Prime Truck Driver Career Path

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PRIME STUDENT DRIVER (PSD) PROGRAM

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. Then you can enter our program with guaranteed pay!


Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  1. Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  2. Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  3. 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

  1. Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  2. Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  3. Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

Pass Final CDL Skills Test / 30,000 miles

  1. In Springfield, pass final state CDL exam.
  2. Obtain CDL with HazMat endorsement.
  3. Receive certification and begin as a “B2” company driver trainee.
  4. Earn 12¢ per mile ($600 per week guaranteed).
  5. Complete additional 30,000 miles toward total 40,000 mile goal. (10,000 miles + 30,000 miles = 40,000 miles completed)

ACE Orientation / 40,000 miles

  1. Take ACE Orientation at Prime Training Center.
  2. Pass upgrade skills test and get into own truck.
  3. Earn 37¢ per mile ($750 to $850 per week) or 42¢ per mile in our ECO49 trucks ($850 to $1000 per week).
  4. Eligible for Success Leasing Truck or Company Driver position. Required: No accidents & must complete ACE, Driving Skills Test and Smith System.

If you have obtained a CDL from an outside school, you will go straight to our Company Driver Orientation and then train with a TNT Trainer for a total of 40,000 miles. You will receive a minimum of $500 per week for the first 5 weeks and a minimum of $600 per week for the remainder of your training.

*Recent graduates from other schools may qualify for tuition reimbursement of $250 per month for up to 6 months.

 

Apprenticeship CDL Instruction

With Prime Inc.'s paid truck driving school, you can start on the road to success with no prior driving experience! And furthermore, you're learning from the best in the business, Prime Certified CDL Instructors!

Best of all, there is no cost if you stay for a full year! Here's how it works:

Begin your Apprenticeship

You can begin your apprenticeship without a CDL. Prime's Driver Training Program takes you through the following:

  • Obtain your CDL learner's permit on-site.
  • Once you've earned your CDL learner's permit, you will then drive over the road training with a CDL instructor (Prime has a 1-to-1 student/instructor ratio)
  • Take your CDL test.

Once you graduate from Prime's student driver program and obtain your Commercial Driver's License (CDL), you will then be scheduled for Prime's new-hire orientation. At this point, you will be considered a "B" seat driver and credited 10,000 miles towards your training mileage requirements.

"B" Class

  • Continue Team training until you complete approximately 40,000 total miles (10,000 credited miles included in this number)
  • Attend Classroom instruction at Prime's Training Center
  • Earn the greater of 12 cents per mile or $600 per week*
    * = if available to work 7 days a week.

"A" Seat

Once you reach this point, you will be eligible to run your own company assigned truck or you may elect to lease a truck from the lease company and run it in the Prime network as an Independent Contractor in Reefer, Tanker, or Flatbed.

Note: If you have driving experience, you may transition into our career path with less training needed. This is specified by our safety department; please ask a recruiter where you qualify.

Qualifications

To enter either program, you must meet the following:

Qualifications for CDL Holders:

  • No failed or refused drug or alcohol test in the last three years (this includes DWI's, DUI's and BAC's).
  • No reckless driving convictions in the last three years.
  • No license suspension for points in the last three years.
  • No more than three moving violations during the last year.
  • Must have no more than four moving violations and / or accidents during the last three years.

Qualifications for Applicants into our CDL Program:

  • No failed or refused drug or alcohol test in the last four years (this includes DWI's, DUI's and BAC's).
  • No reckless driving convictions in the last three years.
  • No license suspension for points in the last three years.
  • No more than two moving violations during the last year.
  • Must have no more than three moving violations and / or accidents during the last three years.

Start your career with Prime Inc. today and you'll be on the road to success before you know it! Don't settle for less; earn money while you learn from the best!

Fill out our truck driver application or call 1-877-PRIME-JOB!

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