Prime PSD Training, From A Trainer's Perspective.

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Army 's Comment
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I remember the play by play during the first test.... I will definitely be checking back in lol.

Turtle's Comment
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TRIIIIIIIIIIIFECTA!!!!

He pulled it off and got it done! I can't begin to explain just how happy he and I are. This was a near 2 week long struggle of perseverance. Despite the angst, anger, discouraging moments, highs & lows, and seemingly insurmountable uphill battles, he never once gave up and neither would I. With a display of shear will, he pushed through and kept trying. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him for powering through it all.

How he never has to do it again. Congrats, my young friend.

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PackRat's Comment
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OUTSTANDING!

Plus pictures, too!

Dave S (formerly known as's Comment
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WOOT!

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Awesome! Hopefully he knows how lucky he was to have you as a trainer. Did he say if reefer is what he's going to do?if so hopefully he can get a reefer TNT trainer.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Congrats to both the trainee and the trainer!

This thread is probably my favorite read on TT. I hope Turtle keeps it going.

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Rob D.'s Comment
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Great job! Both of you.

Ice cream man's Comment
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Great job hope a trainer as good as you turtle. Next week I start psd at Pittston maybe I will get lucky

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.
Turtle's Comment
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Thanks everyone. It's nice to have all you guys around when I need to brag or vent.

Did he say if reefer is what he's going to do?

He's still undecided between reefer and tanker. There's still a couple days before he needs to decide, so I told him to research the pros and cons of both, and to look around TT for the various threads and diaries on both divisions.

Great job hope a trainer as good as you turtle. Next week I start psd at Pittston maybe I will get lucky

No worries, Shawn. We have lots of great trainers at Pittston. You'll be in good hands.

I won't be training for the next month or so while Mrs. Turtle gets back on the truck with me, and we head OTR. It will be nice to decompress for a bit. My next student will be in the area of late July.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.
PJ's Comment
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Congrats to you both. I would highly recommend he go reefer over tanks. First off as a newbie tanks are challenging with the surge, and he has to climb on top to secure the dome lid and washout caps. Not a place for him if he has a fear of heights like you have described. I would hate to hear he ended up falling off a tank.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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