Class A and B Operator training include having: 1) a certificate issued by the International Code Council® showing an individual has passed the Wisconsin underground storage tank operator examination; or (2) written proof of successful completion of an equivalent, alternate operator training and testing program that has received prior approval from the Department of Commerce. Class C operators must obtain training and a certificate from the accredited Class A or Class B facility operator where the Class C operator is employed indicating successful completion of training for the facility.

Reciprocity: The department may accept Class A and Class B operator training verification from other states that have equivalent operator training requirements. To seek Department approval, Operators will need to provide written proof of their training verification, review WI rules and sign a Department provided form stating that they have read and understand the WI rules.

Contact Information: Gary.Turgeon@anteagroup.com or operatortraining.us@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program is approved and available now. Click on Register at the right to start your training!

Special Conditions: Until September 30, 2013 or until funding runs out, storage tank owners/operators can apply for a state grant of $75 towards approved Class A, B or A/B Storage Tank Operator Training. Register for the grant HERE. The grant must be used by September 30, 2013.



Wyoming

Training Deadline: November 10, 2009

Regulating Agency: Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Agency Link: http://deq.state.wy.us

Program Status: As of 11/10/2009, all Class A & B Operators must be licensed and be registered with the WDEQ. Trained A or B operators must also perform monthly inspections.

Reciprocity: The WDEQ will accept the International Code Council test for "WY State Specific Storage Tank Laws".

Contact Information: Jim.Coburn@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program is not approved as Wyoming does not accept third party training.


Alabama

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Underground Storage Tanks (UST) Program

Agency Link: http://adem.alabama.gov/programs/water/groundwater.cnt

Program Status: ADEM requires training and examination of Class A and B Operators. ADEM implements this program through approval of third-party training providers.

Reciprocity: ADEM consider/approval training criteria and certification from other state programs providing that it meets EPA regulations at the minimum.

Contact Information: Elliott.Nightingale@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program has been approved. Click on Register to the right and start training!
Alaska

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC)

Agency Link: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/SPAR/ipp/ust/USTCA.asp

Program Status: An Owner of a UST facility is required to have a training plan in place for Operators. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is in the process of updating the regulation, Title 18 Alaska Administrative Code (AAC) 78, Underground Storage Tanks, that will detail the Operator training requirements.

Reciprocity: Pending final rule

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea program will be submitted for review.
Arizona

Training Deadline: August 9, 2012

Regulating Agency: AZ Department of Environmental Quality

Agency Link: http://www.azdeq.gov

Program Status: Program is currently stalled due to a moratorium on new rules

Reciprocity: Undetermined

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea program will be submitted for review.
Arkansas

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012 or earlier

Regulating Agency: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)

Agency Link: http://www.adeq.state.ar.us/rst/branch_programs/ust_cert.htm

Program Status: To be certified as a Class A or Class B operator, an individual shall pass a written examination given by the Department with a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher. Training for C level will be completed by A or B level approved personnel on-site.

Reciprocity: The Department may accept Class A or Class B operator certification from another state with an EPA-recognized operator training program. Application fee is $25 for one or $50 for both training certificates.

API/Antea Approval: Although not recognized by the ADEQ, a modified API/Antea program will be prepared to assist operators in preparing for the Arkansas exam.
California

Training Deadline:January 1, 2005, within 30 days of new hire

Regulating Agency: State Water Resources Control Board, UST Division

Agency Link: http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/ust/

Program Status: Currently the ICC is the only CA approved exam to fulfill UST operator requirements.

Reciprocity: There is no reciprocity.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group training is being submitted for consideration as an approved alternative to ICC.
Connecticut

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection

Agency Link: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2692&q=322600&depNav_GID=1652

Program Status: Connecticut has not drafted regulations regarding Operator Training.

Reciprocity: Unknown at this time.

API/Antea Approval: Once the state regulations are drafted the Antea Group/API program will be submitted for review. We will be seeking approval to provide both in-person and web-based Operator Training.
Delaware

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control-Tank Management Branch (DNREC-TMB)

Agency Link: http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnrec2000/Divisions/AWM/ust/

Program Status: DNREC-TMB has contracted with Delaware Technical & Community College to provide the only state-approved training program and exam. The course will be 2, four hour long sessions administered at 3 locations state-wide. Currently, online course offerings are not available.

Reciprocity: DNREC-TMB allows for reciprocity of training certification from other states, however, the Delaware specific exam must be completed and passed.

API/Antea Approval: Although not recognized by the DNREC, a modified API/Antea program will be evaluated by Antea/API.
Florida

Training Deadline: No details available
BR>Regulating Agency: Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

Agency Link: www.dep.state.fl.us/

Program Status: FL currently has no rules developed.

Reciprocity: No details available

API/Antea Approval: No details available

Hawaii

Training Deadline: August 8 2012

Regulating Agency: Hawaii Department of Health - Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch

Agency Link: http://hawaii.gov/health/environmental/waste/ust/index.html

Program Status: The State of Hawaii os in the process of updating the UST regulations to include UST operator training requirements

Reciprocity: Unknown - pending final rule

API/Antea Approval: Not started

Idaho

Training Deadline: April 2, 2008

Regulating Agency: Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Agency Link: http://www.deq.idaho.gov/waste/prog_issues/ust_lust/#regs

Program Status: The training will be conducted at the owner or operator's UST site. Class A and B Operators must be reported to DEQ within 30 days of the designation and then be trained according to class. Idaho-approved third party trainer can also provide the training.

Reciprocity: Not specified in th regulations.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea program will be submitted for review.
Illinois

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012.

Regulating Agency: Illinois Office of State Fire Marshall (OSFM)

Agency Link: http://www.sfm.illinois.gov/commercial/ust/index.aspx

Program Status: Draft Rules governing UST Operator Training are in promulgation and proposed rules are anticipated to be published in the IL State Register in April. Anticipated effective date will depend on whether a public hearing is necessary and may be as early as June 2011 if a hearing is not required.

Reciprocity: Draft rules are silent on reciprocity, however they do indicate that training must reflect existing State of Illinois requirements for operation of USTs and be updated for any Illinois Statute or Rule change.

Contact Information: Gary.Turgeon@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: OSFM intends to allow third party training and testing subject to their review and written approval of the training program. API/Antea Group intends to submit our program for approval at the earliest possible time.
Indiana

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012 (liekly)

Regulating Agency: Indiana Department of Environmental Management Underground Storage Tank Section

Agency Link: http://www.in.gov/idem/4999.htm

Program Status: The program is currently being developed by IDEM. Final regulations are expected to be available during the summer of 2011. Draft regulations currently indicate that Class A and Class B Operator certification will be achieved only through an Indiana specific exam administered by the International Code Council (ICC). Class C Operators will be trained by the associated Class A or Class B Operator.

Reciprocity: The draft regulations currently state that reciprocity will be considered from other states whose regulations are at least as stringent as Indiana's.

API/Antea Approval: Although not recognized by the IDEM, a modified API/Antea Group program will be evaluated to provide exam preperation services and Class C Operator Training assistence to owner/operators.
Kansas

Training Deadline: When UST Operating Permits are issued during the 2011/2012 Permit Cycle

Regulating Agency: Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE)

Agency Link: http://www.kdheks.gov/tanks/index.html

Program Status: Training is available for A & B levels. Training for C level will be completed by A or B level approved personnel on-site.

Reciprocity: Only KDHE approved training is accepted.

API/Antea Approval: Although not recognized by the KDHE, a modified API/Antea program will be evaluated by Antea/API.
Kentucky

Training Deadline: February 8, 2012 (Proposed)

Regulating Agency: Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection - Underground Storage Tank Branch (KYDEP)

Agency Link: http://waste.ky.gov/UST/Pages/default.aspx

Program Status: The KYDEP is currently finalizing its regulation regarding how training and certification will be implemented. Based on the draft regulations, KYDEP will be administering its own web-based training and certification program for Class A and Class B operators. The KYDEP training will be a free web-based interactive application called TOOLs which will allow tank owners to select their designated operators and allow operators to sign up and take training. Class C training will be left up to the tank owners/operators to complete for their appropriate facility personnel.

Reciprocity: The draft KYDEP regulations do not address reciprocity

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group online program will be available for providing Class C Operator Training in Kentucky.

Louisiana

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

Agency Link: http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/DIVISIONS/UndergroundStorageTank.aspx

Program Status: Final ruling was issued February 20, 2010. LADEQ is providing periodic training seminars and they will approve third party training contractors.

Reciprocity: Not specifically referenced, however the Department must approve any training program.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea program will be submitted for review.
Maine

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Agency Link: http://www.dec.ny.gov/

Program Status: New York has not drafted regulations regarding Operator Training.

Reciprocity: Not known at this time.

API/Antea Approval: When the state of New York finalizes an Operator Training program, Antea Group/API will submit it's training program for state approval.
Maryland

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Maryland Department of the Environment - Oil Control Program (MDE-OCP)

Agency Link: http://www.mde.state.md.us/Programs/LandPrograms/Oil_Control/USThome/index.asp

Program Status: The MDE-OCP Program closely follows the state UST regulations and EPA Grant Guidelines. Training will be provided by approved third-party operator training programs.

Reciprocity: MDE-OCP may recognize certification from other approved courses that follow Federal Requirements (40 CFR 280) if recognized by another state and approved by the EPA.

Contact Information: Ben.Hansen@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program has been approved. Click on Register to the right and start training!

Michigan

Training Deadline: August 8 2012

Regulating Agency: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - Underground Storage Tank Program (MDEQ)

Agency Link: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3311_4115_4238---,00.html

Program Status: Michigan is currently finalizing its regulations. Final regulations are expected to be available by the fall of 2011. Draft regulations currently indicate that Class A and Class B Operator certification will be achieved only through a Michigan specific exam administered by the International Code Council (ICC). Class C Operators will be trained by the associated Class B Operator.

Reciprocity: The draft Michigan regulations do not address reciprocity

API/Antea Approval: Although not recognized by the MDEQ, a modified API/Antea Group program will be evaluated to provide exam preperation services and Class C Operator Training assistence to owner/operators.
Minnesota

Training Deadline: FFacility Telephone Area Codes: 612, 651, 763, and 952 - August 8, 2011; Facility Telephone Area Codes: 507, 320, 218, and all others - August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)


Agency Link: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/waste/waste-and-cleanup/waste-management/tank-compliance-and-assistance/underground-storage-tanks-ust/ust-operator-requirements.html

Program Status: Class A and B operators are required to take and pass an exam with a score of 75 percent or higher. The exam is administered online by the MPCA. The MPCA highly recommends that Class A and B operators attend training before taking the exam, however it is not required. Training is required in two circumstances: the operator failed the exam, or the facility is found to be out of compliance.

Reciprocity: MPCA will accept operator certification from other states. Owners/operators must submit certification and information to demonstrate the other state's examination is equivalent to the MPCA exam.

Contact Information: Gary.Turgeon@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program has been approved. Click on Register at the right to start your training!
Mississippi

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality

Agency Link: http://www.deq.state.ms.us/MDEQ.nsf/page/UST_PageHome?OpenDocument

Program Status: Currently, MDEQ does not have any rules or guidance as to their implementation of the federal Energy Act Operator Training requirement.

Reciprocity: Currently unknown

API/Antea Approval: Once the state determines how they will implement the program, API/Antea Group will be submit the online program for review.
Missouri

Training Deadline: August 8, 2010 or per Federal Guidelines

Regulating Agency: Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)

Agency Link: http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/tanks/tanks.htm

Program Status: MDNR is in the process of developing regulations/legislation regarding Operator Training. No information is available with respect to how this program will be implemented.

Reciprocity: Unknown at this time.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea program will be submitted for review.
Montana

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Agency Link: http://www.deq.mt.gov/wqinfo/opcert/default.mcpx

Program Status: MDEQ has an operating on-line training program entitled "Tank Helper" that is offered free through the state web site. They will accept third-party training from an approved provider.

Reciprocity: If a Class A or B operator has completed operator training in another state, the department may approve the training if the training requirements of the other state are at least as stringent as the training requirements in this state.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea program will be submitted for review.
Nebraska

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012 (likely)

Regulating Agency: Nebraska State Fire Marshall's Office

Agency Link: http://www.sfm.state.ne.us/

Program Status: The Operator Training program is currently under rule review.

Reciprocity: Undecided until the legal portion of the rule review is completed.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea program will be submitted for review.
Nevada

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012 (likely)

Regulating Agency: Nevada Division of Environmental Protection

Agency Link: http://ndep.nv.gov/BCA/ust_home.htm

Program Status: No information available on state status

Reciprocity: Unknown

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea program will be submitted for review.
New Hampshire

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Department of Waste Management Division of Oil Remediation and Compliance Bureau

Agency Link: http://des.nh.gov/media/pr/2010/20100616-ust.htm

Program Status: Only Class C UST Operator Training is Approved and Available

Reciprocity: If a Class A, B or C operator has certification in another state and wants to use that certification in New Hampshire the other states certification program must be reviewed and approved first. New Hampshire does not allow operators from other states to come into the state and bring the New Hampshire certification back to another state.

API/Antea Approval: Antea Group would look for approval within two months after submittal of program. Estimated September 2011.
New Jersey

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP); Bureau of Hazardous Waste & UST Compliance and Enforcement

Agency Link: http://www.nj.gov/dep/enforcement/ust.html

Program Status: NJDEP has not yet started. Discussions with Program Manager Jonathan Berg indicate that NJ will not approve 3rd party training

Reciprocity: Currently not decided

API/Antea Approval: The state is not taking applications at this point
New York

Training Deadline: No details available

Regulating Agency: No details available

Agency Link: No details available

Program Status: No details available

Reciprocity: No details available

API/Antea Approval: No details available
North Dakota

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012.

Regulating Agency: North Dakota Department of Health-Waste Management

Agency Link: http://www.ndhealth.gov/WM/UndergroundStorageTankProgram/

Program Status: Administrative Rules are in place for UST Operational Compliance in Chapter 33-24-08. Rules related to operator training program requirements became effective 4/01/2011.

Reciprocity: The Department may accept operator training certification verification from other States that have with equivalent training requirements.

API/Antea Approval: A State run program to Train Class A and B Operators is in development.
Oregon

Training Deadline: August 9, 2009

Regulating Agency: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Agency Link: http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/training.htm#Tanks

Program Status: Oregon recognizes the International Code Council's (ICC) national UST System Operator examination. In addition to providing the DEQ evidence of successfully passing the ICC examination, the DEQ also requires review of the training manual that covers Oregon-specific UST rules and regulations. After submitting an affidavit stating that you have read and understood the manual, you would then be in compliance with the training requirement.

Reciprocity: Training from other states (or methods) must be approved by the Department.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group program will be submitted for review and should be approved by May 1, 2011
South Dakota

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (SD-DENR)

Agency Link: http://denr.sd.gov/des/gw/tanks/TankSection.aspx

Program Status: Administrative Rules are in place for UST Operational Compliance in Chapter 74:56:01. At present, there is not an intent to promulgate more specific rules related to operator training program requirements.

Reciprocity: SD-DENR has stated they will review course syllabi and training materials approved in other states and determine if it meets the requirements for SD. They anticipate that if training is approved in other states it will be acceptable for SD.

API/Antea Approval: A State funded program to Train Class A and B Operators is in development. Classroom training options are anticipated to start in the early summer.
Tennessee

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Underground Storage Tanks

Agency Link: http://tennessee.gov/environment/ust/operator_training.shtml

Program Status: The TDEC has created a free web-based interactive application called Tennessee Tank Helper which will allow tank owners to select their designated operators and allow operators to sign up and take training.

Reciprocity: TDEC is not accepting certifications obtained through other state programs

API/Antea Approval: Although not recognized by the TDEC, a modified API/Antea program will be evaluated by Antea/API.
Vermont

Training Deadline: August 1, 2012

Regulating Agency: Vermont Department of Waste Management

Agency Link: www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/wastediv/ust/home.htm

Program Status: Regulations Pending state recognition not yet available

Reciprocity: The Secretary may approve an operator training test and associated curriculum conducted or approved by another state as meeting the requirements of these rules.

API/Antea Approval: The Antea Group/API program is awaiting a Request for Proposal to determine how to proceed. It is Antea Groups desire to provide both in-person and online Operator Training.
Virginia

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality-Petroleum Storage Tank Program (VDEQ-UST)

Agency Link: http://www.deq.state.va.us/tanks/

Program Status: The VADEQ Program closely follows the state UST regulations and EPA Grant Guidelines. Training will be provided by approved third-party operator training programs.

Reciprocity: VDEQ-UST may recognize certification from other approved courses that follow Federal Requirements (40 CFR 280) if recognized by another state and approved by the EPA.

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea program will be submitted for review.

Classroom Training: Is available in Virginia for $275/person. It will be held on July 18, 2012 in Richmond.

Click HERE to download the registration form. The form can be emailed to Jane.Crabtree@anteagroup.com or faxed to +1 484 887 0315. For questions or more information, call Jane at +1 484 887 0889.


Washington D.C.

Training Deadline: August 8, 2012

Regulating Agency: District Department of the Environment - Underground Storage Tank Program (DDOE-UST)

Agency Link: http://ddoe.dc.gov/ddoe/cwp/view,a,1209,q,494854,ddoeNav_GID,1486,ddoeNav,%7C31375%7C31377%7C.asp

Program Status: The District of Columbia Operator Training Program closely mirrors EPA Grant Guidelines. Training will be provided by third party Trainers.

Reciprocity: DDOE-UST may recognize certification from other approved courses that follow Federal Requirements (40 CFR 280) if recognized by another state and approved by the EPA.

Contact Information: Ben.Hansen@anteagroup.com

API/Antea Approval: The API/Antea Group Training Program has been approved. Click on Register to the right and start training!
Wyoming

Training Deadline: November 10, 2009

Regulating Agency: Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Agency Link: http://deq.state.wy.us

Program Status: All Class A & B Operators must be trained and licensed by 11/10/09 and be registered with the WDEQ. Trained A or B operators must also perform monthly inspections.

Reciprocity: The WDEQ may accept a license from another state or city after evaluation of the licensors program. They will accept the International Code Council test for "WY State Specific Storage Tank Laws" or UST Operators test.

API/Antea Approval: Although not recognized by the WDEQ, a modified API/Antea program will be prepared to assist operators in preparing for the ICC exam.
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Allow between 4 and 6 hours to take the training or test prep course. You can start and stop the training as long as you like and as often as you like...

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For states where an exam is required, allow between and 1.5 to 2 hours for the exam. Begin your exam only when you are fully prepared to complete it in one sitting...

Print Your Certificate:
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Help and FAQ


Technical Inquiries

Technical question or comments may be addressed by contacting help directly.Responses will be reviewed and an email response or phone call will be made to the Requester within 2 business days.

Subject: Removal of Combustible Material for Hot Work

The requirement for removal of combustible material in RP 1646 is for hot work that is being conducted within a 35 foot radius of the fueling system components and is intended to prevent fires anywhere near a fueling system.  NFPA 51B is also incorporated by reference in 1646, and it requires either moving or shielding combustible materials.  If combustible materials cannot be moved then shielding them can be used an  alternate method.  If your firm does hot work on a regular basis, I suggest you obtain a copy of NFPA standard 51B and become familiar with its requirements, for your information, this is the relevant section from NFPA 51B:

"Anything that is combustible or flammable is susceptible to ignition by cutting and welding. The most common materials likely to become involved in fire are those of combustible building construction such as the following:
(1) Floors, partitions, and roofs
(2) Combustible contents such as wood, paper, textiles, plastics, chemicals, and flammable liquids and gases
(3) Combustible ground cover such as grass and brush
Preventing hot work fires can best be achieved by separating combustibles from ignition sources or by shielding combustibles."

The intent is to prevent fires caused by hot work operations, and not to remove all of the goods in a convenience store. So, if it is not practical to move combustible materials (and in your example, it is clearly not practical) then it seems that shielding is an appropriate alternative.

Subject: Requirements for Atmospheric Testing

The requirement for atmospheric testing is to protect against the possibility of igniting a hazardous atmosphere that may exist at a petroleum/convenience facility.  It does not seem reasonable to believe that an explosive atmosphere could exist inside of a convenience store building during normal operations.  Therefore, it is not necessary to require atmospheric testing under these conditions.  However, many buildings in the petroleum/convenience buildings have vent stacks from the gasoline storage tanks that run up the sides of the structure, and vent above the roof level.  During normal operation these vents may emit gasoline vapors.  When performing hot work on the roof of a building where vent stacks are within 35 feet, testing the explosive properties of the atmosphere is a requirement.  


What is API WorkSafe? / How to start?

API WorkSafe is an online safety awareness qualification program (replacing the BP WorkSafe safety awareness program). The program consists of two optional parts (Recommended Practice Document (RP 1646) and on-line training), and one mandatory part - the on-line test itself. Taking and passing the test will result in an individual obtaining a Safety Key/Certificate. Safety Key/Certificates are issued for one year. Many service station owners now require their contractors to pass the online exam and obtain a Safety Key/Certificate prior to performing any work at their stations. For general information, please use the following link http://www.api.org/certifications/worksafe/index.cfm

WorkSafe is an individual qualification program. Each contractor who is interested in acquiring a Safety Key/Certificate must register through the WorkSafe site and set up an individual on line account. Employees of a company are tied together through the company name.

Login instructions can be found at: APIWorkSafeLogInInstructions.pdf

Additional information can be found within this FAQ.

Other questions, contact API at: 202-682-8469 or WorkSafeHelpdesk@api.org.


Cost?

The following table lists the training fees for Operator Training

Method

Fees

Training Only

Exam Only

Training + Exam

Class A&B (All modules)

$100

$75

$150

Class A&B (per module)

$20

 

 

Class C

 

 

$10

Other Courses

There are three items available for purchase through the WorkSafe system: Item #1 - Recommended Practice (workbook), Item #2 - On-line Training, and Item #3 WorkSafe Exam. Each individual purchase is $15; unless the exam is purchased at the same time as another item (On-line Training or Recommended Practice Document - RP); at such time the price is: $25 for all three items; $20 for any 2 items; or $15 for any one item. Renewing this qualification must be done annually.


Technical Problems (Computer or Internet Connection)

API WorkSafe requires an internet connection and a basic computer. If you experience technical problems, first contact your help desk or technical person, to make sure your internet connection is functioning correctly and your computer is compatible with API WorkSafe. If the problem continues, please contact API at: 202-682-8469 or WorkSafeHelpdesk@api.org.


Credit Card, Payment Problems, Receipts or Refunds

Please contact API at: 202-682-8469 or WorkSafeHelpdesk@api.org. Please note that the API WorkSafe system does not accept the Discovery Card.


How much time can I take and how many attempts can I make to pass the exam?

Operator Training Course

There is a 30 day time limit to complete the Operator Training course.Users can take the exam up to two times before they must re-register for the course. Depending upon the user, the operator training can take anywhere from 15 minutes (Class C) to up 5 hours (Class A+B) to complete.

If the Online Training was purchased, the user can also access the online training at any time and as often as desired to obtain handout materials and certificates

Other Courses

There is no time limit and users can take as many attempts to pass the exam as they wish. Depending upon the user, the on-line exam can take anywhere from 1 to 4 hours to complete.

If the Online Training was purchased, the user can also access the online training at any time and as often as desired.

How long is the Safety Key/Certification valid?

Operator Training Course

Each state has different regulations on the term that Operator Training Certifications are valid. Please refer to each state specific summary for more information

Other Courses

API Safety Keys are valid for 1 year from the date awarded.


When can I renew my Safety Key/Certificate?

Users may renew their Safety Key/Certificate up to 1 month before and up to 1 month after it expires. To renew your Safety Key/Certificate, you will need to purchase and pass the exam (Item #3) at https://worksafe.api.org/.

Some employee's qualifications are due to expire over the next couple of months. They are trying to take the exam now, but the system won't let them. Do they have to wait until their respective Safety Key/Certificates expire or can they renew them early?

As it stands now the policy allows users to renew their Safety Key/Certificate one month prior and up to one month after expiration as long as they log in to their existing account. If for some reason you need to have your users renew before this window they can create a new account and pay the full price.

I took the test and received a new number. I could not find out how to keep my original number, which would have been better.

When Safety Key/Certificates are renewed a new number is assigned. This action is based on a committee decision intended to reduce fraudulent activity.

If I'm in the middle of the exam and my internet connection is lost, or I logged off, will I have to start the exam over?

Operator Training Course

The current API WorkSafe course consists of up to 18 modules. The modules are passed separately. Once a module is passed, the information is saved in the database and the user will not need to take that module over again. If a user is in the middle of a module and the computer disconnects from the internet, or the user logs off the website, they will have to take the incomplete module over again. Any modules already passed, will remain credited to the user.

Other Courses

The current API WorkSafe exam consists of 13 exam modules (there are 14 training modules because the first training module is an "Introduction" and there is no exam module associated with it). The 13 exam modules are passed separately. Once an exam module is passed, the information is saved in the database and the user will not need to take that exam module over again. If a user is in the middle of an exam module and the computer disconnects from the internet, or the user logs off the website, they will have to take the incomplete exam module over again. Any exam modules already passed, will remain credited to the user.


How do I reprint my Safety Key/Certificate?

API WorkSafe allows you to reprint your Safety Key/Certificate as many times as you wish. To do so, please log into the system, at which point you should see the following screen; circled in red is the place to click.

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Forgot Username or Password

When a user registers with the system and creates an account, they must provide a valid e-mail address, a username and password (the last two items may be changed at any time). When a user account is created, API WorkSafe will automatically send a confirmation e-mail (including the username and password) to the e-mail address that the user entered in their account. Please keep this information secure and accessible, in case you forget your username or password.

User passwords are encrypted and can not be decrypted. However, there is a button on the login form (https://www.apiworksafe.org) called "Recover Password", which can be used to reset your password. When the button is clicked, the system will ask a series of questions which will ultimately allow the user to change their password. Users must at a minimum know the company name they provided at the time of registration.

The user must first answer whether or not they have a Safety Key/Certificate. If not, the system will ask for the user's first name, last name and company name:

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The system will next ask you to provide the answer to your secret question:

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Once that question has been answered correctly, the system will allow you to reset your password:

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How do I change my password?

To change your password, log into the API WorkSafe website and click the "My Account" link, then click "Change my password" (see screenshot below).

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How to update User Information?

After logging in, click the "My Account" link, then click "Change my details" (see screenshot below).

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How do I change the Language Setting?

The language setting can be changed by logging in and clicking the "My Account" link, then click "Change my details" (see screenshot below).

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Recommended Practice Document

The Recommended Practice Document, the sole source of the necessary information for this program (RP 1646) is presented as an Acrobat PDF file which can be printed and saved to the user's computer. The current version of RP1646 is the First Edition dated August 2006.

Q: What if I forgot to save the file; or can't find it on my computer?
A: Contact API at: WorkSafeHelpdesk@api.org or 202-682-8469.


Correct Answers to Missed Question

Operator Training Course

Since API WorkSafe is an Operator Training system, correct answers to missed questions will only be displayed if a user passes the exam module (for example, if the user answers 9 out of 10 questions, the answer to the missed question will be displayed). If the user does not pass the module, the whole module will be presented again, possibly with different questions, until such time that the user passes the said module.

Other Courses

Since API WorkSafe is a safety awareness system, correct answers to missed questions will only be displayed if a user passes the exam module (for example, if the user answers 9 out of 10 questions, the answer to the missed question will be displayed). If the user does not pass the module, the whole module will be presented again, possibly with different questions, until such time that the user passes the said module.


Suggestion or Question about the safety information presented in the online training, exam or RP 1646.

For questions involving the material content or subject matter, please contact API at WorkSafeHelpdesk@api.org or 202-682-8469:


Company Administrator Accounts

Each company in the WorkSafe system must assign at least one individual as the company administrator to manage their user's accounts. Company administrators have the ability to make a bulk purchase for the company by acquiring a token; and at that time they will be given a token ID. The employees may then use the Token ID rather than pay for their purchases individually with a credit card, thus sparing the company the hassle of having to reimburse employees individually. In order to become a company administrator, it is not necessary for this person to take the test or obtain a Safety Key/Certificate. The designated company administrator simply needs to create an account and request company admin status. If an API WorkSafe user would like to be the "Company Administrator" for their company, please click here for more information.


Companies with Multiple Locations

Our company has multiple offices. Can we have multiple administrators? Yes, you can have multiple locations, administered by different individuals. Keep in mind though, that when company tokens are used only the people who are registered with the company that the token was purchased for will be able to use the funds from that token. For instance if you have a company named ABC with several locations, you may want to set up the company names as follows: ABC-Houston, ABC-Washington. But, users listed under ABC-Washington will not be able to use the token assigned to ABC-Houston.


Online Directory

When qualified individuals with a valid Safety Key/Certificate are not listed in the directory it is because they opted out of being listed in the directory at the time they registered in the WorkSafe system. To be included in the directory please follow the steps below:
1. Login with your user details
2. Go to "My Account"
3. Click the "Change my Details" option


Some employee's qualifications are due to expire over the next couple of months. They are trying to take the exam now, but the system won't let them. Do they have to wait until their respective Safety Key/Certificates expire or can they renew them early?

As it stands now the policy allows users to renew their Safety Key/Certificate one month prior and up to one month after expiration as long as they log in to their existing account. If for some reason you need to have your users renew before this window they can create a new account and pay the full price


I took the test and received a new number. I could not find out how to keep my original number, which would have been better

When Safety Key/Certificates are renewed a new number is assigned. This action is based on a committee decision intended to reduce fraudulent activity