Prime Training - How Long Will I Go Without Pay?

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Errol V.'s Comment
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918Girl asks:

Just a question since Prime is on my short list. I have a time frame in mind of when I would like to start Company-Sponsered CDL Training. How much time should I allow when submitting my applications?

Three years ago I applied to Swift and two weeks later I started CDL training. You might get in faster than that. On the other side, you can look for starting four weeks away. The recruiter will make sure all the boxes are checked - that all your documents are in, and they can work with you on the timing.

Also, some training classes might be booked up for the next month or two. Its best to to be talking with your recruiters sooner rather than later.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

918Girl's Comment
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Thanks so much Errol V. I appreciate your help!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Prime has classes starting every Monday in both Springfield MO and SLC Utah. I applied over a weekend, got my email from them on Monday...returned all their info by Wed and was on a bus THAT Sat. So seriously it was a week. However, they will ask you when you need to come...give notice to your employer etc.

As for the written test...you get to take the four sections twice a day from Tues -Fri. If you don't pass after that, you get sent home. If you follow the High Road you WILL pass.

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.

918Girl's Comment
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I applied over a weekend, got my email from them on Monday...returned all their info by Wed and was on a bus THAT Sat. So seriously it was a week.

WOW Rainy!! That's incredible! I was hoping you would chime in. Thanks!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hahah ;)

I'm organized and had all docs readily available. Also I have no issues with my past or DMV record. Same job for almost two decades. So as far as they were concerned I was a gem.

Good luck ;)

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Kenny M.'s Comment
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Rainy D.

Do you think if someone had and unstable employment history, Prime might not hire them? It's been a very bad year for me this past year.

Kenny

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