Recruiter Says Not Enough Trainers.

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Mike D.'s Comment
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My Prime recruiter says that they have a shortage of trainers due to the huge influx of applicants coming for orientation. So I guess the mega carriers are full out in training mode. If they do lower the interstate driving age, that will really back it up. I am scheduled for Nov. 12. Nothing sooner.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Susan D. 's Comment
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That's less than a month away. Use that time to study and prepare for your new adventure.

Prime appears to be an excellent company. Most megas are always in full training mode.

Mike D.'s Comment
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Oh yea, it's all good. I will be burning my paid time off from my current job before that ride on the "dirty' dog. Lol.

Old School's Comment
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Most megas are always in full training mode.

This is true. When I was at Western Express it was not unusual to see 150 new drivers coming in each week. The problem with this business is that very few of the new drivers last even three months. So, with all those new drivers coming in each week, there was just about an equal number throwing in the towel each week.

I am scheduled for Nov. 12. Nothing sooner.

Waiting can be challenging. I understand because it took me quite a while to land my first truck driving job. You've got time to prepare for this. Work the High Road CDL Training Program for all it's worth. It will be time well spent. Get yourself mentally conditioned for the extreme changes and challenges that lie ahead. It's not unusual for there to be a shortage of trainers. God bless those folks who dare to do it. I've been asked on multiple occasions to become a trainer, but for the life of me can't bring myself to do 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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mike D.'s Comment
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Right on Old School. This web sight has been a true find indeed.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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This is cause they took away some training privileges from.some bad apples. its a good thing. others who are experienced go to trainer training classes every week. so.there is always a new batch of trainers. they jist opened training i our PA teeminal recently. it sometimes takes longer to get a non smokimg female trainer but that is anywhere.

keep in mind too that the holidays are coming. our training is longer so some trainers (like me) dont take students until after the holidays.

Mike D.'s Comment
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I am looking forward to it Rainey. Shutting the breaker down and heading on out.

Splitter's Comment
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2 things. 1) On top of learning the High Road Training program with tanker endorsement, learn the pretrip. This will help you get a trainer faster than those that don’t learn it, or at the very least, know it enough to be ahead of the class.

2) You don’t have to go the Greyhound route. I flew in on Saturday which gave me an extra day to settle in. They reimbursed me for the price of the bus after I finished my TNT & upgraded to A-seat.

Good luck!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Solo's Comment
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I completed the high road a few days ago and really really enjoyed it and was more than impressed by how it flowed.

I'm now working through the "DMV Genie" app via iOS and it's matching right up with High Road and helping to cement what I've learned already.

Best of luck.

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.

Mike D.'s Comment
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I have read posts from quite a few members saying that the High Road CDL Training Program was all that they needed and had no problems at all. I feel very confident in the written part of the testing for the permit. I am now concentrating on the pre-trip. I am studying that in sections as one poster recommended to someone that was having a hard time with it. So yea... :-)

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.
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