Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What kind of jobs require a MDEQ certified contractor?

A.  Any repair or replacement that involves disconnecting any UST system component requires a contractor with MDEQ Installer Certification, such as:

  • installing or removing automatic line leak detectors (ALLDs)
  • installing or removing spill and overfill prevention devices, including drop-tubes
  • anchoring shear valves
  • lining a tank
  • installing, removing, and/or repairing submersible pumps
Q.  What kind of jobs DON’T require a MDEQ certified contractor?

A.

  • checking/gauging monitoring/leak detection wells for free product and/or vapors
  • testing spill buckets
  • testing automatic line leak detectors (ALLDs), unless removal or installation of the ALLD is required
  • evaluating shear valve anchoring, unless anchoring of the valve(s) is required
  • performing a precision tank tightness test (PTTT), unless removal of a drop-tube overfill prevention device is required
  • performing a precision line tightness test (PLTT), unless removal of an ALLD is required
  • installing, altering, and/or testing automatic tank gauging (ATG) systems
  • installing impressed current (IC) cathodic protection (CP) systems, unless thermal-weld type equipment is used.  Please note that the CP system must be designed by a corrosion expert.
Q.  Is there a charge to take the certification test(s)?

A.  No.

Q.  Is there a charge for licensure?

A.  No.

Q.  How long does a certification license last?

A.  Two years.

Q.  What must I do to renew my license?

A.  During your two-year certification period, you must complete the following MDEQ-approved courses:

  • for certification to remove USTs:  one 8-hour closure course
  • for certification to install, alter, and remove USTs:  one 8-hour installation course and one 8-hour closure course

Before your certification expires, you must submit a certification renewal form to this office along with a copy of applicable course completion certificates and proof of financial responsibility where applicable.

Q.  Does Mississippi have UST certification reciprocity with any other states?

A.  No.

Q.  Where do I go to take the certification test(s)?

A.  At the MDEQ office located at 515 East Amite Street Jackson, MS 39201.

Q.  If I have a question about certification to work on USTs in Mississippi, whom should I contact?

A.  Contact Marie Wall.