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UST Operator Certification Requirements

Class A and Class B UST Operator Certification Requirements

As of August 1, 2012, all UST facilities are required to have the following, as per the requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Rule 8.22 of the Rhode Island DEM Rules and Regulations for Underground Storage Facilities Used for Petroleum Products and Hazardous Materials.

If your facility currently does not meet the requirements of Rule 8.22 as listed below, you are OUT OF COMPLIANCE and may face penalties:

1. CERTIFIED Class A and Class B operator(s)

Every facility must have CERTIFIED Class A and B operators. All Class A and Class B operators must pass an open-book exam developed by the International Code Council (ICC) to be considered CERTIFIED.

  • Class A operators are individuals who have primary statutory and regulatory responsibility for their facility. They maintain proper recordkeeping, ensure registration fees are paid, and ensure proper operation/maintenance of the UST system.
  • Class B operators are responsible for the daily on-site operation and maintenance of a facility. They have a practical understanding of UST components, understand best management practices for UST facilities, and are trained in emergency response.

All NEW Class A and B operators must be certified within 30 days of assuming responsibility for a UST facility.

Upcoming Operator Training Workshops

RI DEM obtained grant funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency to provide Rhode Island UST facility operators with training workshops as a preparation tool for the ICC exams.

BETA Group, Inc. and Eclipse Services, Inc. were contracted by RI DEM to develop the training curriculum with a focus on UST facility best management practices, proper emergency response, and applicable federal and state regulations. Each workshop includes powerpoint presentations and hands-on instruction. Practice questions similar to those encountered on the ICC examination are asked at the end of each training topic.

Date Location Time Status

NEW: Rhode Island UST Operator Training ONLINE WORKSHOP VIDEO

In addition to the in-class workshops, BETA Group, Inc. and Eclipse Services, Inc. have also developed an online version of the training curriculum.

You should have the 2011 RI DEM UST Regulations and the Operator Training Manual printed and available for use as you watch the online workshop.

2. TRAINED Class C operators

Class C operators are those who are present at the facility during all operating hours and are the first line of response in emergency situations. There is no certification exam for Class C operators, but they must be trained in emergency response procedures by a certified Class A or B operator. A list of Class C operators and their respective training dates must be maintained at the facility. You may use this training log as an example. Class C operators must be trained every two (2) years.

3. Monthly Inspection Records

The Class A or B operator must conduct on-site inspections at least once a month and complete the inspection form. These records must be kept at your facility for a period of three years.

4. Requests for Unmanned Facilities and Signage

You must receive written approval from RI DEM to operate a facility without a Class C operator present. You may complete this request form to request permission for the operation of an unmanned facility and submit to:

Kevin Gillen
RI DEM- Office of Waste Management
235 Promenade Street
Providence RI, 02908

If your facility does not normally have employees on-site, you must have signs posted with both the name and telephone number of the owner or operator and local emergency responder information. Signs must be posted where a person fueling from or filling the USTs can read it.

Certification Exam Information:

The ICC has developed three (3) certification exams for Rhode Island: Class A, Class B, and Class A/B (if you are responsible for both the Class A AND B responsibilities for your UST facility). RI DEM will also accept other New England State-approved exams administered by ICC as a form of certification.

You may register for these exams on the OR by calling 1-800-275-8301.

When registering, be prepared with the appropriate exam code:

  • Class A Operator exam code: RA
  • Class B Operator exam code: RB
  • Class A/B Operator exam code: RD

The exams are computer-based and you must go to an approved testing center in order to take them. The Rhode Island testing center is located in East Providence (36 Hemingway Drive) and is open Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday. When you register, you may choose a day and time that is suitable for your schedule.

Upon passing, Class A and Class B operators must also register with the RI DEM as certified operators for their facility. You must submit a copy of your ICC certificate and the RI DEM registration form)to:

Jillian Thompson
RI DEM- Office of Waste Management
235 Promenade Street
Providence RI, 02908

Reciprocity: Your Rhode Island ICC UST Operator certification is valid for five (5) years from the date of passing the exam(s).

Another New England state ICC UST Operator certification is accepted by RI DEM and is valid for five (5) years from the date of passing the exam(s).

Any other state UST operator certification is accepted by RI DEM and is valid for one (1) year from the date of passing the exam(s)

Resources: You may use references materials while taking the exam(s). RI DEM has developed the Rhode Island UST Facility Operator Training Manual to assist you in preparing for and taking the exam. Refer to the links on the left hand side of this page to download this document and other materials that will aid you in preparation for the operator certification exam(s). At minimum, you should bring a copy of the Operator Training Manual and the Rhode Island DEM Rules and Regulations for Underground Storage Facilities Used for Petroleum Products and Hazardous Materials to the testing center. All documents must be in a binder or otherwise bound for admittance.

Any other questions pertaining to UST operator certification may be directed to Jillian Thompson at 401-222-2797 x7031 or