About NPTI

Meet our Instructors

John Cignatta is a licensed professional engineer in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC. He carries numerous certifications that include: API-653 Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector, STI Inspector, NACE Accredited Corrosion Specialist, and NACE Accredited Cathodic Protection Specialist. Dr. Cignatta is an environmental and corrosion engineer experienced in piping and storage tank structure analysis, protective coatings, cathodic protection of buried and submerged structures, and the design, installation and protection of aboveground and underground storage tanks. John also provides expert witness testimonies in courtroom trials for insurance companies. He continues to teach a variety of the courses that are taught through NPTI.  

Andrew Cignatta is a certified inspector and installer for Underground and Aboveground fuel tanks with over 25 years of experience in the industry.  He has installed, removed, repaired, above and under ground fuel tanks in a variety of applications.  He has been an instructor for NPTI teaching the primary courses along with client specific training programs related to site specific details.  His certifications include: NACE Certified Coatings Inspector, MDE UST Inspector, MDE UST Installer/Remover, DC DOEE UST Installer/Remover, Certified line/tank tester, STI SP-001 Inspector, Veeder Root and FE Petro ATG certifications, OSHA 10 hour, 30 hour, Confined Space Certified, MD Erosion and Sediment Control Certification, along with many other industry relevant certifications.  

I found the course to be very informative and look forward to utilizing this inspection process. I found the outdoor facility to put all of the puzzle pieces together in my mind.

Learn More About Our Courses

Our Fuel Systems Training Center is located in Owings Mills, MD and includes a hands-on training center for Underground and Aboveground storage tanks. Our unique training facility includes a state-of-the-art classroom and an outdoor demonstration area. By combining traditional classroom learning with real-world practical experience our students are better prepared to meet the complex challenges this industry will face in the future.


Facility Operator (Class A,B,C)

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 signed into law on August 8, 2005 requires owners of UST facilities to designate and identify by written list individuals to serve as Class A, B and C operator (s) for each facility. This one-day course specifically addresses the requirements for proper training of Class A, B and C Operators per the guidance provided by the EPA.

UST Inspector Course

This five-day course prepares experienced tank personnel with the specific requirements and tasks necessary for compliance inspection of existing UST’s. Details of required inspection items, along with necessary tools and site work are reviewed. Although this course is organized to follow the MDE Inspection Report, this class is intended for UST inspectors all over the country.

UST Refresher Course

This one-day refresher course is oriented towards already certified tank inspectors, technicians and removers in need of continuing education hours for their renewal requirements. This course will focus on the current UST regulations, avoiding common pitfalls with new tank installation, removals and maintenance/upgrade operations at existing facilities.


This five-day course is specifically designed for contractors, engineers and/or owners responsible for the inspection of shop fabricated and smaller field erected aboveground storage tanks (AST’s) of petroleum and chemical products.The course is based on Steel Tank Institute “Standard for the Inspection of Aboveground Storage Tanks” for periodic and formal inspections.