Prime Inc Upfront Cost

Topic 12160 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
Ben Eggers (Kreaper)'s Comment
member avatar

Are there any? I just re-went through the Company sponsored training reviews and looked at the feature charts and it said Prime had no Upfront costs, if this is not the case I would like to know how much I need to save at a minimum. (I realize $500-$1000 is a good Idea but I'm talking bare minimum, enough to get the admin costs and CDL paid and have some money for a loaf of bread and peanut butter and a bottle of water you can refill a couple times a day.)

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.

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Scott O.'s Comment
member avatar

I made it through with less then 200 and no upfront costs.... But I took food and snacks with me....not a lot but like 5 cans of soup noodles crackers pb&j and little Debbie cakes...

Matt W.'s Comment
member avatar

Hey Ben, I know this one. It's $155, 100 for program entry fee and 55 for permit and licensing fees. That is what I was told by my recruiter. Also some extra living cash won't hurt.

Ben Eggers (Kreaper)'s Comment
member avatar

No way am I lease operating, Brand New trucker goes Lease straight out of school, doesn't seem like the best plan for a 24 year old with no business experience.

Bringing food sounds pretty solid I never considered that, mainly because I figured it would be frowned upon.

Thanks I have $120 saved (Barely) and wanted to know where a good amount would be to tell my current jobs goodbye, looks like I'll be saving some more.

Miss Red's Comment
member avatar

Here's a clip directly from the email the recruiter sent me:

At orientation you will need:

· $155 Total Out of Pocket Expense

· ($100 non-refundable Enrollment Fee)

· ($55 For Permit Cost )

· A state issued Birth Certificate or Passport

Thought you may be interested in this bit:

Class A CDL Training Program

· We pay for your Greyhound bus ticket to Springfield, MO.

· 4 days of Orientation Monday thru Friday (Paid Hotel and 3 meals per day during Orientation)

· Over the road instruction with a Prime Instructor for 10,000 miles (approximately 3-4 weeks) and Prime advances $200 weekly

· Over the road training with a Prime Trainer for 30,000 miles and $700 (or 14cpm whichever is greater). $25 is deducted weekly for advances if used.

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.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

James R.'s Comment
member avatar

No way am I lease operating, Brand New trucker goes Lease straight out of school, doesn't seem like the best plan for a 24 year old with no business experience.

I like your cautious approach.

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More