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Wile E.'s Comment
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Is the school on the FMCSA's Training Provider Registry List? If they are not prior to Feb 7, 2022, you cannot take the CDL A skills test for your license.


Where do you find this list? I googled, and I see where to register on it, but I don't see the list itself. I'm curious if the school I wanted to go with is on it.

On that page where Training Providers register, scroll down past the ELDT? questions. There's a link to it as in the attached pic. It's an Excel spreadsheet, and you can filter it by state, etc.



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.


Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing


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.
Chris P.'s Comment
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Thanks Wile E. I'm sort of embarrassed I missed that. It's good news, however, they're on the list!

Wile E.'s Comment
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Thanks Wile E. I'm sort of embarrassed I missed that. It's good news, however, they're on the list!

No worries. I missed it the first time I glanced through the page, expecting the link to be more obvious instead of being where it was.

ChrisEMT's Comment
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Hello John C,

Seeing that you are from the Boston area, I am guessing that I know which school you are gong to (NETTTS), since I went to, and also taught there after coming off the road so I could be home every day.... I am hoping that you signed up for the 22 week course (which I did so I could be a well educated new driver), because the Somers, CT campus had an extensive classroom portion as well as a similar hands on portion on the training pad.... I suggest that you take advantage of their placement office and get as much info from recruiters that visit your school.... And a lot of major (mega) carriers offer tuition reimbursement programs that will repay your tuition up to the cost of the course (to a max of $7-10k depending on the company) over a period of time (1-5 years). I suggest that you stay with your first company for at least 1 year, then more doors will open for you....

Andrey's Comment
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I was a student at NETTTS in N Andover, a short class. The test never hsppened, MA stopped testing at that time for a while, I decided not to wait and signed up for a company training. Instructors were good, training time even better (as much as you want), but the trucks were really bad...

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