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If you’re ready to become a professional truck driver, this is where you start! The Prime Training Program will help you earn your Class A Commercial Driver’s License. Learn everything you need to know to pass your CDL Exam and become a safe, successful truck driver through our program. Now is the time to move forward with an exciting career as a Prime truck driver!
If you commit to driving for Prime for one year after obtaining your Class A CDL, your only cost is a one-time entry fee of $100 plus permit costs. Prime covers your transportation to get to orientation as well as hotel accommodations and 3 meals per day during orientation.
Already have a CDL? We’ve got a training option for you, too! See if you qualify for CDL tuition reimbursement. Learn more about Prime’s Recent CDL Graduate Program.
Our Prime Training Program takes you from your first day inside a truck to your first day as a full-time truck driver and beyond. It only costs a $100 entry fee plus permit costs to start as long as you drive for Prime for 1 year after obtaining your CDL.
Attend orientation at Prime’s Orientation Facility in Springfield, MO; Pittston, PA; or Salt Lake City, UT and pay a $100 entry fee. Prime provides bus transportation to orientation as well as 3 meals per day and hotel accommodations during orientation. Experience hands-on, computer-based, and simulator training.
Obtain the Class A Learner's permit in your home state prior to orientation.
Train with a CDL instructor with your permit for 2 to 4 weeks and experience a 1-to-1 student to instructor ratio.
Receive a $200 per week loan to spend on food and living costs during this phase of training.
Run real loads across the country with your instructor to develop the skills needed to pass the CDL exam.
Return to Springfield, MO; Pittston, PA; or Salt Lake City, UT to take the final state CDL exam, which includes vehicle inspection, backing skills, and road test. Once you pass the CDL exam and obtain your Class A CDL, you will be eligible to be hired as a company driver for Prime.
Earn a $250 bonus if you pass the CDL exam on your first attempt (aka "trifecta")!
Obtain a minimum of 50,000 training miles with your TNT Trainer after you earn your Class A CDL.
Before 40,000 miles is reached, you will be paid $700/week guarantee as long as you are available for dispatch.
After 40,000 training miles is reached until upgrade, you will be paid $800/week guarantee as long
as you are available for dispatch.
Once the minimum mileage goal is met, you will become eligible for review for upgrade.
Drivers will be selected for upgrade into their own truck based on factors including equipment availability, service, safety, and performance.
Prime was founded in 1970 and has been helping new drivers earn their Class A CDL since 2002. There are many perks to joining Prime as a new driver in the industry. We offer the support and equipment to get you started on the right foot in trucking.
Once you get your CDL, you’ll earn a minimum guarantee per week while completing 50,000 team miles with your trainer.
Prime’s 1:1 trainee-to-instructor ratio means you get the attention you deserve while learning the skills needed to get your CDL and succeed as a Prime driver.
Once you get your CDL, you will be eligible to be hired on as a company driver and earn money while completing your training miles.
No worries about what to eat or where to stay! Lodging and 3 meals per day are provided during orientation.