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L_Antonio 's Comment
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Is anyone going to Prime psd training in Missouri May 4th?

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.
Logan M.'s Comment
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I just got to springfield to start psd good luck!!!

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.
Melisa M.'s Comment
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Is anyone going to Prime psd training in Missouri May 4th?

Hey there I am schedule to start my PSD training in Missouri on May 4 too....

Where are you coming in from??? Will you be coming with any experience under your belt? Will you have your permit in hand when you arrive?

I am heading in from Dayton, OH planning to arrive on Sunday.......decided to skip the Greyhound ride and having a friend bring me in on a little "road trip"! I am starting a whole new chapter in my life and leaving a career that I have been secure with for over 22 years......so had lots of OTR exposure with my mother being a trucker and ex-husband but never been the "driver"! I am still trying to decide if I should secure my permit before heading out or just study my A$$ off and be ready to bust it out once I get there.....any input is opening appreciated!!

Hope to see ya on May 4 Antonia!!!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.
Thomas M.'s Comment
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How did you all get on the board with Prime Inc.? I had been looking thru all these trucking company.. My only downfall is no money out of pocket for schooling.. Heard lot of complaint about these starter company as cant making a living,get rip off by the companies,sitting no miles to clear etc... What's everybody input on this TT page bout it.. Thanks everybody for the times.. (I am still learning here)

L_Antonio 's Comment
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Is anyone going to Prime psd training in Missouri May 4th?

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Hey there I am schedule to start my PSD training in Missouri on May 4 too....

Where are you coming in from??? Will you be coming with any experience under your belt? Will you have your permit in hand when you arrive?

I am heading in from Dayton, OH planning to arrive on Sunday.......decided to skip the Greyhound ride and having a friend bring me in on

a little "road trip"! I am starting a whole new chapter in my life and leaving a career that I have been secure with for over 22 years......so had lots of OTR exposure with my mother being a trucker and ex-husband but never been the "driver"! I am still trying to decide if I should secure my permit before heading out or just study my A$$ off and be ready to bust it out once I get there.....any input is opening appreciated!!

Hope to see ya on May 4 Antonia!!!

Nope I'm going up there with no Experience. I've been studying for my permit as well.. I kinda wanted to get it before I go but I think I'd do better If I'm actually in the truckers type of setting. I'm coming from augusta Ga I looked on line for what time greyhound leaves and it's gonna take awhile to get up there 😪 but I think around 1pm Sunday. I'm doing flatbed what about you?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.
L_Antonio 's Comment
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How did you all get on the board with Prime Inc.? I had been looking thru all these trucking company.. My only downfall is no money out of pocket for schooling.. Heard lot of complaint about these starter company as cant making a living,get rip off by the companies,sitting no miles to clear etc... What's everybody input on this TT page bout it.. Thanks everybody for the times.. (I am still learning here)

Thomas I picked prime over swift because of the starting pay plus it's 1 on 1 training vs 6 people to 1 instructor plus you get paid really good while your in training and the recruiters really work with you step by step. Just call around and see which one fits you.

Old School's Comment
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How did you all get on the board with Prime Inc.? I had been looking thru all these trucking company.. My only downfall is no money out of pocket for schooling.. Heard lot of complaint about these starter company as cant making a living,get rip off by the companies,sitting no miles to clear etc... What's everybody input on this TT page bout it.. Thanks everybody for the times.. (I am still learning here)

Thomas, welcome aboard - I was so glad to see you finished up your statement with I am still learning here... because you have already learned a lot of wrong information!

Keep hanging around here and you will get the truth. We won't sugar coat anything, but you will get to hear from people you can know and trust that are still in the industry because we love what we do, and because we excel at it. Most of the trucking forums are platforms for people who just can't seem to figure out how to make a go of this career to whine and complain with unverifiable reports of how they were cheated by this company or that. Put on your thinking cap for just a minute and think about all the trucks you see out there on the road - there are a lot of drivers out there keeping this economy churning and burning. If you even think for a minute these companies are staying up late trying to figure out the next best way to cheat their drivers out of their pay you are simple indeed. They need their drivers bad, they want to do everything they can to keep good productive drivers on board.

You can make some good solid pay in this business. You are going to have to force yourself to stay away from the nay-saying web sites filled with malcontents. Those are the guys who couldn't keep up their end of the bargain, yet they are too cowardly to face up to the truth and think that if they can insult their former employers well enough that they will somehow apply some mystical balm to their immature egos. Truck driving is a serious job for serious people who don't mind working hard. The great thing about it is that somebody like Prime will give you a shot, and they will even pay all of the cost up front for you to start a new career. I think they are paying about 700 bucks a week now for training, and then they have got all the miles that you can handle once you get to the point of being in your own truck. They won't ever leave you sitting with no miles unless you prove to be unproductive.

Take a leisurely read through our Truck Driver's Career Guide, there's a wealth of great information in there that you will benefit from. Then learn about Company-Sponsored Training by following that link - If you can get an application sent off to someone like Prime, then call and make a follow up inquiry about the status of your application after a couple of days, you could very easily be on the bus on their dime in just a matter of a few short weeks to a promising career. That of course is provided you've got a good clean driving record and criminal record.

Take a look at those links I provided, and then jump back in here with any questions, and I'm sure you will get some good advice from the drivers and students in here.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Thomas M.'s Comment
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How did you all get on the board with Prime Inc.? I had been looking thru all these trucking company.. My only downfall is no money out of pocket for schooling.. Heard lot of complaint about these starter company as cant making a living,get rip off by the companies,sitting no miles to clear etc... What's everybody input on this TT page bout it.. Thanks everybody for the times.. (I am still learning here)

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Thomas, welcome aboard - I was so glad to see you finished up your statement with I am still learning here... because you have already learned a lot of wrong information!

Keep hanging around here and you will get the truth. We won't sugar coat anything, but you will get to hear from people you can know and trust that are still in the industry because we love what we do, and because we excel at it. Most of the trucking forums are platforms for people who just can't seem to figure out how to make a go of this career to whine and complain with unverifiable reports of how they were cheated by this company or that. Put on your thinking cap for just a minute and think about all the trucks you see out there on the road - there are a lot of drivers out there keeping this economy churning and burning. If you even think for a minute these companies are staying up late trying to figure out the next best way to cheat their drivers out of their pay you are simple indeed. They need their drivers bad, they want to do everything they can to keep good productive drivers on board.

You can make some good solid pay in this business. You are going to have to force yourself to stay away from the nay-saying web sites filled with malcontents. Those are the guys who couldn't keep up their end of the bargain, yet they are too cowardly to face up to the truth and think that if they can insult their former employers well enough that they will somehow apply some mystical balm to their immature egos. Truck driving is a serious job for serious people who don't mind working hard. The great thing about it is that somebody like Prime will give you a shot, and they will even pay all of the cost up front for you to start a new career. I think they are paying about 700 bucks a week now for training, and then they have got all the miles that you can handle once you get to the point of being in your own truck. They won't ever leave you sitting with no miles unless you prove to be unproductive.

Take a leisurely read through our Truck Driver's Career Guide, there's a wealth of great information in there that you will benefit from. Then learn about Company-Sponsored Training by following that link - If you can get an application sent off to someone like Prime, then call and make a follow up inquiry about the status of your application after a couple of days, you could very easily be on the bus on their dime in just a matter of a few short weeks to a promising career. That of course is provided you've got a good clean driving record and criminal record.

Take a look at those links I provided, and then jump back in here with any questions, and I'm sure you will get some good advice from the drivers and students in here.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Melisa M.'s Comment
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Is anyone going to Prime psd training in Missouri May 4th?

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Hey there I am schedule to start my PSD training in Missouri on May 4 too....

Where are you coming in from??? Will you be coming with any experience under your belt? Will you have your permit in hand when you arrive?

I am heading in from Dayton, OH planning to arrive on Sunday.......decided to skip the Greyhound ride and having a friend bring me in on

a little "road trip"! I am starting a whole new chapter in my life and leaving a career that I have been secure with for over 22 years......so had lots of OTR exposure with my mother being a trucker and ex-husband but never been the "driver"! I am still trying to decide if I should secure my permit before heading out or just study my A$$ off and be ready to bust it out once I get there.....any input is opening appreciated!!

Hope to see ya on May 4 Antonia!!!

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Nope I'm going up there with no Experience. I've been studying for my permit as well.. I kinda wanted to get it before I go but I think I'd do better If I'm actually in the truckers type of setting. I'm coming from augusta Ga I looked on line for what time greyhound leaves and it's gonna take awhile to get up there 😪 but I think around 1pm Sunday. I'm doing flatbed what about you?

I will be driving in on Saturday and staying in a local hotel for the night before checking in Sunday morning. I felt like that would give me a day to get myself organized and hopefully ahead of the game just a little.....my bus ride would have me traveling all night and arriving around 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning plus it would be a 12 hour trip vs. an easy drive less than 8 hours. I am going reefer due to my research on the downtime for flatbed vs. reefer.....which is just some basic Google search details.

I have been doing the High Road Training offered here and then taking some other practice test online which shows this training is definitely very helpful.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.
Thomas M.'s Comment
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Wish you all good luck and be safe on the road.. I be watching from the side line waiting for my chance very soon..😊

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