Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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There is a huge culture here of company vs lease. the lease ops push it more than Prime. I was asked once.

As far as your Hazmat , you will test in UT then the scores will transfer to CA. You can then take the written HAZMAT there in CA and take the results to TSA or other verfication office and pay the $90 or so. It took 4 days for mine to come back (they say 60 days it will take). Then you take that approval letter to DMV and get rhe CDL upgraded.


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.


Hazardous Materials

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


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.


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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Oh and Springfield has a TWIC office so im sure SLC has something similar. When PSD test out in MO, they then sign all the employment forms and apply for TWIC and get fingerprinted. The cards come in within a week or so, and you will be routed back to the terminal to get it. Its probably similar there.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


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.


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.
Turtle's Comment
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They show the "average" take home for lease ops after all expenses is up there, like $1,300 solo

Funny how they don't tell you what a top performing company driver averages.

I don't have the net take-home figures in front of me right now but here are some gross weekly numbers from me. Taking away my days off and vacation leaves me 44 weeks that I worked in 2018. Based on my yearly amounts I grossed an average $1578 per week.

So depending on your particular tax/deduction situation you could possibly match or even surpass the L/O income. Plus you'll have risk free employment, benefits, retirement, comp, new equipment, etc etc.

Don't listen to the lease ops. By trying to suck you in they're really just trying to convince themselves they weren't suckered. Simple math doesn't lie.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I can confirm Turtle is telling the truth. I see his miles from the settlements. I didnt want to sound like i was bragging to dispute it, but you are right Turtle.

They have a phone message that says this and i think it is a horrible figure for a lease op! The same message says "The average TnT lease ttainer takes home $2300 per week so you are losing $1000 per not training. I spit out my drink laughing when i heard that!

Think about it....$2300 then take out $600 in taxes. leaves you with $1700. Minus the $200 per week for health insurance i would need as a lease op comes down to $1500. Deduct the $100 per week Prime puts in my 401k and that would be $1400 per week...for team training.

i make more solo!!! hahahhaha

My boyfriend is lease and he heard the message and said, "good, i make more solo than a TnT trainer. I do t have to train anymore".

It comes down to good drivers make money, bad ir company.

And people forget that $1300 is AVERAGE which means there are plenty bringing home $700 to $1000 per week as lease. They also dont exolain if that "take home" is after taxes...which it isnt cause Prime wouldnt have those figures.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.



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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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This will blow your mind

LW company drivers make 49cpm.

49 x 2600 miles equal $1276. PLUS bonuses.

Condo reefers make 44cpm.

.44 x 2900 miles equals $1276 PLUS bonuses

2600 miles is an easy week and totally doable consistently.


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.


A refrigerated trailer.

Trucker Chris (CK)'s Comment
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Thanks Turtle & Rainy, I really appreciate the great information you consistently offer. I'm hoping for a condo, since I will have a rider with me from time to time.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Another myth. you dont need to hope for a condo..just tell them you need one and plan to bring a passenger. i never had a LW

Trucker Chris (CK)'s Comment
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Another myth. you dont need to hope for a condo..just tell them you need one and plan to bring a passenger. i never had a LW

At what point do I do that?

Shawn B.'s Comment
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I’m personally not a fan of lease . My company offers it and I’m slightly considering it, not because I’ll consider myself owner op , as you’re not owner op til it’s paid .. but because with my company you can choose where you run when you’re lease op , and I hate the east coast ... so to me that may be worth it ... still company driver , will debate it in the future


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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When u upgrade.

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