Note that a US Passport is required. If you do not have one and don't have the available funds to obtain one, Prime will assist you in getting your passport once you arrive.
If possible, study for and pass the CDL written exams before attending the Prime CDL program. Otherwise, you'll need to study while attending the 4 day orientation program. By having this portion already completed, you'll save yourself a lot of time and stress.
Use our High Road Training Program to prepare for your written CDL permit exams and you'll be all set.
There are no up front deposit fees and no payroll deductions. If a driver leaves after 6 months of employment, they will owe $1,750. Stay for one year and there will be no charge and all obligations are fulfilled.
Prime is willing to cover all up front costs and payroll deduct the costs once a student becomes a full-time driver. Up front costs are minimal but include licensing / permit fees around $100, TWIC card processing fees (about $130), and passport processing fees (about $100).
During the first week of training all meals are supplied.
Yes, Prime covers the cost of lodging, but you may be required to share a room with one other student during the first week. If you would like your own room, you may pay 50% of the normal cost of a room which comes to about $25/night (based on availability).
Yes, drivers may elect to pay $3,500 up front and receive tuition reimbursement over the course of the first 12 months of employment.
Drivers simply need to stay employed for 12 full months and 100% of tuition costs are paid by Prime. If a driver leaves after 6 months the cost is $1,750. There are never payroll deductions for tuition costs.
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The tuition for Prime's CDL training program is very straight forward. This is truly a free CDL program provided you stay employed with them for one full year. There are no down payments and no payroll deductions. The cost of the program is about on par with other CDL schools, especially since lodging and transportation is provided.
CDL schooling is handled a bit differently at Prime. During week one, students study for their CDL permits and use driving simulators while at a company training center. On the 5th day, students are paired with a certified CDL instructor to begin driving. Usually days 5 and 6 are spent on the training pad or driving around a local industrial park to learn the basics of proper shifting and maneuvering.
After the first week, students will head out on the road with an assigned CDL instructor. For the next 2 to 4 weeks, students will learn via 1 on 1 instruction in real world conditions. With the help of a CDL instructor, students drive on various road conditions in different weather conditions while actually picking up and delivering loads. Students don't only learn how to drive a truck, but they learn the lifestyle of an OTR truck driver. During this phase, students must complete 100hrs behind the wheel.
Since students must experience the trucking lifestyle before they know it's right for them, Prime allows a "grace period" to all students. Student drivers are allowed to withdrawal from the program at any point during their first 7 days on the road with an instructor. Prime will not only forgive any tuition costs, but will provide free transportation home for the student. This enables students to "test drive" the trucking lifestyle before they are financially committed.
During this first phase of training, students are given a cash advance of $200 per week. This cash advance can be used for any purpose - food expenses, paying bills at home, or anything else. The funds can be withdrawn from any ATM machine. The advance will be repaid (interest free) via payroll deduction once hired as a full time driver. If a student chooses not to use the cash advances, no repayment will be made.
Once the 100hr requirement has been met, students come back to the terminal and practice on the CDL testing pad until they are ready to pass the state CDL exams. As soon as students pass the tests and obtain their class A CDL license, they are immediately given an offer for employment and become paid employees.
CDL training lasts approximately 4 to 6 weeks and is personalized to meet the needs of individual students.
This is entirely up to you and your personal CDL instructor. Each student and CDL instructor creates a custom fit program.
During the first day of driving, there may be up to 4 students per truck. However, after the first day all students have their own truck and their own CDL instructor.
The first week is spent in an actual classroom. After the first week, students and instructors perform classroom duties from the truck. All instruction is 1 to 1 student to instructor ratio.
This is a very unique program in that CDL training is done out on the road. There are advantages and disadvantages to this. The main advantage is students will learn in a real world environment instead of a controlled training environment.
Students will also receive personalized one on one instruction. The disadvantage is students will only hear advice from one instructor instead of hearing advice from multiple instructors like other schools. Real world training can also be a bit more stressful with less opportunity to practice certain maneuvers.