Minnesota rules require that anyone installing, repairing, or removing regulated underground storage tanks be certified by the MPCA. It is unlawful for an owner or operator to hire a contractor not certified by the MPCA.
To apply or renew your contractor certification, fill out the application, notarize it, and send the applicable documents along with a $50 application fee to the MPCA. See the application form for details.
An MPCA-certified supervisor provides on-site supervision and direction for a storage tank project. Supervisor certification is effective for four years after which the individual must attend renewal training every four years. To be certified, supervisors must provide:
- Copy of diploma from Riverland Community College
- List of five projects (four project minimum per discipline) within the past four years with an MPCA-certified supervisor
A certified contractor oversees all work and works in accordance with applicable codes. An MPCA-certified contractor can install, repair, or remove underground storage tanks. Contractor certification is effective for two years. To be certified, contractors must provide:
- Proof of liability insurance coverage, bonding, or liquid company assets
- Project history for three most recent UST jobs
- List of employees that are MPCA-certified to perform/supervise UST projects
- If applicable, a list of companies that will be subcontracted
Riverland Community College provides contractor certification and recertification classes.
Learn to install, remove or repair underground storage tanks and piping according to federal and state codes. The course covers contractor responsibilities, OSHA safety, and Right-to-Know regulations; project management; and critical junctures. It also covers corrosion control principles, leak detection methods, and site assessment and spill cleanup procedures. Participants take a final written exam.
Course to renew supervisor certification, which covers cathodic protection; regulatory and fire code updates; tank safety, removal, cleaning, transportation, and disposal; installation and maintenance; excavations; and electrical safety and code updates.