I have read a lot of things about NETTTS. A lot negative, some positive.
I can tell you as a graduate of NETTTS the truth is some where in between. It has been over a year or so that I graduated and got my CDL but my guess is that things haven't changed.The course is 6 months long (give or take) and costs over 9,000 dollars for the full course. This seems totally unreasonable to me now. At the time though I was so hyped up on the line of *** the recruiter sold me I couldn't sign those papers fast enough.
Being broke and recently laid off my choice of schools was limited. NETTTS is the only school for a CDL I know of that you can get financial aid through. Other schools in the area like United and Tri-state want 5,000 for their 8 week course. I didnt have that money up front so NETTTS was the only option for a CDL.
They had me and they knew it. The first 3 months or so was classroom. I read in another post here that the teachers gave them the answers and that part is 100% true. They give you the answers because they know the class room is just sh*t that NETTTS does to stay accredited so they are able to offer those student loans.
Other than the first 2 weeks of permit prep the rest was useless. Your classroom consists of watching movies, reading from a book...and watching more movies. No not all of the movies are classroom related. I heard this called "filler" I call it a huge waste of time.
I can watch TV at home. After the class room was over you go out in to the field. The field is a lopsided, hilly, badly paved, excuse for a parking lot. Your only protection from the elements is the clothing you are wearing and maybe a tarp...maybe.
The equipment isn't great. Its even worse if you are a Massachusetts student. At the Somers, CT. NETTTS there is a huge difference between the quality of equipment for MA and CT students.
There is even a difference in the part of the field you practice on. Massachusetts gets the a** end of the field. I have seen better parking lots at Walmart. Being a CT student I was lucky and didn't have to deal with it.
I'm not blind however and people do talk. The instructors seem to be a hotly debated topic so I will throw in my 2 cents. In the classroom some of them will bore you to tears. Some of them are awesome and keep things interesting and fun.
It's really the luck of the draw. To be fair to the classroom guys though they are just trying to burn time with some half A** curriculum that is a bad joke. Useless at best.Out on the field some of the instructors really do care. You can see it.
They try their best to teach you on *** equipment in a parking lot that hasn't been paved since 1968. The lines and dashes they teach you to do the maneuvers by are faded and a lot of times can barely be seen. The good instructors work through the garbage and you will learn how to get this CDL. Other instructors really don't care at all.
They act like they are doing you a favor by being there. No, I paid almost 10k for you to be here and I expect to be treated like a human being not some cattle that you are pushing through the slaughter house. Who are you to belittle people and make them feel like they are not good enough to do this? That they will never learn how to do this?
Lets be honest here this is NOT rocket science.The field is where I saw the majority of people quit. I can't tell you why they all quit. Just one day they wouldn't come back. It happened more often than you would think.
If you quit once you hit the field you will still owe the FULL amount of your loan. So think twice about this decision. If you make it past the classroom you are locked in to that loan. The shifting drills were horrible.
I think you go out on 4 of them. From what I remember I would rather be castrated with a rusty spoon than do that again. Seems to me there would be a better way to teach people how to shift other than shoving 4 of them and an instructor in the truck and going out for 4 hours. I never met anyone that enjoyed them.
1 on 1 time is pretty good. In my opinion that's how shifting drills should be done. You would think for the money that's not asking a lot and would probably be way more beneficial. I know that's how they do it at United in Chicopee, MA.
and since I brought up United I know they get you out on the road every day. NETTTS does not. I know these things because I have a friend that got his CDL through United and he still laughs at me for going to NETTTS. Thats what happens when you don't plan for these things.
You take what you can get and NETTTS was all that I could afford...and no I am not a corporate shill for United. Just putting the information out there. What happens after I get my CDL you might ask. You think you are going to forever be secure in a great high paying job?
That's what the recruiters tell you. Not just NETTTS recruiters mind you. All of these CDL schools preach the same thing. This could be true.
CDL drivers are in demand. Just not local drivers right out of school. OTR is an acronym that you will become all to familiar with. OTR stands for "Over The Road" and over the road means TV dinners, public bathrooms and showers, laundry mats, and living like some kind of weird homeless person/hobo hybrid.
The only difference is you have money...after awhile. You do not break in to this industry making crazy amounts of money unless you know someone. You do not get a local job unless you know someone or are extremely lucky. Local usually means driving a Class B truck for somewhere between $13-$16 an hour.
Once again maybe more if you are lucky or you know someone. Unless you have at least 6 months OTR with a reputable company local companies wont even look at you. I was told it is because of their insurance. So they pay less on their insurance premiums because they hire experienced drivers...how do the companies that NETTTS and other schools have you fill out applications for afford to hire new drivers right out of school?
That money has to come from some where right? They can afford to do it because they don't pay you sh*t. They can do this because they know you have no other alternative. It's OTR or forget it.
Don't believe me? Go ahead and call around to some local companies. OTR is not for everyone. It might be great if your young, single and want to pay for sexual favors at truck stops.
Any chance of what most would consider a normal life is shot to h*ll. Know this before you decide to get a CDL.To sum up my opinion of Nettts...1) It is over priced for what you get and it takes far longer than it really needs to. 2)It is not in the best financial interests of NETTTS to tell you that OTR is really the only viable option for a new student to drive a CDL A truck...so they don't tell you. 3)NETTTS does not teach you how to drive.
They teach you how to get a CDL License. That's why when you do take a job with one of those companies there is a training period of any where from 4 days to 2 weeks. I strongly suggest you take the 2 week one. Because even after 6 or 7 months of school you really don't know sh*t.4) The field is garbage and really should be repaved and the lines and dashes should be painted a lot more often.
5) The equipment is not good but it will get the job done. 6) Some of the instructors should really be shown the door. Some people are just not meant to teach other people. Educate yourself about this industry, about NETTTS, and about all the other schools in the area before you make the decision to get a CDL.
Take the time to go and talk to all of them. Go to a truck stop and talk to some drivers. They love to talk to anyone who will listen because they are all so *** lonely.
I can not stress it enough EDUCATE YOURSELF!
Product or Service Mentioned: New England Tractor Trailer Training School Driving Instructor.