Hazmat Endorsement At Prime

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Stephanie K.'s Comment
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Hey, guess what??? I am heading to Prime!!!!! Yay!!!! I start orientation on the 27th. So excited!!! My question is:. Do I need a Hazmat Endorsement as well as a Tanker? Recruiter said only Tanker. Paperwork says both. That looks like a tough exam. Lordy, please let me know ASAP so I can add it to my studying if I have to. Thanks. Have a great day everyone.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Turtle's Comment
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No you don't need it. It's desirable, but not necessary. I don't have the endorsement, nor does Rainy.

Congratulations and welcome to Prime!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Actually i just got mine last month. however, it has to be done in your home state. that means once you go TnT and transfer your CDL back from MO to home you can do it.

Most people say do it all at the same time at other schools or companies, but at prime you take the written exam there. the Hazmat written exam is then taken at home and you need to get finger printed. then within 30 days you take the approval letter back to the DMV. Only 3% of our freight is HM and its an extra $50 per load. im told they are longer runs and usually soap or paints. but still, i didnt want my first load being HM which many people tell me it winds up being. after that, i didnt find it necessary.

i got it recently only because i briefly contemplated going to Fedex who wanted it. After approval and some consideration, i stayed at prime. im spoiled. lol

Diver Driver, Christian, and Adam have it with Prime, but not everyone does. no one is going to hunt you down and say you need it if you dont want it.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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.

Stephanie K.'s Comment
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Whew!!! Thanks. On page 3 of my paperwork it says "Note: All Prime drivers need to add hazmat and tanker endorsements to their Class A CDL. This is required for all divisions (tanker,flatbed and refridgerated) pursuant to new bulk liquid laws". Got me scared. I have enough to learn as it is. Sitting here making cut and paste flash cards from the CDL manual "test your knowledge" questions. Been working through high road a second time also. I am an over achiever by nature, and I am gonna have heart palpatations if I have to do Hazmat. Going to my Zen place now. Thanks again

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Splitter's Comment
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Don’t have mine. Not planning on getting it either. Not only do you have to learn all those categories & classes, yada, yada, you will have to follow specific routes. I have enough on my plate already, thank you very much.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Diver Driver's Comment
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It's not that hard. Id suggest getting it. It definitely won't hurt.

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