Truck Driver Training

Truck Driver Training Guidesheet

Truck Driver Training Certificate

What is Truck Driver Training?

The Truck Driver Training Program at IVCC combines classroom theory and hands-on experience that leads to a Class A commercial driver’s license. Students learn the basic skills to become a safe, professional truck driver that will enable the student to secure an entry-level position in the trucking industry.  During  class students will learn to turn with 53 foot trailer, shifting a 10 speed manual semi, yard skills and pre-trip inspection. IVCC TDT meets all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Entry Level Driver Training.

Program Options

Illinois Valley Community College’s Truck Driver Training Program, TDT 1201 (theory instruction) and 1202 (behind-the-wheel driving) is completed in 160 hours. After the completion of the required hours and road test at the DMV, you will receive a Certificate in Truck Driver Training and Commercial Driver's License.

Equipment Refresher course is available to students that have held a Class CDL in the past ten years and need to practice before retesting.  This course is one week long (40 Hours).  A road test with IVCC's instructor is required to qualify for this program.

Training benefits of IVCC include: One semi and one instructor to three students. Night Classes are 6 weeks long, Monday through Friday from 5:00PM—10:00PM Day classes are 4 weeks long, Monday through Friday from 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Steps to Prepare for Enrollment:

  • Get Class A Commercial Driving Permit. You do not need to get this on your own.  We have Permit Theory class to watch videos, take practice tests and schedule time to get your permit.
  • Get a DOT Physical and Drug Test
  • Obtain a copy of your Motor Vehicle Record
  • Have tuition or financial aid in place before enrolling.


Truck Driver Training cost $4,035.00, paid upon enrollment.

Ways to pay for IVCC Truck Driver Program:

  • Veteran and National Guard Grants.     
  • B.E.S.T. has tuition assistance available for those that are unemployed or underemployed.
  • The Advanced Proficiency Certificate (6 college credits required) allows use of Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA).
  • NELNET payment plan is available with an $800 down payment upon enrollment and six monthly payments thereafter. 

Call TDT Administrative Assistant, Patricia Glade at 815-224-0265 for information. Enrollment is based on completion of Permit Theory Class and copy of DMV Class A Permit.

 Careers in Truck Driving

 Find out more about Truck Driving Careers at Search Truck Driver.



 Inspecting Truck

What truck drivers do

  • Load and unload cargo or passengers
  • Verify load against shipping papers
  • Keep records of receipts
  • Deliver cargo to grain elevators, barges, trains, businesses, job sites, loading docks
  • Remove snow from streets
  • Perform daily pre-trip inspection


Truck Drivers are in high demand.  Students can choose the type of work wanted,  local, regional and over-the-road. Local government jobs in state, city and townships have positions open. Unions hire on CDL license holders for high demand fields of electrical lineman, construction and iron workers. Farmers and Ag businesses have seasonal positions available.  Current list of CDL job openings available to past and current students.

Program details and schedule

Program Contact



Tom Nestler

Program Coordinator
Office: H-100
(815) 224-0266

Patricia Glade

Truck Driver Training Administrative Assistant

Office: H-100