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Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)

Underground Storage Tank (UST) Inspector Training

EPA revised our online UST inspector training.  It now includes requirements and information from the 2015 federal UST regulation.  This replaces EPA’s previous inspector training, known as the UST-LUST Virtual Classroom. 

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About the Training

EPA’s UST inspector training contains two modules:

  • Module 1:  Introduction to the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program
    • Explains the 2015 UST regulation;
    • Identifies the differences between the UST and leaking UST programs;
    • Discusses financial responsibility; and
    • Orients new users to the components of an UST system. 
  • Module 2:  Basic UST Inspector Training
    • Describes how inspectors can prepare for and conduct compliance inspections at typical UST facilities;
    • Covers office preparation for field inspections, on site equipment inspections, and on site records review.

The training also includes an exam comprised of 20 questions taken from Module 2.  To pass the exam, you must answer 90 percent of questions correctly. 

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Users of this Training

EPA developed the training primarily for EPA regional UST inspectors, as well as Indian country and state UST inspectors who currently have or are seeking EPA inspector credentials.  UST inspectors must take this course to meet the UST program-specific training requirements for UST credentialed compliance inspector or field investigator under EPA Order 3500.1.  In addition, others such as Indian country compliance officers and stakeholders in the UST industry, may find the training useful. 

The UST inspector training is available through EPA’s National Enforcement Training Institutes (NETI) eLearning Center Training Catalog. 

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How Government Employees Access the Training

  • EPA employees – access Adobe Connect Exit, insert your EPA email address and Adobe Connect password to access NETI's eLearning Center.
  • Other federal, state, local, and tribal government employees officially selected to seek EPA inspector credentials – Register for a NETI eLearning Center account Exit, which allows you access to the eLearning Center.
  • Instructions for government employees to access UST inspector training via EPA’s NETI eLearning Center
    • Access EPA's NETI eLearning Center Exit via Adobe Connect
    • Click on the tab “Training Catalog”; in the left box, open the folder “Training Catalog”
    • Open the folder “1. Inspector Training”
    • Open the folder “3. Program-Specific Training”
    • Scroll down and open the folder “UST Program Specific Training”
    • In the middle box, click on the line “Underground Storage Tanks Program Course”
    • In the right box, choose “Enroll” or “View” and begin the training

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How Other Stakeholders Access the Training

For other users, such as Indian country compliance officers and UST industry stakeholders, see EPA’s UST Inspector Training for the Public Exit and click on “Register Now”.

For additional assistance, contact Tim Smith at or 202-564-0643.