Contractor certification and training

Contractor removing old storage tankMinn. R. ch. 7105 requires that anyone installing, repairing, or removing regulated underground storage tanks must be certified by the MPCA. It is unlawful for an owner or operator to hire a contractor not certified by the MPCA.

Certification application

To apply or renew your 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.

Types and requirements


An MPCA-certified supervisor provides on-site supervision and direction to workers engaged in a storage tank project. Supervisor certification is effective for four years and must attend renewal training every four years. To be certified, supervisors must provide:

  • Copy of the diploma from Riverland Community College
  • List five projects (four project minimum per discipline) with an MPCA-certified supervisor
  • Listed projects must have taken place within the last four years


A certified contractor oversees all work and 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

Certification training

Riverland Community College provides contractor certification and recertification classes. 

Course descriptions

Underground Storage Tank Certification Course

This class is intended to train and certify individuals to install, remove or repair underground storage tanks and piping according to federal and state codes. It includes contractor responsibilities, OSHA Safety and Right-to-Know regulations, project management, and critical junctures. It also covers corrosion control principles, leak detection methods, site assessment procedures and spill clean-up procedures. A final written exam will be given after attending the entire course.

Underground Storage Tank Training and Renewal

For those interested in renewing their supervisor certification. Course includes: Cathodic protection; regulatory and fire code updates; tank safety removal, cleaning, transportation,and disposal; installation & maintenance; excavations; electrical safety and code updates.