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Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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Just wanted to let you all know that I got my CDL A License. I want to thank Brett for the great site and superb study program here. The words of encouragement from the moderators and fellow members here. I am off the truck until sat. Getting some very welcome and needed home time after being gone for the last 6 weeks.

I did the company sponsored cdl program with Prime inc. It was a great learning experience, and I wouldn't want to have done it any other way. I had a great instructor who is also going to be my TnT trainer. Then it will be back to Springfield, Mo for my upgrade to solo status.

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Woo Hoo! Congratulations man! One giant step out of the way! Get some needed rest and get your self focused for an intense training period. It's all uphill at first, but after a while it just gets better and better. Keep it up and let us know how its's going as you can.

Jopa's Comment
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Ray F. (aka. Mongo), let me be the first to congratulate you for a job well done. I hope to be posting something similar in a short while as I am set to report to Springfield in less than 2 weeks myself. If you can think of any words of wisdom since you just did the same thing I am facing, let me know.

Jopa

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Jopa's Comment
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Uh, let me be the SECOND since Old School and I must have been typing simultaneously . . . smile.gifsmile.gif

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Congrats!!!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey congrats man! That's awesome! Enjoy the heck out of that home time. No question you've earned it.

Uh, let me be the SECOND since Old School and I must have been typing simultaneously

rofl-3.gif You have to be quick on the draw to get one past Old School. I don't know how that dude drives his *ss off, running flatbed no less, and still beats us to the punch every time. That man can get some work done I'll tell ya!

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Free Spirit ( AKA #Hashta's Comment
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Congrats Mongo!!! I hate that I missed you at Prime. They were extremely backed up. Jeff and I ended up staying at the Crack Motel 6 where they don't just keep the light on for ya..they keep the crack pipe burning for ya!rofl-1.gif

Good luck and enjoy home time!

#Peace

Wine Taster's Comment
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WTG! Congratz man. Now everybody here should be very very afraid of you and I on the road! ROFL!

Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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Congrats, glad to hear that you got your license......someday I may have mine...but for now I'm still in the deciding phase on weather or not make the career change....but the training material on here is very good I'm a little over half way through it....still working on it....in the Hazmat section....Again Congrats on your license

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Great job Ray! Keep at it. 6 weeks isn't easy especially when you're not used to this lifestyle. You'll do great in TNT , just keep at it and don't hit anything. I am looking forward to your first truck picture.

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.

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