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UST Operator Certification Requirements

NEW! Operator Training Manual
NEW! Class A/B Operator Registration Form
NEW! Monthly Inspection Checklist
NEW! May 2017 Mailing to UST Owners/Operators
NEW! Emergency Contact Sign Template
2011 UST Regulations

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

  • 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.

You may bring and use reference materials while taking the exam(s). RI DEM has produced a new 2017 Rhode Island UST Facility Operator Training Manual to assist you in preparing for and taking the exam. 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 for the exam. All documents must be in a binder or otherwise bound along the edge for admittance.

Certification Exam:

The ICC has developed three (3) certification exams for Rhode Island: Class A, Class B, and Class A/B (this exam will certify you as a Class A and a Class B operator).

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. When you register, you may choose a testing center location, 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 certified operator registration form to:

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

Upcoming 2017 Operator Training Workshops/Stakeholder Meetings

These workshops are NOT required to take the ICC exam, but may be helpful in your preparation to take the exam. RI DEM is drafting new UST regulations and informal stakeholder meetings are being held directly after the training workshops for discussion and input from the regulated community.

Friday, June 2, 2017 DEM Providence Offices, Room 300 9am-noon Not Filled
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 DEM Providence Offices, Room 300 1:30-4:30pm Not Filled
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 DEM Providence Offices, Room 300 9am-noon Not Filled

*DEM Providence Offices are located at 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908. Room 300 is located on the third floor. There is a visitor parking lot located at the corner of Promenade and Holden Streets. You may register for these workshops by e-mailing David DeCost at, or by dialing 401-222-2797 x 7144. Space is limited and workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Former Operator Training Workshop Online Video

In 2012, 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 included powerpoint presentations and hands-on instruction.


UST Operator Certification Facility Requirements

As of August 1, 2012, all federally regulated UST facilities are required to meet 1. through 4. below:

  • CERTIFIED Class A and Class B operator(s) are designated to the facility:
    Submit the Class A/B Operator Registration Form with copies of the UST Class A/Class operator certifications. Rhode Island ICC certifications are valid for 5 years, so if your Class A/Class B operator earned their certificate in 2012, they must retake the the ICC exam in 2017. The new certification results must be submitted to RI DEM with the registration form (instructions for submittal are included at the top of this form.)
  • All Class C Operators are TRAINED by your Designated Class A or Class B 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Operator Certification 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).

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