I Will Be Going To Prime.

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Sandman's Comment
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I'l be starting at Prime soon. Any tips on what I should do before going and while there?

Josh C.'s Comment
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Any tips on what I should do before going and while there?

Get your permit before you show up because trying to get your permit while their is just one giant stress best left for BEFORE you roll into prime.

While there pay attention, I learned that they hate answering questions that have already been discussed or could have been answered by actually reading the papers they give you at the beginning.

Also be early to everything you have to do ! Trust me when I tell you that they are paying attention to this, on time is late and early is on time. Your entire time here is one giant interview.

Sandman's Comment
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Any tips on what I should do before going and while there?

Get your permit before you show up because trying to get your permit while their is just one giant stress best left for BEFORE you roll into prime.

While there pay attention, I learned that they hate answering questions that have already been discussed or could have been answered by actually reading the papers they give you at the beginning.

Also be early to everything you have to do ! Trust me when I tell you that they are paying attention to this, on time is late and early is on time. Your entire time here is one giant interview.

Thanks for that. Really helpful. I'm the kind of person that gets there early anyway. I heard the bus ride is one big pain. I'm going next Monday to test for my permit. I assumed it would be better to have anyway.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I see you're about 6% of the way through the High Road Training Program. Keep at it! And do not skip the Logbook Rules or Truck Weight & Balance sections. Those are critical and they aren't covered nearly as well as they should be in training. That's why we built those sections....someone has to teach em!

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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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
The Dude's Comment
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Eat the cheesecake in the campus cafeteria. It's amazing.

DesertWarrior505 's Comment
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Any tips on what I should do before going and while there?

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Get your permit before you show up because trying to get your permit while their is just one giant stress best left for BEFORE you roll into prime.

While there pay attention, I learned that they hate answering questions that have already been discussed or could have been answered by actually reading the papers they give you at the beginning.

Also be early to everything you have to do ! Trust me when I tell you that they are paying attention to this, on time is late and early is on time. Your entire time here is one giant interview.

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Thanks for that. Really helpful. I'm the kind of person that gets there early anyway. I heard the bus ride is one big pain. I'm going next Monday to test for my permit. I assumed it would be better to have anyway.

Pay attention when you take or go to get your permit. Verify if you state allows you to put endorsements onto a permit. If they do NOT do NOT get your permit. Some states will not put them on till you have taken your cdl test. It has cost me and others that went to prime extra money as we had to retake or add on endorsements we already had from other states and you end up paying the full 32.50 for your Missouri permit. If you can put endorsements on get them on...if you have to take tanker when you get here it will cost your 32.50 to get your Missouri permit/the transfer. I basically spent double to get my permit after some bad info was put out via the recruiters and then the people that run the office not talking or relaying the correct information. Regardless DO NOT pay for your permit to take your permit test if the endorsements don't go on your permit.

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.
Jopa's Comment
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Pay attention when you take or go to get your permit. Verify if you state allows you to put endorsements onto a permit. If they do NOT do NOT get your permit. Some states will not put them on till you have taken your cdl test. It has cost me and others that went to prime extra money as we had to retake or add on endorsements we already had from other states and you end up paying the full 32.50 for your Missouri permit. If you can put endorsements on get them on...if you have to take tanker when you get here it will cost your 32.50 to get your Missouri permit/the transfer. I basically spent double to get my permit after some bad info was put out via the recruiters and then the people that run the office not talking or relaying the correct information. Regardless DO NOT pay for your permit to take your permit test if the endorsements don't go on your permit.

WOW! A whole $32.50 . . . must of broke the bank, huh? That's just plain bad logic . . . do, take, get everything and anything you can out of the way before you get to Springfield . . . the time is limited and the information & skill set is new (to most) and HAS to be mastered . . . if $32.50 is your main concern, you don't HAVE any concerns . . . Prime advances you $200 per week (to be deducted from future paychecks at $25/week) during the whole PSD training phase . . . then they pay you $600 per week (you DON'T pay this back - it's salary) during the whole TNT phase of your training . . . don't sweat the small stuff (like $32.50) . . . you sound a lot like a Russian I know who really counts his change . . .

Jopa

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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.

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.

DesertWarrior505 's Comment
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Pay attention when you take or go to get your permit. Verify if you state allows you to put endorsements onto a permit. If they do NOT do NOT get your permit. Some states will not put them on till you have taken your cdl test. It has cost me and others that went to prime extra money as we had to retake or add on endorsements we already had from other states and you end up paying the full 32.50 for your Missouri permit. If you can put endorsements on get them on...if you have to take tanker when you get here it will cost your 32.50 to get your Missouri permit/the transfer. I basically spent double to get my permit after some bad info was put out via the recruiters and then the people that run the office not talking or relaying the correct information. Regardless DO NOT pay for your permit to take your permit test if the endorsements don't go on your permit.

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WOW! A whole $32.50 . . . must of broke the bank, huh? That's just plain bad logic . . . do, take, get everything and anything you can out of the way before you get to Springfield . . . the time is limited and the information & skill set is new (to most) and HAS to be mastered . . . if $32.50 is your main concern, you don't HAVE any concerns . . . Prime advances you $200 per week (to be deducted from future paychecks at $25/week) during the whole PSD training phase . . . then they pay you $600 per week (you DON'T pay this back - it's salary) during the whole TNT phase of your training . . . don't sweat the small stuff (like $32.50) . . . you sound a lot like a Russian I know who really counts his change . . .

Jopa

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Jopa, 32.50 is a lot when your not expecting to have to pay extra and or already running tight on money/ budget. It is also slightly a problem when one hand doesn't talk to the other about requirements and or miss verifies information. Not arguing but getting into this business and having to count your pennies 32.50 can be what gives you food or means your going to bed hungry. The fact remains that it cost me 75 bucks to get my permit in home state plus the cost of having to get it redone here. Also TNT should be 700 from what we have been getting told all week...unless yet again the left hand isn't speaking to the right. I have had no complaints about my experience here but it is hard to maintain a budget to support wife, and 2 children and provide a roof over there head when you have to repay for stuff you've already paid for once...

Again not trying to argue and or throw a fit and or even talk bad about Prime just trying to help as there are a lot of people that this happened to this week and trying to save someone else from being in that same boat for no reason.

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.

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.

Sandman's Comment
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Pay attention when you take or go to get your permit. Verify if you state allows you to put endorsements onto a permit. If they do NOT do NOT get your permit. Some states will not put them on till you have taken your cdl test. It has cost me and others that went to prime extra money as we had to retake or add on endorsements we already had from other states and you end up paying the full 32.50 for your Missouri permit. If you can put endorsements on get them on...if you have to take tanker when you get here it will cost your 32.50 to get your Missouri permit/the transfer. I basically spent double to get my permit after some bad info was put out via the recruiters and then the people that run the office not talking or relaying the correct information. Regardless DO NOT pay for your permit to take your permit test if the endorsements don't go on your permit.

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WOW! A whole $32.50 . . . must of broke the bank, huh? That's just plain bad logic . . . do, take, get everything and anything you can out of the way before you get to Springfield . . . the time is limited and the information & skill set is new (to most) and HAS to be mastered . . . if $32.50 is your main concern, you don't HAVE any concerns . . . Prime advances you $200 per week (to be deducted from future paychecks at $25/week) during the whole PSD training phase . . . then they pay you $600 per week (you DON'T pay this back - it's salary) during the whole TNT phase of your training . . . don't sweat the small stuff (like $32.50) . . . you sound a lot like a Russian I know who really counts his change . . .

Jopa

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Jopa, 32.50 is a lot when your not expecting to have to pay extra and or already running tight on money/ budget. It is also slightly a problem when one hand doesn't talk to the other about requirements and or miss verifies information. Not arguing but getting into this business and having to count your pennies 32.50 can be what gives you food or means your going to bed hungry. The fact remains that it cost me 75 bucks to get my permit in home state plus the cost of having to get it redone here. Also TNT should be 700 from what we have been getting told all week...unless yet again the left hand isn't speaking to the right. I have had no complaints about my experience here but it is hard to maintain a budget to support wife, and 2 children and provide a roof over there head when you have to repay for stuff you've already paid for once...

Again not trying to argue and or throw a fit and or even talk bad about Prime just trying to help as there are a lot of people that this happened to this week and trying to save someone else from being in that same boat for no reason.

I will make sure before getting my permit. The have me down for February 9th so I have time to figure everything else out. My recruiter is lane Williams. Seems like a pretty strait forward guy. I spoke with him today and overloaded him with questions.

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.

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.

Sandman's Comment
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I see you're about 6% of the way through the High Road Training Program. Keep at it! And do not skip the Logbook Rules or Truck Weight & Balance sections. Those are critical and they aren't covered nearly as well as they should be in training. That's why we built those sections....someone has to teach em!

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I know and maybe you may know by now I can be a real butthole but thank you for this training program. it really does help a lot. I'm still still using the program every chance I get. I also have the Missouri cdl training book as well. I love to read and learn. I may not always be right, which who is. I've found that TT has a much better atmosphere to learn and continue to learn not matter your experience. I will continue to use this site for a long time to come. Thanks again Brett.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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