Certification to Test USTs (Technician)

Note:  An individual licensed as a UST Technician is restricted from performing critical junctures of UST systems that require a licensed Installation Contractor.  Please see the Certified Contractor Regulations for more details.  An individual licensed as a UST Technician is not authorized to test cathodic protection systems unless they possess a current MDEQ Cathodic Protection Tester license.

Requirements for initial certification:
  • One eight-hour MDEQ approved technician certification course.
  • Make a score of 75 or greater on the MDEQ technician test.
  • Provide proof of financial responsibility if you are installing or altering tanks that are not owned by you or your employer.*
  • Provide a letter from your employer (unless you own your company) on company letterhead stationery stating that you are a full-time employee of the company.
  • Provide proof of six (6) months of experience under a licensed UST Installation Contractor OR licensed UST Technician.**
  • Provide copies of all applicable manufacturer certifications for equipment used to test UST systems.***

* You must provide proof of financial responsibility in the form of insurance.  Your company or employer’s company must have at least $50,000 of contractor’s general liability insurance.  You must submit to this office a Certificate of Insurance showing that your company has at least $50,000 of contractor’s general liability insurance.  The certificate must have the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) as the certificate holder and include a 30-day cancellation notice.

** You must provide proof of one year’s experience by letter of employer, W-2, or MDEQ approved equivalent.

*** For additional guidance see Applicable Manufacturer Certifications.