Operator Training

UST Compliance Managers and UST Operation Clerks – Operator Training

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Mississippi Underground Storage Tank Regulations (11 Miss. Admin. Code, Pt. 5, Ch. 2) effective August 25, 2011, require that every UST facility shall have a designated and trained UST Compliance Manager and that every manned UST facility shall have a designated and trained UST Operations Clerk on duty at any time petroleum fuel is dispensed.  These regulations were enacted to prevent releases and ensure effective responses occur when releases do occur to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of present and future generations of Mississippians.  All facilities must have trained UST Compliance Managers and UST Operation Clerks by August 8, 2012.

MDEQ sponsored workshop

2018 UST Compliance Workshop dates are February 1, 2018, May 17, 2018, August 2, 2018, and November 1, 2018.  The workshop will be held at the Department’s offices in Jackson, Mississippi, located at 515 East Amite Street.  The workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m.  We request participants arrive by 8:45 a.m. for registration purposes.  No pre-registration is required.

Please note:  The person attending the workshop must be in a responsible management position and must complete and pass an examination at the end of the workshop.

Options for training for UST Compliance Managers

UST Compliance Managers must successfully complete any one of the MDEQ approved training programs.  Approved training include:

MDEQ examination

The MDEQ examination is offered at the MDEQ Office at 515 E. Amite Street in Jackson, MS.  Please call (601) 961-5052 to schedule your appointment for taking the free examination.  The examination is offered at 8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.
If the examination is not successfully completed, the examinee may re-schedule the exam no less than 15 days from the date of the exam or the examinee can complete an alternate training program listed herein.

MDEQ Approved Training Courses
UST Compliance Manager Training

Kevin Henderson Consulting LLC
contact:  Kevin Henderson
(601) 825-1985 cell

contact:  Alex Ralston
toll-free number:  1-800-852-8374

contact:  Raymond Rees
(765) 281-5588

MDEQ UST Compliance Workshop

A person seeking UST Compliance Manager Certification can attend a regularly scheduled MDEQ UST Compliance Workshop.  Please note the MDEQ UST Compliance Workshops are held typically four times per year.  Call (601) 961-5052 to find out the next available workshop.
In-house training recognized by MDEQ
Reciprocity with another state as long as the owner has at least one (1) active facility in that state
Options for Training for UST Operations Clerks
UST Operations Clerks (Class C Operator) must receive training by the designated UST Compliance Manager or a MDEQ approved training course.  The training must provide instruction to properly respond to emergencies involving the operation of the UST system that pose an immediate danger or threat to the public or the environment and properly respond to alarms caused by spills, leaks, or releases from a UST system.

Trained by the designated UST Compliance Manager

UST Compliance Managers must ensure that the UST Operation Clerks can:
locate all emergency shutoffs and the emergency phone numbers list
understand how to operate all emergency shutoffs, fire extinguishers, spill kits, and tank monitor alarms and warnings
respond to an emergency and alarms

MDEQ Approved Training Courses

ECS Eclipse
588 Silver Street
Agawam, MA  01001
contact:  Karen Turnberg
toll-free number: 1-888-302-4875
or (413) 233-9382

contact:  Raymond Rees
(765) 281-5588

contact:  Alex Ralston
toll-free number: 1-800-852-8374

15 Rivers Drive
Hattiesburg, MS  39402
contact:  Jake Munn
(601) 447-4703

Tait Environmental Services, Inc.
701 North Parkcenter Drive
Santa Ana, CA  92705
contact:  Andy Tait
(972) 680-5120

Titan Management Group, LLC
1006 Flagpole Ct, Suite 104
Brentwood, TN  37027
contact:  Rob Boughton
(615) 618-0499
Titan offers an online C-training course integrated with automated tracking and reporting of that training.

contact:  Ben Thomas
(866) 301-8265

When must training be completed:
August 8, 2012 for existing underground storage tank facilities

Each facility must have at least one trained UST Compliance Manager.  The UST Compliance Manager is not required to be onsite, but the designated Manager should be the person responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility.
Each manned facility must have at least one trained UST Operations Clerk onsite whenever the UST system is operating.

After August 8, 2012 for new facilities and new UST Compliance Managers and UST Operation Clerks

Any new designated UST Compliance Manager must be trained within 30 days of assuming UST system compliance responsibilities.
Any new UST Operations Clerk must be trained before assuming UST clerk responsibilities such as operation of the dispensers.


Compliance Manager (Class A./B Operator) Registration
Clerk (Class C) Log (must be maintained at the UST facility)


MDEQ does not require retraining or continuing education for UST Compliance Managers or UST Operation Clerks unless a facility does not meet significant operational compliance requirements.*  If a facility does not meet significant operational requirements, the tank owner will be required to ensure the UST Compliance Manager is retrained within 6 months or a new UST Compliance Manager must be selected for the facility.

* NOTE:  Significant Operational Compliance has been defined by EPA to include the following:

Release detection method is present
Release detection system is operating properly (can detect a release)
Release detection method meets performance standards
MDEQ has been notified of a suspected release
8 out of 12 months of release detection records are available for the most recent 12 months
Spill prevention is present and functional
Overfill prevention device is present and operational
Repaired tanks and piping were tightness tested within 30 days of repair completion
Corrosion protection systems were tested within 6 months of repair
Corrosion protection system is properly operated and maintained
Impressed current systems are inspected every 60 days
All necessary components are equipped with corrosion protection