Are There Any Good Trainers Out There??

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There have been so many stories posted here and elsewhere about nightmare trainers and horrific training experiences that I wanted to pop in and tell my experience. I'm currently wrapping up my TnT training through Prime, which consists of 30,000 miles driven before I can go solo. I wanted to tell everyone that the are indeed great trainers out there. I have been blessed and so very grateful to have one. He has over 4 years experience driving and is only 25 years old. But this gentleman is knowledgeable and mature way beyond his years! In the first 5 days he taught me more valuable information about driving and the trucking industry than I received from my 3-4 weeks with my PSD trainer. We even have discussed going team after my training. However, because my wife will be joining me, that possibility isn't there at the moment. We have gotten along beautifully with absolutely no negativity or arguing. So, when those of you who are new or are looking to get into this world and are stressed about the training segment, know that there is a possibility that you will be lucky like I am and get a really great person to train you! Just wanted to throw a little positivity out there on what can be a very negative subject. Y'all be safe out there, God Speed and God bless!!

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.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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Thanks Robby. I completely agree with you. There are indeed good trainers out there. I was blessed to have one for both PSD & TNT here.

I suppose there can always be room for improvement, but with so much time spent with one person, compatibility is key.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Great post Robbie! I too was fortunate to have a really excellent Mentor (Swift-speak for trainer).

Many times we hear about the bad ones because students are seeking advice and looking for help.

Glad it went well for you,...sets the tone for going solo.

Good luck, safe travels and always,...watch your wagon.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Think about this...sometimes bad trainers cause a student to eventually become a great trainer.

I had a varied training experience. One good trainer who quit, one mediocre trainer with "issues" and a complete disgusting crazy man.

I have since been asked to train which I accepted at first, but reconsidered. I know when and if I do eventually go into training my past experience will make me a better trainer than some.

Don't laugh, but I actually drew up a curriculum and 'things no one told me" packet as well as a listing of the largest truck stops in the country where newbies are sure to find parking even at 3am. I'm still working on it...

But who knows. Maybe the sucky trainer I had will give me great perspective on training later.

Kori M.'s Comment
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Don't laugh, but I actually drew up a curriculum and 'things no one told me" packet as well as a listing of the largest truck stops in the country where newbies are sure to find parking even at 3am. I'm still working on it...

That would be great if you did that rainy! I for one would love to have something like that. How wonderful of you.

Tim H.'s Comment
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Rainy I like the sound of that curriculum (things no one told me) and list of truck stops idea. Hopefully you could share it here.

Lynn H.'s Comment
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Thank you very, very much. What a wonderful thread! I'm easy going and flexible for the most part but have been dreading the training part. I decided to go for Prime even though the training is sooo looonnng. My sister said, "Well, you've been through worse," but somehow that doesn't make me feel better. Positive stories are great.

The Transporter's Comment
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I hope my trainer at Prime S.L.C. is legit. I've dealt with my share of knuckleheads at the USPS for 20 years so I should be ok with just about anybody who wants to help me succeed. A.I.O. (Adapt Improvise and Overcome) 12 more days... please dont get sick. Please dont get sick. Please dont get sick.

Joshua J.'s Comment
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I hope my trainer at Prime S.L.C. is legit. I've dealt with my share of knuckleheads at the USPS for 20 years so I should be ok with just about anybody who wants to help me succeed. A.I.O. (Adapt Improvise and Overcome) 12 more days... please dont get sick. Please dont get sick. Please dont get sick.

calm, deep breaths brother, don't want the blood pressure to spike =p

Turtle's Comment
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This is also a 2-way street. You have to be a good student as well. You need to accept the fact that you are in this person's wheelhouse. You need to be respectful, humble, and willing to learn.

You two may have differences, but you need to keep your emotions in check and your eye on the prize. Training is only a short-term hurdle.

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