NETTTS Training 160 Or 540 Hours???

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Gary J.'s Comment
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Hey Folks, I'm new to the forum but have been reading it for the past month as part of my research for getting my Class A. It has been overwhelmingly informative and helpful. Not to mention addictive and entertaining!

So my question if anyone can help is about New England Tractor Trailer Training School (NETTTS) CDL A training program. They offer one that's 160 hours and another 540 hours. The 160 hour course is classified as an introduction while the 540 hour is classified as advanced. I called the school inquiring about the 2 programs, but just got a sales pitch from an admissions person that sounded like they didn't know what they were talking about. I plan on calling the school again but though I'd check here to see if anyone knows anything about the schools programs.

Other schools I've looked into in my area have been straight forward with answering my questions and actually spoke from the heart and not from there wallets. They offer 160 hour programs. I'm looking into all my local schooling options and NETTTS is accredited while the other schools are not. Is that important too, even though the same recruiters go to all the schools I've contacted? Thanks for any help! Be safe.


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.


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.
James U.'s Comment
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Hey Gary, I went to Netts back in 2010-feb 2011 in North Andover Ma. I took there 480 course which is now there 540 course My classes were every sat and sun plus wed night. What the 540 course gives you is so many hours in safety so many hours in mapping and drive hours they have you map a course across the U.S. without running out of hours and you have to figure out where to stop each night. you also get the basic about the permint test double trips and tanker tests for your endorsements later in they have a course on haz-mat and how to get that endorsement and other classes. after so many hours in the class room then you go to the yard and learn the manuvers and to drive for so many hours and learn the pre-trip (you start learning that in the classroom) Then they set up your lic. test. The 160 course your in the classroom to learn how to pass the permint test then put to the yard to learn the pre trip and manuvers and to drive. if you are not a fast learner this is not for you. I myself liked the 480 course because a got more out of it and it helped me a lot when I went otr with prime and my trainer.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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