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G-Town's Comment
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Chill-Out! One thing you’ll soon realize, it’s an inherent quality in all successful truck drivers; they know how to roll with the punches; constantly adjusting and avoiding the temptation prompting an emotional response. It’s a necessary personality trait...

That said; Rainy is a Prime trainer. Turtle a Prime flatbed driver. They know the ropes. Be careful where you get your advice from.

Keep something in mind, Prime will hire student drivers in their early to mid-20’s. A 24 year old is unlikely to have more than 8 years of employment history.

Just be prepared to honestly give them what you can.

Left Lane's Comment
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Chill-Out! One thing you’ll soon realize, it’s an inherent quality in all successful truck drivers; they know how to roll with the punches; constantly adjusting and avoiding the temptation prompting an emotional response. It’s a necessary personality trait...

That said; Rainy is a Prime trainer. Turtle a Prime flatbed driver. They know the ropes. Be careful where you get your advice from.

Keep something in mind, Prime will hire student drivers in their early to mid-20’s. A 24 year old is unlikely to have more than 8 years of employment history.

Just be prepared to honestly give them what you can.

That is true. I wasn't the oldest in my class but very close. I am twice the age of my PSD trainer.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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.
Michael S.'s Comment
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Relax man! I've also heard conflicting things about it, no big deal. They are working on my 3 year verifications right now, and just in case they need it when I get there, i'm going to make sure my ten year is good to go with any verifications needed and in my briefcase when I get there. As far as your past firings, if they call them, there is only so much they can legally say, same situation as if you applied for a job at Burger King and they called your previous employers!

Smart C.'s Comment
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I was approved for Prime's orientation. We'll see what happens. Looks like all I need is a birth certificate. That seems so contradictory to what has been said in the past. "Jumjng through hoops", once you're there is what I've heard countless times. If so, I won't be able to jump very well.

PackRat's Comment
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Kind of like everyone wrote before? What was said in the past?

Noob_Student's Comment
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I worked in retail management for many years prior to switching careers into trucking and I can assure anyone who reads this in the future to be honest about dates and to give a number to your former HR department. I fired plenty of people and if a recruiter would have called me as a manager odds are I would have given my opinion. HR on the other hand WILL NOT. They will simply say yes, so and so was employed from this date to this date. They wont elaborate or divulge any info about your time there even if you were fantastic and loved. They just cant open the company up to liability issues. I know this because i got in trouble for giving a glowing review of a former stock guy who had worked for me all through high school and college and HR found out.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Donna M.'s Comment
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Wow, u really need to take a chill pill. You got two of the best at prime answering your questions. But I can promise you if can’t unwind some you won’t make it through orientation, psd , pad training, cdl testing, and nobody is gonna want to take you on tnt with you stressing at the wheel while they sleep. And that’s only the beginning, everytime you crank up a truck it’s traffic and what’s the guy in front of you, behind you or beside you gonna do. Trucking is stress that you have to love or hate!

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.

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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I was approved for Prime's orientation. We'll see what happens. Looks like all I need is a birth certificate. That seems so contradictory to what has been said in the past. "Jumjng through hoops", once you're there is what I've heard countless times. If so, I won't be able to jump very well.

You were only invited to orientation. The entire orientation and training process is an interview.

You need your social security card, your birth certificate with a state raised seal (many bring the hospital one and get sent home), paper from your bank for direct deposit, and any medical records (blood pressure, sleep apnea , medication and OTC list etc). Show up without these, and the hoops begin.

I personally recommend the last few paychecks and the last 3 years W2. Why? cause i ha e witnesses time and time again students going frantic on calls cause they didnt bring them.And after i got there...even though i already emailed them, i was asked again. But i had them.

When you get to Prime you will fill out another paper application (the paper to which i was referring). Yes they will compare what you wrote online to what you write for any and all inconsistencies. They catch liars this way constantly. They will do an in depth background check. Orientation usually eliminates 50-70% of those who arrive.

Yes, companies are indeed permitted to ask "is this person eigible for rehire". Your DAC after you are in trucking will even state why you are not eligible for rehire example "Failure to obey company policy".

Good luck.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Splitter's Comment
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I'm not reading the back & forth on purpose but will give you this. I was self employed for my entire adult life except for 2 stints as a private chauffeur. I filed 1099's not w2's. I sent all that my recruiter asked prior to arriving in Sprimo. I did all my tests, cbt's & passed everything. On the last day of orientation I asked what's the hold up? I was told to contact my recruiter.

I called her & was devastated that they were ready to send me home due to hee not having asked me to include my settlements for the first 2 months of that year. Luckily I had access to my account online & was able to forward them to my recruiter. I got my Prime ID later that day when everyone else had already gotten theirs.

All I can say it be prepared, expect the unexpected but most of all, be professional. They will work with someone who gives them a reason to not by words but by actions. I busted my hump that week. I went into the sims lab anytime I had I free moment to learn the shifting. The instructors gave me great tips. I was out in the lot learning the different components & speeches for the pretrip on the truck they put out there for us to practice that.

Why did I post all that above? Because that's what people told me to do when I first joined TT. Because that's what you'll read in almost every successful diary written in the diaries section. It's not that difficult unless you make it difficult. Good luck!

Smart C.'s Comment
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I was approved for Prime's orientation. We'll see what happens. Looks like all I need is a birth certificate. That seems so contradictory to what has been said in the past. "Jumjng through hoops", once you're there is what I've heard countless times. If so, I won't be able to jump very well.

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You were only invited to orientation. The entire orientation and training process is an interview.

You need your social security card, your birth certificate with a state raised seal (many bring the hospital one and get sent home), paper from your bank for direct deposit, and any medical records (blood pressure, sleep apnea , medication and OTC list etc). Show up without these, and the hoops begin.

I personally recommend the last few paychecks and the last 3 years W2. Why? cause i ha e witnesses time and time again students going frantic on calls cause they didnt bring them.And after i got there...even though i already emailed them, i was asked again. But i had them.

When you get to Prime you will fill out another paper application (the paper to which i was referring). Yes they will compare what you wrote online to what you write for any and all inconsistencies. They catch liars this way constantly. They will do an in depth background check. Orientation usually eliminates 50-70% of those who arrive.

Yes, companies are indeed permitted to ask "is this person eigible for rehire". Your DAC after you are in trucking will even state why you are not eligible for rehire example "Failure to obey company policy".

Good luck.

Sorry, I didn't understand the part about pay stubs and W2s. My recruiter told me I didn't need them. I gave her a co workers number to verify employment. All I have is one year of W2s. This is what I'm talking about. My employment has already been verified. My recruiter has assured me I'll be fine. And now you're saying I should have 3 years of W2s? I view you as a very credible source...so now I'm a little confused once again.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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