Prime Company-Sponsored CDL Training Program

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Preparing For Prime's Training

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.

Cost Structure Of Prime's CDL Training Program

What is the cost structure of the schooling?

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.

What are all of the up-front costs?

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.

Will my meals be paid for?

During Prime’s orientation, you will be provided 3 hot meals per day.

Will my room be paid for?

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.

Cost Structure Of Prime CDL Training

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Can I pay for my CDL training up front and have no further obligation?

Prime requires all PSD Program entrants to sign a one-year contract. There is no option to pay for the training upfront.

What are the obligations for paying back the schooling after graduation?

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.

You can read more details regarding Prime's career path.

TruckingTruth's View On Prime's Cost Structure

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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.

Prime's CDL Training Itinerary

Quick overview of Prime's training schedule
  • Train on site 4 days - Obtain permit in orientation if starting in Springfield, MO. Obtain permit before orientation in your home state if starting in Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Drive on the road 3-4 weeks with a CDL instructor.
  • Return, pass Skills Test - Obtain Class A CDL.
  • Team with a trainer for 30,000 miles (approximately 2 months) with guaranteed weekly pay of $700 per week as long as you are available to drive.
  • Total Cost of Prime’s training fees is $4,375 but is forgiven as long as you stay with Prime for one year.

Prime Free CDL Training - Detailed Itinerary

Week 1
  • Attend a 4-day orientation at Prime’s Orientation Facility in Springfield, MO or Salt Lake City, UT and pay $100 administrative fee.
  • Prime provides bus transportation to orientation as well as 3 meals per day and hotel accommodations during orientation.
  • Experience hands-on, computer based, & simulator training.
  • Springfield, MO Orientation: Obtain the Class A Learner’s Permit and pay $55 to the state of MO DMV.
  • Salt Lake City, UT Orientation: Obtain the Class A Learner’s Permit in your home state PRIOR to attending orientation.
Weeks 2+
  • Train with a CDL Instructor for 3 to 4 weeks and experience a one-to- one student to instructor ratio.
  • Receive a $200 per week loan to spend on food and living costs during this phase of training.
  • Run real loads across the country with your instructor to develop the skills needed to pass the CDL Exam.
  • Return to Springfield, MO to take the final state CDL Exam which includes vehicle inspection, backing skills, and road test.
  • Pass the CDL Exam, obtain your Class A CDL, and get hired on as a company driver for Prime.
  • Earn a $250 bonus if you pass the CDL Exam on your first try.
  • Obtain 30,000 additional team miles with a Prime Trainer.
  • Earn guaranteed pay of $700 per week as long as you are available to drive.
  • Return to Springfield, MO to upgrade to become an “A Seat” solo or team driver.

Prime Free CDL Training - Detailed Itinerary

Explain the grace period Prime gives their students

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.

Prime Free CDL Training - Detailed Itinerary

What happens next?

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.

How long is the training overall?

The training program takes approximately 3 to 4 months in total from orientation to completion of training.

How much time on the range backing up?

This is entirely up to you and your personal CDL instructor. Each student and CDL instructor creates a custom fit program.

Prime Free CDL Training - Detailed Itinerary

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During the practice range phase, how many students share one truck?

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.

How much time in classroom?

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.

TruckingTruth's View On Prime's CDL Training Itinerary

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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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