Class C Operator Training

TrainingClass C operators are integral to emergencies regarding underground storage tanks. They are often the first responders to these crises as they usually work at the facility the emergency occurs at. Class C operators have the responsibility to respond to emergency alarms, monitor the dispensing of fuel, and much more.

Because Class C operators are usually the first ones on the scene of these high stakes and dangerous situations, they are required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to have specific training. This training must meet EPA-approved guidelines as well as very specific requirements before an operator can assume the duties of the job.

Class C Requirements

As mentioned, Class C operators must meet specific training requirements determined by the EPA. These requirements should be appropriately documented and recorded after completion.

These requirements include:

  • Training from a Class A or Class B operator
  • Completion of a training program
  • Passing an examination of their training

Operator Training

A Class C operator must go through specialized training that educates them on the appropriate actions to take in the event of an emergency or a spill. These actions include how to notify the proper authorities about the emergency, as well as any measures that need to be taken immediately at the scene.

The program a Class C operator goes through must also evaluate the operator at the end of the training period through a test or practical demonstration of their knowledge and skills. Other testing methods may be available via the training agency. Any test the operator goes through must include all requirements of a Class C operator’s duties.

Operator Retraining

If a Class C operator fails or is found to be out of compliance of Class C requirements before starting a job, they must undergo retraining within 30 days. The training required to recertify is the same as the training to become a Class C operator initially. If they are found to be out of compliance after starting a job, they only need to be trained on the requirements they were found not in compliance with.

A recognized authority on Class C training must offer the retraining course. Retraining is often not a requirement if the operator regularly takes refresher training or if the implementing agency waives the retraining.

Record Keeping

Class C operators should keep thorough records of their training time and certifications. These records should be kept with them at all times while on the job and should include their name, class, training, and retraining dates, as well as the date they started the job.

Any other kinds of records or certificates verifying their training should be kept in these records, as well. These additional records may include information such as the name of the training class completed, name of the trainer and/or training company, and the address and phone number of the training company, if applicable.

American Petroleum is an approved provider of Class C training. You can check our current schedule to sign up for the next available course.