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. If you attend school at the Salt Lake City location, you will need to have your permit first..
Use our High Road Training Program to prepare for your written CDL permit exams and you'll be all set.
The total value of the Prime Student Driver Program training fees is $4,375. As long as you drive for Prime for one year (from the date of obtaining your Class A CDL), the entire total of the training fees is forgiven. If you leave Prime before the year is up, you will owe the entire value of the program.
For the Prime Student Driver Program, all new drivers will pay a $100 administrative fee upon arrival at orientation and sign a contract during orientation to drive for Prime for one year. If you are starting the program in Springfield, MO, you will pay an additional $55 to the state of MO for your permit fees during orientation week.
During Prime’s orientation, you will be provided 3 hot meals per day.
Yes, Prime covers the cost of lodging, but you may be required to share a room with one other student. If you would like your own room, you may pay a fee of $52.16 per night.
Prime requires all PSD Program entrants to sign a one-year contract. There is no option to pay for the training upfront.
Drivers simply need to stay employed for 12 full months and 100% of tuition costs are paid by Prime. 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.
Since students must experience the trucking lifestyle before they know it's right for them, Prime allows a "grace period" to all students. The trainee may cancel this agreement within seven calendar days of entering the program following orientation. This enables students to "test drive" the trucking lifestyle before they are financially committed.
During this first phase of training with the permit, 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 at $25 per week. If a student chooses not to use the cash advances, no repayment will be made.
Once the CDL Instructor feels that the student are ready to come back to take the CDL Exam, they will 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. If the student passes the entire CDL Exam on the first attempt (known as a trifecta), the student earns a $250 bonus.
The training program takes approximately 3 to 4 months in total from orientation to completion of training.
This is entirely up to you and your personal CDL instructor. Each student and CDL instructor creates a custom fit program.
After completion of Prime’s orientation, Prime will pair you with a CDL Instructor as soon as possible, and they will get on the road to start training. There is a one-to- one student to trainer ratio for the Prime Student Driver Program.
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.
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