My Prime Orientation / PSD Experience

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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How AWESOME, Dennis.

The stars (cards?) are DEFINITELY aligning for you in this journey, good sir!!!

Howdy to the missus; what a great update!!!!

Thanks for sharing~

~ Anne ~

ps: Awesome pic, awesome smile of success!!!!!

Chief Brody's Comment
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Congrats.

Dennis L's Comment
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03/08/22 update

I’ll add a tip for any other folks with an Arkansas CLP taking the Skills Tests in another state.

The Examiner at Prime in Springfield, MO told me that they would transmit my test scores to the Arkansas authorities.

I went to the AR Revenue Office in Monticello on morning of 03/07/22 to get my AR CDL issued. I was told that my Skills Test scores were not in the database. The usual process was that I needed to go to an Arkansas State Police office where CDL exams are offered to have an examiner to enter my data, then come back to a Revenue office.

So, I drove the 90 miles to Little Rock to the State Police headquarters. An examiner reviewed my documentation to input my scores.

As background, I was issued two duplicate forms from the Revenue Office when I applied for my CDL permit last November. My written exam scores where put on these forms in November by the State Police examiner. I then took these forms to the Revenue Office to get my CLP issued. I retained the two forms to later record my Skills Tests scores to get my CDL issued.

The State Police examiner in LR entered my Skills Tests results to the two forms and signed it. He also entered the scores to the state database. He gave me back one of the completed forms to take to the Revenue Office.

I drove back to the Monticello Revenue Office arriving about 15:30.

I gave the clerk all the required documents. She confirmed that my results were now in the database.

However, she asked if I had the Truckers Against Trafficking Certificate? I said no, I’ve watched that 30 minutes video twice, but never offered a certificate. Arkansas law since 2017 requires all CDL holders to have it.

So, I sat down and accessed the TAT website on my phone to register for the certificate program. Watched the video and got kicked out at 15 mins, had to start over! I’m watching the clock because office closes at 16:30 and it is now 15:45.

I finally finish the video (I watched this same video for Prime’s Orientation) and pass the quiz to be issued a certificate. I downloaded the certificate and took a screenshot image to my phone. I showed the image to the clerk and was good to go at ~16:18.

I was finally issued my new AR CDL-A and was let out the locked door at 16:35.

I then used my Prime App to scan and upload the front & back of my CDL to Prime HR. I’m all set to go!

It now appears that my Trainer will be back in Arkansas to pick me up late on Thursday or on Friday to start TNT team driving.

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.

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.

Bill M.'s Comment
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Man, you are putting in the work. We had the TAT training online and the certificate.

Keep on trucking, Dennis

03/08/22 update

I’ll add a tip for any other folks with an Arkansas CLP taking the Skills Tests in another state.

The Examiner at Prime in Springfield, MO told me that they would transmit my test scores to the Arkansas authorities.

I went to the AR Revenue Office in Monticello on morning of 03/07/22 to get my AR CDL issued. I was told that my Skills Test scores were not in the database. The usual process was that I needed to go to an Arkansas State Police office where CDL exams are offered to have an examiner to enter my data, then come back to a Revenue office.

So, I drove the 90 miles to Little Rock to the State Police headquarters. An examiner reviewed my documentation to input my scores.

As background, I was issued two duplicate forms from the Revenue Office when I applied for my CDL permit last November. My written exam scores where put on these forms in November by the State Police examiner. I then took these forms to the Revenue Office to get my CLP issued. I retained the two forms to later record my Skills Tests scores to get my CDL issued.

The State Police examiner in LR entered my Skills Tests results to the two forms and signed it. He also entered the scores to the state database. He gave me back one of the completed forms to take to the Revenue Office.

I drove back to the Monticello Revenue Office arriving about 15:30.

I gave the clerk all the required documents. She confirmed that my results were now in the database.

However, she asked if I had the Truckers Against Trafficking Certificate? I said no, I’ve watched that 30 minutes video twice, but never offered a certificate. Arkansas law since 2017 requires all CDL holders to have it.

So, I sat down and accessed the TAT website on my phone to register for the certificate program. Watched the video and got kicked out at 15 mins, had to start over! I’m watching the clock because office closes at 16:30 and it is now 15:45.

I finally finish the video (I watched this same video for Prime’s Orientation) and pass the quiz to be issued a certificate. I downloaded the certificate and took a screenshot image to my phone. I showed the image to the clerk and was good to go at ~16:18.

I was finally issued my new AR CDL-A and was let out the locked door at 16:35.

I then used my Prime App to scan and upload the front & back of my CDL to Prime HR. I’m all set to go!

It now appears that my Trainer will be back in Arkansas to pick me up late on Thursday or on Friday to start TNT team driving.

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.

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.

SAMSON ITUA's Comment
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Hello friends 🙋,please I really need help ,can someone please let me know how it works for immigrant in your area , I have chosen to relocate from my country , I have been on this job for 7 years

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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