Prime Inc Trainee

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Sherice C.'s Comment
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Hello everyone,

My name is Sherice and I just wanted to share my journey so far coming into the trucking field and my experiences. First I'll start off by saying it's always been a passion of mine to get into this field. Granted it took me nearly 38 years to pursue but I'm finally here. And I'm proud to say that I made it in with Prime inc. I did alot of research and decided on Prime because I've heard nothing but good things about the company and also because of their extensive training program. Some have complained about how extensive it is, but I like it because they dont just send you out to the wolves on ya own. Especially someone like me being new to all this.

So yes, as others have mentioned theres orientation, PSD phase and TNT phase. And let's be clear orientation is not ya foot in the door, it's the "hopefully you are verified, cleared & make it thru no seriously, be prepared. It's fairly simple as long as your honest about your work history, background check, and DMV records. PSD phase in my personal opinion is all about your work ethic and willingness to learn. Showing up on time, prepared, eager to learn, observe and take instructions. That's what I did and I "trifect the course" which is when u pass ya cdl test on your first try. I had an awesome PSD trainer as well so that definitely helped.

Then theres TNT phase. Which I'm currently still in. And yes it's TRUE, trainees need 50,000 miles to finish TNT. But the "go get it" awesome TNT trainer I have, I've already accumulated 23,000 miles and I just started beginning of August. So in like 4wks I already have 23,000 miles. I'm not gonna lie at first I was a lil home sick, tired of being on the truck, showering every other day, having only one lil space for my belongings.. you know all the stuff us rookies complain about..😂😂 but now I'm so used to it. Also shout out to Rainy of truckingtruth for that amazing article about what to expect as a trainee. Sorry forgot the actual title, but man that article saved my life!!! 😂☺️no seriously especially the part about lease op's that train.. huge eye opener and helped me to see things from a different perspective. Thanks sincerely to alot of the articles I read here because they've helped me a great deal!. Overall tho I must say I got blessed twice, well I guess 3 times..1 that Prime accepted me onboard, 2&3 got awesome Psd & tnt trainers. So I'm very grateful and humble. Soaking everything I can like a sponge, so once I go solo (company, no leasing for me😉) I will be at least experienced enough to solve problems that may occur as well as reach out to my support team. Anyways you guys I am super hyped and ready to get my own truck and get rolling. So far I have been to Cali and back northeast about 3or4 times, a little Washington state, oh just missed that category 5 storm in Louisiana a few weeks ago and almost crossed the "port" I think somewhere near Michigan where I guess all the good loads come hey bare with me I'm still learning, but basically I'm lovin' it y'all!!☺️☺️😉😉🤪🤪🚛🚛💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽 I will try to post some updates of my journey, but no promises..I wrote all this just b4 taking my 10hr rest break🤯🤯🤯 So yeah..we'll see 🤗 ✌🏽❤


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.


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.


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.


Operating While Intoxicated


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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Yay!!! And thanks so much on the blog article feedback. It means a lot to know it helps.

Stay safe and we are here. If you need specific advice hit me up here or on Youtube.

Tortuga 's Comment
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Good info Sherice C. Keep us updated on your travels! Stay safe

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