Prime Inc. CDL Training. Springfield, Missouri

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Turtle, I am at Prime right now got held up by sleep test before i could get my med card because I had a negative test in past. I finished it all today and will get my permit tomorrow. Because of my blood pressure I started working out 4 to 6 months ago before coming lost 60 pounds before i got here and 10 to 15 more here, been working out at milinium gym twice a day. Now that i am in best shape in 30 years i am want to change my mind from reffer and go flatbed. That,s where my heart is just wanted to get in shape. I have one question, during your PSD and TT do you get a lot of training on load securment. When to use proper tools and or makeshift supports. Any information would be helpful because I know every load will be different.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Turtle's Comment
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Wow Fire hog that's great to hear about you getting shape again! You will be so happy you did, but I'm sure you already know that.

My heart was in flatbed too. I came from a very physical former career, so staying active was important to me. Once you get out on the truck you'll see that it really isn't all that difficult or strenuous.

My PSD was different than most, in that I stayed right at campus inn the whole time and occasionally practiced backing on the pad. 99.99% of my securement training came during TNT.

Once your trainer shows you how to secure something, you can apply that knowledge to many other items that need to be secured. It all follows the same basic principles. I've adapted certain techniques to suit my needs. Others I've came up with on my own. By far the most important lesson I learned from my trainer was this: When you think you have it secured good and proper, throw another strap on it just because you can.

The TNT phase may seem daunting but is actually a relatively short time frame in which to cram in whatever knowledge you can. You won't get a chance to see every type of item we haul so there will be no way possible to learn everything.

After you finish TNT, you will have to attend a 3-4 hour securement class at campus. There he will go over Prime securement techniques and give you a securement booklet to cover the basics.

The rest you will learn out on your own. If/when you come across something you're not sure how to secure, just ask another driver. Most of the time you will be among several other flatbedders at every shipper you go to, and they are always more than happy to help. In the event no one else is around, YouTube can be your friend.

Once you're in the game a few weeks, things become very repetitive. It may be a different product you're hauling today, but you'll tie it down the same exact way you tied the last few things you picked up.

You'll get it. Just never be afraid to throw that extra strap or chain.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Firehog's Comment
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Turtle, I know you busy so thanks for taking the time to share your experince. I have securd fire equipment and about every farming implement for years was just worried I would run into something and go how the heck do I keep that on my trailer. You eased my mind a little. Thanks again

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