Prime TNT Trainer Wait Time?

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Arctic Fox's Comment
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Hi there! I recently got my CDL through Prime Inc. (Springfield) I was told there may be a delay in getting a TNT trainer, but it’s been close to a month! Is this normal for the reefer division? Prime has been incredible so far and I have been getting paid on time each week, so I know I shouldn’t really complain, but I also don’t want TOO much time to go by for fear of my skill set deteriorating. Is it possible my home location is a contributing factor? I’m based out of Milwaukee. Any input or advice would be appreciated. Thank you!!!

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.

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.

GrayBeardinPA's Comment
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Truckin Along With Kearsey is a mod on here and a TNT reefer trainer. Hopefully she’ll reach out to you. If you google her she has a YouTube channel and you can msg her there also.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hi there! I recently got my CDL through Prime Inc. (Springfield) I was told there may be a delay in getting a TNT trainer, but it’s been close to a month! Is this normal for the reefer division? Prime has been incredible so far and I have been getting paid on time each week, so I know I shouldn’t really complain, but I also don’t want TOO much time to go by for fear of my skill set deteriorating. Is it possible my home location is a contributing factor? I’m based out of Milwaukee. Any input or advice would be appreciated. Thank you!!!

Hello....Covid and the holidays has put a strain on training. Some trainers havent wanted to train due to covid. Also Prime offered us up to $800 bonus to stay out through the holidays which caused trainers like me to take home time during the second half of January. Last I heard there were 38 people waiting....but your preferences will determine your wait length. It will take longer to get a female trainer than a female for example. Or smoker vs non smoker. Another issue is that like with my current trainee....she wants to stay on my truck through the winter.

Every week Prime certifies and recertifies trainers (if someone hasn't trained in over a year they need to go through the 5 days classes again).

Don't be worried about losing your skills. You will have plenty of training time. In the mean time...use the phone app to learn. There are so many classes on there. Take any in house classes such as the maintenance, logs or autoshift transmission classes.

Good luck. And I'm always here to help

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.

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.

Arctic Fox's Comment
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Hey Kearsey, thanks so much for your prompt and detailed reply!

Everything you’re saying makes perfect sense. I’ll definitely check out the training materials as well. 👍 Anything to keep my brain in “trucking mode”! I didn’t have a gender nor smoking preference (I did tell them I’m a non smoker so she put that as my preference but I really don’t care.) I’ll just keep learning what so can and also treat this as a life lesson in patience. 😀

I love your content by the way! Your videos helped me a lot in making the decision to enter this industry, so thank you for that as well!

Clayton J.'s Comment
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Great job. Its a great feeling to put in the work and be able to get that. It took me like 2 weeks 6 Years ago. The women seemed to be able to get a trainer right sway so im sure itll be any day now.

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