Anyone At Prime's PSD Orientation This Week?

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Terry C.'s Comment
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Hello all, I just wanted to see if anyone from this site is at Prime this week looking for a trainer. My first PSD tested out last week and did very well on the tests. He passed the pretrip and skills first time and had a trifecta going until the very LAST TURN coming into the exam parking lot when he cut off an oncoming truck coming out of Prime's truck gate. Examiner failed him turning into the lot. But he turned and passed the next day.

Long story short I'm headed off of home time tomorrow and looking for a new PSD. I should be there Friday. I know I may have some very stiff competition since I believe Daniel B and Ken are also going to be available for PSD's this week as well. (Haven't read an update from those two as to whether or not they actually made it to Springfield to get certified again.)

Daniel and Ken, if you are going thru certification this week I have a question: Something else happened on my PSD's drive test that I believe will be shared in the classes this week. I'm not going to share it on public forums. I think they'll be talking about it for weeks to come embarrassed.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.
Terry C.'s Comment
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Best Answer!

It won't be this weekend bit next. I got the call and email from recruiter today and plan on being in Springfield on the 22nd. I'm in NC so I'm hoping to get paired with a trainer from this area. We shall see.

Hey there David. Just to let you know, there is a good chance you may in fact get 2 different trainers. The first will be the PSD trainer that will train you to drive to pass the CDL exam. If things go well and he/she lives in your area, you may go ahead and do TNT training with that same trainer. If not, after you get your CDL you may get another trainer for TNT.

Also here's how getting hooked up with a trainer works from the trainer side: We get a list from the program of students that fit our criteria for training. IE smoker/non-smoker, male/female, geographical location, age and division student wants to train in and the PSD's phone numbers. From here the trainer will call and start "interviewing" prospective PSD's. If you don't get a call from a trainer earlier in the week, then the program will match you with somebody that fits both criteria on Friday.

Trainers going thru the CDL instructor program "should" be coming into the sim lab when PSD's are there and also hang around the smoking area or cafeteria talking to students during the week. If not you'll start seeing them on Thursday when PSD's and CDL instructors attend the pad class at Prime East.

There are quite a few trainers that only test PSD and others that only test TNT. The rest will do both. Myself, I'll only take a TNT if they live in Florida or southern Georgia. That way we can take home time as I like to go home at least every 21-28 days. I don't like being out any longer. But I'm a minority in that respect, it seems most others stay out much longer than I.

I should be in Springfield late Friday or early Saturday. If I can't get a load going there, I may wait until the next week to pick up another PSD or stay out 3 weeks solo and try again after my next home time.

Lastly I'll give you some friendly advice. Be careful as there seems to be a few trainers that may try and talk you into driving for them or drive their equipment after you get your CDL. My last PSD was hit up by 2 individuals promising higher pay and better freight if they drove their trucks and didn't go company. I'd be wary of these people. Unfortunately there are some "less than stellar" people that are trainers. If you feel there may be a conflict between your trainer and yourself, you have a right to ask for another. But don't be too picky. You may find yourself sitting longer waiting on a perfect fit that quite honestly may never get if you set your standards too high. I generally won't take a student that listens to rap music as I find hearing the "N" word and MF'er every other word is highly offensive. I won't do it again. Unless there's an agreement to never listen to the radio which I don't let happen the first few days anyway while the PSD is driving, no more rap music for me.

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.

David C.'s Comment
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It won't be this weekend bit next. I got the call and email from recruiter today and plan on being in Springfield on the 22nd. I'm in NC so I'm hoping to get paired with a trainer from this area. We shall see.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I'll start classes on the 15th but I'll probably arrive on the 13th or 14th.

Terry C.'s Comment
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Best Answer!

It won't be this weekend bit next. I got the call and email from recruiter today and plan on being in Springfield on the 22nd. I'm in NC so I'm hoping to get paired with a trainer from this area. We shall see.

Hey there David. Just to let you know, there is a good chance you may in fact get 2 different trainers. The first will be the PSD trainer that will train you to drive to pass the CDL exam. If things go well and he/she lives in your area, you may go ahead and do TNT training with that same trainer. If not, after you get your CDL you may get another trainer for TNT.

Also here's how getting hooked up with a trainer works from the trainer side: We get a list from the program of students that fit our criteria for training. IE smoker/non-smoker, male/female, geographical location, age and division student wants to train in and the PSD's phone numbers. From here the trainer will call and start "interviewing" prospective PSD's. If you don't get a call from a trainer earlier in the week, then the program will match you with somebody that fits both criteria on Friday.

Trainers going thru the CDL instructor program "should" be coming into the sim lab when PSD's are there and also hang around the smoking area or cafeteria talking to students during the week. If not you'll start seeing them on Thursday when PSD's and CDL instructors attend the pad class at Prime East.

There are quite a few trainers that only test PSD and others that only test TNT. The rest will do both. Myself, I'll only take a TNT if they live in Florida or southern Georgia. That way we can take home time as I like to go home at least every 21-28 days. I don't like being out any longer. But I'm a minority in that respect, it seems most others stay out much longer than I.

I should be in Springfield late Friday or early Saturday. If I can't get a load going there, I may wait until the next week to pick up another PSD or stay out 3 weeks solo and try again after my next home time.

Lastly I'll give you some friendly advice. Be careful as there seems to be a few trainers that may try and talk you into driving for them or drive their equipment after you get your CDL. My last PSD was hit up by 2 individuals promising higher pay and better freight if they drove their trucks and didn't go company. I'd be wary of these people. Unfortunately there are some "less than stellar" people that are trainers. If you feel there may be a conflict between your trainer and yourself, you have a right to ask for another. But don't be too picky. You may find yourself sitting longer waiting on a perfect fit that quite honestly may never get if you set your standards too high. I generally won't take a student that listens to rap music as I find hearing the "N" word and MF'er every other word is highly offensive. I won't do it again. Unless there's an agreement to never listen to the radio which I don't let happen the first few days anyway while the PSD is driving, no more rap music for me.

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.

Ken C.'s Comment
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I'll be back in Springfield the week of the 14th for classes

Ken C.

Ken C.'s Comment
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It won't be this weekend bit next. I got the call and email from recruiter today and plan on being in Springfield on the 22nd. I'm in NC so I'm hoping to get paired with a trainer from this area. We shall see.

Hurry Up, I'm from NC

Ken C

WATERBOY's Comment
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HI MY NAME IS ANDY AND IM ALSO STARTING THE 22ND I ALL READY HAVE MY CDL WITH X ENDORSMENT WHAT WILL I BE DOING TO GO SOLO HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE AND WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO HOPE TO SEE YA BRO GOOD LUCK

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.
Jessica A-M's Comment
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HI MY NAME IS ANDY AND IM ALSO STARTING THE 22ND I ALL READY HAVE MY CDL WITH X ENDORSMENT WHAT WILL I BE DOING TO GO SOLO HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE AND WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO HOPE TO SEE YA BRO GOOD LUCK

Hi, Andy.

First, can you turn off caps at all? When people type in all capitals, it stands for yelling.

Second, you've asked this question on a couple random threads so, you should read through this and research the company you're going to Prime Company Training Refesher courses are different, if that's what you're going for then your recruiter should be able to tell you what you'll need to do.

Good luck everyone!

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.
David C.'s Comment
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It won't be this weekend bit next. I got the call and email from recruiter today and plan on being in Springfield on the 22nd. I'm in NC so I'm hoping to get paired with a trainer from this area. We shall see.

double-quotes-end.png

Hey there David. Just to let you know, there is a good chance you may in fact get 2 different trainers. The first will be the PSD trainer that will train you to drive to pass the CDL exam. If things go well and he/she lives in your area, you may go ahead and do TNT training with that same trainer. If not, after you get your CDL you may get another trainer for TNT.

Also here's how getting hooked up with a trainer works from the trainer side: We get a list from the program of students that fit our criteria for training. IE smoker/non-smoker, male/female, geographical location, age and division student wants to train in and the PSD's phone numbers. From here the trainer will call and start "interviewing" prospective PSD's. If you don't get a call from a trainer earlier in the week, then the program will match you with somebody that fits both criteria on Friday.

Trainers going thru the CDL instructor program "should" be coming into the sim lab when PSD's are there and also hang around the smoking area or cafeteria talking to students during the week. If not you'll start seeing them on Thursday when PSD's and CDL instructors attend the pad class at Prime East.

There are quite a few trainers that only test PSD and others that only test TNT. The rest will do both. Myself, I'll only take a TNT if they live in Florida or southern Georgia. That way we can take home time as I like to go home at least every 21-28 days. I don't like being out any longer. But I'm a minority in that respect, it seems most others stay out much longer than I.

I should be in Springfield late Friday or early Saturday. If I can't get a load going there, I may wait until the next week to pick up another PSD or stay out 3 weeks solo and try again after my next home time.

Lastly I'll give you some friendly advice. Be careful as there seems to be a few trainers that may try and talk you into driving for them or drive their equipment after you get your CDL. My last PSD was hit up by 2 individuals promising higher pay and better freight if they drove their trucks and didn't go company. I'd be wary of these people. Unfortunately there are some "less than stellar" people that are trainers. If you feel there may be a conflict between your trainer and yourself, you have a right to ask for another. But don't be too picky. You may find yourself sitting longer waiting on a perfect fit that quite honestly may never get if you set your standards too high. I generally won't take a student that listens to rap music as I find hearing the "N" word and MF'er every other word is highly offensive. I won't do it again. Unless there's an agreement to never listen to the radio which I don't let happen the first few days anyway while the PSD is driving, no more rap music for me.

Hey Terry,

Thanks for the heads up on the shady drivers. I have been around a little bit, at 48 yrs old i have been around a few shady people in my time and i'm not quick to be taken in and usually research things before jumping in with both feet. In fact i'm starting to have second thoughts about Prime. I'm reading on here that solo company drivers are issued the small cramped trucks (LW) and i'm not sure that's for me. I was assuming i would have a larger space if i was going to be out so long. I guess I have some more thinking to do.

Thanks again for the heads up

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.

David C.'s Comment
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It won't be this weekend bit next. I got the call and email from recruiter today and plan on being in Springfield on the 22nd. I'm in NC so I'm hoping to get paired with a trainer from this area. We shall see.

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Hurry Up, I'm from NC

Ken C

Hey Ken, I'm about an hour or so northwest of Huntersville, Burke County. I'm scheduled to be in Springfield Next Monday. sending my number via pm

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