Prime Company-Sponsored CDL Training Program

Get Your Free CDL Training At Prime CDL School

Getting Started With Prime CDL Training

Based out of Springfield, MO., Prime, Inc began in 1970 with a single dump truck and grew into one of the largest trucking companies in North America with over 4,000 trucks and 6,000 trailers.

By far, the largest division at Prime is the temperature controlled fleet. But Prime has a flatbed division and a food grade tanker division as well. The company operates in all 48 continental states as well as Canada. In addition, Prime operates their own CDL training program to help keep up with company growth and recruitment.

Prime Company Terminal Locations

Prime Inc terminal and drop lot locations
Prime terminal and drop lot locations:
  • Springfield, MO (Headquarters)
  • Salt Lake City, UT (Full service terminal)
  • Denver, CO (Drop yard with driver ammentities)
  • Pittston, PA (Full service terminal)
  • Altus, OK (Repair shop and driver services)

Prime CDL School Minimum Hiring Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years old with a valid license from your state of permanent residence including a tanker endorsement.
  • Be able to obtain United States Passport, TWIC Card, and Hazmat Endorsement.
  • Have a verifiable work history and references.
  • Previous employers and references will be checked and must be verifiable.
  • No reckless convictions in the last three years.
  • No license suspension for points in the last three years.
  • No more than two moving violations during the last year.
  • No more than four moving violations in the last three years.
  • No failed or refused drug or alcohol test in the last three years (this includes DWI’s, DUI’s and BAC’s). Multiple safety-related offenses will be considered according to an individualized assessment methodology.
  • Must present one or more of the following: US Passport, State Certified Copy of Birth Certificate, or INS paperwork that shows US Citizenship or that permanent residence has been established and is current
  • If any failed or refused drug or alcohol related test, must provide proof of completed Substance Abuse Counseling to consider.
  • An affirmative answer to the questions regarding criminal record will not automatically result in the denial of employment. An applicant’s criminal record will be evaluated based on the job for which the applicant has applied.

Prime Company Driver Requirements (For Experienced Drivers)

  • At least 21 years old
  • Previous employers and references will be checked and must be verifiable.
  • A stable work history and good references (for experienced drivers no more than 3 employers in last year).
  • No Abandoned Trucks at previous employers.
  • Successfully complete the starting classes for Contractors or Orientation for employees.
  • A valid CDL. Your CDL must be from the state that you declare to be your point of permanent domicile. To join the student program must have valid driver's license and meet the Homeland Security / Transportation Administration requirements.
  • Must provide no less than 10 years of driving work history, non-driving work history for the past five years (you will need this at orientation to complete paperwork).

Prime Hiring Zones And CDL School Locations

Prime school locations and hiring zones
Where do you hire from and what are your no-hire zones?

Prime hires drivers from all 48 continental United States, but occasionally has a hiring freeze in Florida.

Where are your schools located?
  • Springfield, MO (main training center)
  • Salt Lake City, UT

What Advantages Does Working For Prime Have?

  • Top industry pay
  • Incentives, rewards, and bonuses offered
  • Free tuition with a 1yr contract
  • Guaranteed job upon CDL school completion
  • Passenger and pet policy
  • Transportation, lodging, and meals provided
  • 1 CDL instructor per 1 student
  • No payroll deduction for CDL school tuition
  • Stable recession proof freight
  • New and well maintained equipment
  • APU's and power inverters installed on all trucks
  • Major medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as 401-k Success Sharing Plan

TruckingTruth's View On Prime's Program So Far

The hiring requirements at Prime, Inc seem to be on par with the industry average. As usual, a solid employment history is very important as well as having no recent felonies. Any older felony convictions will be taken on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants will also need to have a good driving record and pass a DOT mandated physical exam, so it's best to have any issues, especially high blood pressure, taken care of before heading to Prime's orientation.

Preparing For Prime's CDL Training

Do I need to get my CDL permit before attending school?

If you are starting the program in Salt Lake City, UT, you will need to have your permit from your home state, already. If you start in Springfield, MO, you will get your permit after you get there.

Do I need a US Passport?

All Prime Drivers must be qualified to get a U.S. Passport, and they will apply for a Passport after passing the CDL Exam, if they do not already have one.

Which CDL endorsements are required or encouraged?

A HazMat endorsement is required for all company drivers. Prime also runs a tanker division.

Items To Bring To Prime's CDL Training

  • Social Security Card. Must be an original, signed and non-laminated.
  • Cancelled or voided check (if interested in direct deposit)
  • Original birth Certificate
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Work gloves
  • 7 days worth of clothing
  • Bedding
  • Alarm clock and flashlight
  • Any required eye wear
  • Towels / wash clothes
  • Closed toe shoes or work boots
  • Personal Hygiene products
Prime Review
Page 2 of 5

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More