Headed To Springfield To Start Class To Become A Trainer

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Terry C.'s Comment
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I'll be going to Prime Springfield this weekend to start class to get certified to become a cdl trainer, which starts Monday 5/4.

I was hoping to get some time with the new truck I'll be getting since I've been in a lightweight the past 9 months but no dice.

The last time I trained anyone to drive tractor/trailer was 96-97. I helped a few guys get their cdl at a company I worked for in Sacramento. Now I'm older and wiser and should have much better things to teach.

Anyone that's done training for Prime wanna give me some helpful tips? Daniel? =) Were you making better money with a student or less? What does the cdl training class entail? My FM has told me nothing about it. How much classroom vs pad time will I get? Any insight is appreciated =)

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.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey that's really cool Terry!

I can't tell you much about Prime's "train the trainer" program but I'm anxious to hear how things go out there for ya. No punching people in the face, ok?

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Jerry R.'s Comment
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Please keep us posted I've wanting to do training myself not just for the extra pay but more on teaching thanks n best of luck

Terry C.'s Comment
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Hey that's really cool Terry!

I can't tell you much about Prime's "train the trainer" program but I'm anxious to hear how things go out there for ya. No punching people in the face, ok?

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Haha nice Brett!! Aside from one unfortunate instance I'm very anti confrontational. It may not seem like it on the forums here but I have allot of patience with training. I wouldn't enter in to training if it was something I didn't think I could handle well.

I will make a post of primes tnt training for future reference since you asked Jerry. =)

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 14ยข 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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Pay wise:

I make more money in a LW driving solo. The fact is that you're losing .5cpm but getting 300$ per week when you have a student in the truck. For me, that .5cpm usually gives me more than 300$ per week. Also, a student cannot drive the miles that you as an experienced driver can, so your mileage will likely drop slightly especially since you have to make time for backing/pretrip practice.

Everyday will be longer for you. You'll spend four times more time inspecting than you would when you were solo. Your workload will increase.

The only actual profit I see is if your student trifectas and the bonuses you make when they go solo, 6months/1 year at Prime. But if your student doesn't pass on his first attempt then you'll have to sit all day practicing more which makes for a completely wasted day. All in all, I think it's only a profit when the stars align perfectly. Otherwise it's not worth the hassle, work, and the extra risk involved.

Just being honest here :)

Your week of training will be 80% classroom and on the last day you'll spend some time on the pad with the students.

I don't do it right now but might when the program opens up in SLC. It is a nice break from having to drive all the time.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Old School's Comment
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Daniel, I realize you're a truck driver, and therefore probably have no integrity, but how is .05 cpm netting you more than 300 dollars a week confused.gif

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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how is .05 cpm netting you more than 300 dollars a week

.05 cents per mile x 6000 miles per week = $300 ...... drivin like a boss & makin coin!

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CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Old School's Comment
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I just thought I was good, that boy is kicking it!

Brian M.'s Comment
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How could that be done. Max I have been able to drive a day is approximately 640 miles before my clock runs out on an 11 hour drive day. And that is when the shipping and receiving gods are in alignment. Not to mention traffic. 640 x 7 4480. I know I'll never get 7 solid days though. Sorry just adding

Brian M.'s Comment
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Terry good luck on mentoring new drivers with Prime. If it's something you think you'll be good at and it seems to me you have the right reasons for doing it . I wish you well

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