My NEW driver training at Prime!

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by FamilyMan2013, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. pokerhound67

    pokerhound67 Heavy Load Member

    Oct 30, 2012
    thank you for the will go on my list of places for a newbie looking for a school to consider. sounds like a deal. of course the pay means nothing if you dont get the miles, but thats kind of a crap shoot no matter where you decide to go, and ive heard mostly good things about prime in general anyhow.
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  3. DragonTamerBrat

    DragonTamerBrat Road Train Member

    Jun 6, 2011
    It's been about 18 months. So, I can't remember exactly, but they will have a package of stuff you will get from Prime store, and it's about $600. Prime goes with the premise that if you buy the stuff, YOU take care that it doesn't disappear. I know that chains and load locks are a part of that. Prime would NOT have started this policy if so many chains, etc. hadn't come up mysteriously "missing". Yes, some companies will provide them. And, no, Prime does not. If you don't use the chains, you can sell them back if/when you leave. You can sell the load locks back also.
  4. SatelliteSender

    SatelliteSender Bobtail Member

    Feb 22, 2012
    Las Vegas

    If you choose to let Prime "pay the training bill" when will the one year contractual commitment start/end?


  5. AZS

    AZS Honk if anything falls off

    Sep 30, 2010
    PHX, AZ
    good deal for the lightweight tractor, what's the situation with the 58 mph trucks?
  6. FamilyMan2013

    FamilyMan2013 Bobtail Member

    Feb 12, 2013

    For me, the countdown began my second day here. Yesterday (My second day here) Is when my contract start date begun.
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  7. FamilyMan2013

    FamilyMan2013 Bobtail Member

    Feb 12, 2013

    In my opinion Prime is a GREAT deal while in training and after you graduate and go solo.....or team. Like I mentioned in previous post... everyone else I called, starting pay is at the most .27cpm for the first year. Do the math! Listed below is what you get at Prime. Paid training and what you get paid kinda makes it a no brainer!

    This is what was sent to me after I completed my application.


    If you want an amazing recruiter, don't forget to P.M. me so I can get you her contact info! Get this info BEFORE you apply online!!!

    Class A CDL Training Program

    · We pay your Greyhound bus ticket to Springfield, MO.
    · 4 days of Orientation Tuesday thru Friday (Paid Hotel and 3 meals per day during Orientation)
    · Over the road instruction with a Prime Instructor for 10,000 miles (approximately 2-3 weeks) and Prime advances $200 weekly
    · Over the road training with a Prime Trainer for 30,000 miles and $600 (or 12cpm whichever is greater). $25 is deducted weekly for advances if used.

    Starting Pay
    · Reefer
    o After training $.36cpm+$.05cpm for lightweight tractor= $.41cpm
    o You may add another $.05cpm for NE Regional
    · Flatbed
    o After training start at $.38cpm
    · Tanker
    o After training starts at $.43cpm

    At orientation you will need:
    · $100 non-refundable deposit
    o If getting your permit while at Prime you will need an additional $50 and be ready to take the permit test the day after you arrive. This is self-study.
    · A state issued Birth Certificate or Passport
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  8. FamilyMan2013

    FamilyMan2013 Bobtail Member

    Feb 12, 2013
    Now I have to get to my practice test located on this website for Haz/Mat.......gotta get my study and skills practice on!

    I'll talk to you guys and gals later tonite!
  9. urgefan77

    urgefan77 Light Load Member

    Aug 29, 2012
    When you test out, is this done at Prime by the instructors? Or do you go to a state testing station?
  10. ironpony

    ironpony Road Train Member

    Sep 23, 2007
    Ask my GPS...
    The year starts when you pass your upgrade test after you finish training.

    All CDL testing is overseen by MODOT.

    80,000 lb trucks get crappy fuel mileage at 65, and even worse mileage with a new driver at the wheel. Fuel is the number one controllable cost in trucking, and the way to keep it in check is to slow down. 58 on the pedal, 62 on cruise. We're here to make money, not to stroke your ego.

    Please read the entire "What to Expect..." thread docked at the top of the Prime forum.
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  11. Antiochevans

    Antiochevans Bobtail Member

    Sep 25, 2012
    I have my CDL but no otr experience. Was wondering how prime would start me out. Central Fla. resident. Thanks
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