I Was Approved For Prime Today. What Should I Expect?

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Jay D.'s Comment
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My recruiter called me today to tell me I was approved. I'm heading to SLC for orientation on the 16th of July. Will anyone else be there around that time?

I'm hearing conflicting things. Someone said they verify your employment before approving you and I've also read on here that they don't verify employment until you are at orientation. I just want to make sure they are able to reach my employers and that everything is good. What can I do to make sure I don't get sent home? Also I'm wondering what I should expect and what I should make sure I bring with me. I'm so nervous and excited. Does anyone have any experiences they can share with me?

Turtle's Comment
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Hi Jay, and welcome to Prime!

As long as the employment info you gave them is factual, it shouldn't matter when they verify it.

It's been awhile so I can't remember the exact timeline, but I know I had to fax them my 1099s from the previous 3 years prior to going to orientation. Additionally, Prime contacted clients I contracted for to verify my story. This was also done before I left for Springfield. They'll pretty much want to verify what they can before purchasing your bus ticket. Keep in mind they may not do much until just a day or two before you're scheduled to go, as many people back out at the last minute. The rest (medical, UA, etc.) has to wait until you get there. As long as you don't have any hidden skeletons in your closet you won't have any concerns.

Stay in contact with your recruiter. If they need anything, they'll tell you. You'll need an accurate list of any medications you may be taking, including over the counter stuff.

I know this is a huge step, but don't let it make you too nervous. It's not as bad as it seems. Again, stay in close contact with your recruiter with any questions. Good luck and don't be afraid to ask us here too. We'll try to help.

There are many stories of trials and tribulations of Primates in the diary section. Mine can be found here.

Yup may have to scroll a few pages, but there are many others as well.

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.
Splitter's Comment
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https://www.truckingtruth.com/paid-cdl-training/prime-inc/

Don’t know if you’ve read that yet. It’ll give you an idea of what to expect & what to bring. Try to keep it simple as you’ll be sleeping in the top bunk & space is limited. Sleeping bag for cold nights & bed sheets for those hot days.

I believe that for SLC you’ll need to have your CLP prior to arriving there. There’s a great resource here called High Road Training Program. If you haven’t started it, get to it ASAP.

Read as many of the diaries as possible. Itll give you the best picture of what to expect & the mindset necessary to succeed. I too had to send in my 1099’s for three years but those are for self employed folks. Maybe 3 years of tax returns would be ok for you, just in case.

Be completely honest with what’s asked of you in all your documents but don’t volunteer anything more. In other words, keep simple but honest. They are very thorough!

Practice your pretrip!! There’s a one hour video on YouTube by acme driving school that will show you the components & their locations. Also there’s a great pretrip PDF by Daniel B. in the training section here that has pictures also. The verbiage maybe different at SLC but it will give you a head start on everyone else.

Good luck. Nerves are ok. Just don’t let them overwhelm you. Ask anything, we’ll try to help as best we can.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Jay D.'s Comment
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Thank you guys for the great advice. My recruiter said I shouldn't need any tax information as long as they can reach my employers. I have had a lot of crappy short term jobs and and i never filed for taxes. I'm probably owed a little money but I didn't want to deal with it. I don't have all of my w2s so hopefully it's not an issue. That's the only issue I can see myself running into. I also have been a student for the past 5 years and I've sent in my transcripts so if there is any issue verifying employment, hopefully my schooling fills in any gaps.

Bran009's Comment
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Just remember don't hide any kind of felonies in the time they ask for, don't do illegal drugs, and that this is all one big interview. I'm about to test out if PSD this coming week and I've loved everything so far. I have a diary on here as well as one of be fellow classmates. Take a look and study for the permit test.

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.
Splitter's Comment
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Just as a precaution, I’d consult a tax pro & determine whether or not you the irs any back taxes. Regardless of any conditions, except retired & making less than 10K per year, you have to file. I’m not saying this for Prime’s sake, it’s about covering your backside. Good luck!!

Splitter's Comment
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...you OWE the irs...

Another thing is that, if you do, then you have to pay that back plus interest & penalties. Look at it this way, if it’s the other way around & they owe you money? Then that’s a good nest egg to have while you’re in training.

Jay D.'s Comment
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Thank you all for your input. I will make sure I file my taxes this coming April. I honestly haven't made much so i wasn't too worried about it. I've read that the IRS owes millions of people money who were too lazy (like me) to file. I'm not self employed so I'm probably due a little bit of a return but filing season is over. Anyway, this post is more about employment verification than anything.

Big Scott's Comment
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You can file past year's any time.

Jay D.'s Comment
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You can file past year's any time.

Oh! That's awesome. Thank you for letting me know. I have had to figure out a lot on my own in this life. I was living alone at 18 and didn't have much help before that. Thank you guys for all of your input.

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