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Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Things did not go as planned at Prime this week. Due to a situation, I left before getting into the PSD program. So I am here in SC with a paper MO DL and CDL permit. On paper the situation didn't involve me, but I got a feeling that me leaving is going to keep me out of the business. While I don't regret my decision, I do hate that I'll never get to drive. It was cool seeing myself progress those couple of days.

I want to thank all y'all that gave me words of wisdom and encouragement. I also want to say that despite my results, Prime seems to be a great place to work. Anyone thinking of going there SHOULD. The sim staff is great. I suggest to those that go remember two things: work hard, and be EARLY to everything.

BTW, I know I'm being vague about the details, but the details aren't mine to share.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.
ChickieMonster's Comment
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So sorry to hear this Sam! You have such determination and would have done great in this career. Obviously I don't know details but hopefully whatever it was wont keep you down forever. Hopefully you will keep trying and will be successful!

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Annee's Comment
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So sorry to hear this Sam! You have such determination and would have done great in this career. Obviously I don't know details but hopefully whatever it was wont keep you down forever. Hopefully you will keep trying and will be successful!

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Hi Sam- I just wanted to tell you that I also did not make it through Prime. I made it to the PSD stage but couldn't take my trainer yelling at me. My confidence was shot within 1.5 weeks so I made him take me back. I ended up going a different route, going to my local college and it's working out wonderfully, I'm hoping to test out in 2-3 weeks. The trainers are professional, knowledgeable and most important to me, patient. I don't know the details of what happened to you but I would encourage you to try a different route for your CDL if possible. I'm not positive about this but I don't think you are in any database since you didn't have your CDL and never drove so learn from any mistakes and move on. There are many options out there to get your CDL. Just my 2 cents......good luck to you. Annee

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.

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.
Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Thanks guys. As far as Prime knows, I just left. I let the office, and my recruiter know. Got turned down for PAM and they said something on Hire Right was the reason for the denial. I'm going to call tomorrow night to see what's on it.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Sam bemoans:

On paper the situation didn't involve me, but I got a feeling that me leaving is going to keep me out of the business.

So a situation that does not involve you is going to change the course of your life? And you have decided, on your own, that no company will hire you.

Bizzare.

Annee's Comment
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Thanks guys. As far as Prime knows, I just left. I let the office, and my recruiter know. Got turned down for PAM and they said something on Hire Right was the reason for the denial. I'm going to call tomorrow night to see what's on it.

Request a copy of the report directly from HireRight, they are legally required to supply a copy to you if requested.

Old School's Comment
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Sam, you are being extremely vague. I realize you obviously know that, and must have some reason for it, but here is what I don't understand about what you posted:

I got a feeling that me leaving is going to keep me out of the business. While I don't regret my decision, I do hate that I'll never get to drive. It was cool seeing myself progress those couple of days.

Sam, I had three false starts to this career - I got sent home - it wasn't "my decision." You obviously made a decision to leave, but you made it while stating how cool it was to see yourself progress! If there is one driving force that helps people accomplish their goal of becoming a professional driver it is "desire." I'm not going to pry into your privacy, it is clear you don't want to share with us, but I can't figure out how what ever took place could "keep me out of the business." Just about the only thing that could keep you out of the business would be a failed drug test, and that doesn't fit with your other remarks.

Look, of course we all wish you the best, but I can't for the life of me understand your total dismissal of the possibility of enjoying a career at this. You certainly don't have to share the issue with us, but it is awfully hard to assist someone who can't even share their problem with us.

You seem a little frustrated in your inability to share what took place, and I take that as an indication that you really don't feel that you can share it for some reason. If that truly is the case then we can't try to point you in the right direction, but if it is just something that you are reluctant to share then perhaps one day you'll get past whatever stigma seems to be plaguing you and then we can help you move forward. We don't judge people here, we just try to help them get on board with a career that is rewarding for us, yet for some it is both difficult and daunting to get started.

We're more than willing to assist you if you need some advice.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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No Errol, I'm still applying everywhere I can, just the Hire Right thing has me concerned. If there is still a way, there is still a will.Guess I'm trying to prepare myself for the worst.

I agree Annee. I'm going to get a copy. Want to see what it says.

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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I understand Old School. The situation concerned my wife, that's why I feel uneasy in sharing. She got accepted by PAM, but I didn't. Maybe I'm just feeling out too much about Hire Right.

I Hustle''s Comment
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