Prime Time: Prime Inc CDL School July 2020 (Reefer)

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Guy B.'s Comment
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My entry is a recap of my time at Prime, in training for the CDL. Researched all the Mega's, had it whittled down, went with Prime due to the amount of positive reports across the Web. Had Roehl up there too, but really didn't want to learn on a manual, seeing how the industry is shifting away from them as is (no pun intended)....

Got to Springfield on 7/5, started Orientation 7/6. Was well prepared by the High Road program for my CLP , can't say enough about Brett and Co. putting that together! And then studied Daniel B's pre-trip. Watched Prime Inc Daniel's video's on YouTube to practice the pre-trip, sound on, then off, to simulate myself performing it. No Hippie Trucking's Prime Salt Lake City In-Cab was great as well. When you get here, the Instructors tell you not to watch any videos, but those helped me out big time. That being said, do any and everything the way your Instructors tell you to, like Dennis Hopper says in the movie ''SPEED": "DO NOT attempt to grow a brain!". Trust the process.

Accommodations were fine, one person per room (COVID), I found the food to be more than edible in the Campus Inn cafeteria. Everyone overall really friendly, approachable, spirit of succeeding is in the air. Fast friendships made, very similar to Military basic training. Many experienced Drivers would wish you well in passing.

The few days prior to being 'badged' go by fast, thought the Simulator was cool, if not altogether realistic. Anything to get the feet wet. Then off to the Training Pad, to get to the heart of it all.

My trainer's name is Mike, he was one of 2019's Top Trainers, found that out looking through Prime's YouTube channel, great guy, really laid it down and showed me and the other Trainee on his truck what we needed to do. After some mental fumbles, had me backing better than I had imagined I would, so quickly. Then out for some driving around the area, from Orientation to behind the wheel in no time. Not rushed, felt comfortable with the progression.

Began "PSD" training 7/10, tested out today, and Trifecta'd, joining Rob D, Mitchell and the many others! Now, awaiting my ''TNT'' trainer.

All in all, Prime Inc. is a 'prime time' organization, very happy with the decision to come here!

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.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Old School's Comment
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tested out today, and Trifecta'd

Nice job!

I know your trainer was proud!smile.gif

Guy B.'s Comment
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Thank you Old School!

PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations!!!

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Welcome to Prime and congrats!!!! No Hippie is a good friend of mine.. and of course I have my own channel with lots of tips and tricks for new drivers on my Playlist.

I am also a member of the Prime Driver Advirosry Board so any suggestions or issues you have can be worked out. 😁

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Guy B.'s Comment
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Thanks all! Kearsey, I'm subscribed to your YouTube channel, and also put you as a Driver Reference here as well!

John B.'s Comment
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GUY B , I'm going to call them tomorrow, Do u know how often they have classes, I'm suppose to start at a community college Aug 17th but I'm ready to go now, been ready,got laid off /terminated because of covid on June 1st , I already passed my written test, I'm taking dot physical on Tuesday, I hope everything works out for u ,I've been racking my brain on where to go for the last couple of weeks, I'm only 1 1/2 hrs from Springfield and I've heard good things or less bad things about prime

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Guy B.'s Comment
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Hey John! My recruiter told me pretty much weekly they're bringing in recruits.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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They have limited class size and are bringing smaller groups in twice a week due to covid. Usually Monday and Wednesday

I highly recommend going through a company vs a local school. Understand Prime is more selective than other companies. And just because you choose a company it doesn't mean they choose you. Good luck

I did a Youtube video on this.

Truth About CDL School You Need to Know

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.

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.

OOS:

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.

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