New Grad: Decision - Prime Or Covenant ?

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Errol V.'s Comment
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Errol ! How cool is that — what made you leave the classroom ?

About 100 12 year olds.

The thing about "save you're receipt" sounds like you paid a school for the training. Then you hope either Covenant or Prime will pay you back. This happens often. Sure I cannot speak for those companies, but any company that wants to hire you could be happy to pay off that tuition.

The deal would be "bill paid" but in that contract you will commit to drive for them for about one year. They have all the marbles so it's not much of a negotiation. Do ask the recruiter whether they can do that when you get on board.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
icecold24k's Comment
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If I am not mistaken I do believe Covenant is a team only operation now. At least that is what their website leads me to believe. So you would have to be willing to run team with them even after training if that is the case.

40 Days's Comment
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Hey 40 days — glad to hear another happy Prime driver . I heard another guy discuss the great training platform . Which I’m down for . - Can you tell me how yours was start to finish ( ie. Orientation + Miles and days driven = to get into your own truck ? )

- I take it prime does not have a trainer match Survey ?

- will prime let you request a manual ? Can’t remember if they boast auto — but I prefer manual

Thanks !

Jake M. Sorry took so long to reply been really busy ran 2700 miles since wed at 4pm or payroll cutoff. 3 days left to tack onto chek this week.

Prime training took me from Aug 8th till Christmas to complete and get my own truck. 1 week orientation, 2 -4 weeks PSD. I did 4 because permit setbacks. TNT was 50,000 miles and about broke my spirit a few times but T.T had my back and told me stick it out. And I had a good trainer if that tells how difficult training is to get through.

Was it worth it? Absolutely, it changed my life and I feel blessed and spoiled by this company. I see a lot of have nots out here with other companies (no names) and my truck may be slower at 62mph but when I park I have every comfort and nice paychecks. It's literally the difference between calling your bank account to see how much money you have left and calling because you like to hear how much you have. Can't say I would leave after a year don't see any greener pastures than my starter company. Maybe eventually Wal-mart (Turtle) cause its local to me but no rush having fun 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.


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.



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.

40 Days's Comment
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Jake M. Could request manual but probably not get as they are on older trucks. I prefer manual too but my auto is nice once you get the hang of it. They do have trainer matchingas well.

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