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CDL - Truck Driver Training

Designed for individuals with little or no commercial driving experience, the program includes everything you need to receive a Commercial Driver's License. The program is located at 231 E. Broadway (the Hoover Building) in Bradley.

4- and 8-week programs

The program can be completed in four weeks by attending full-time, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The part-time evening program can be completed in eight weeks, Monday through Friday, 6-10 p.m. You are required to complete 30 hours of home study during the program. You will receive the following:

  • Department of Transportation physical
  • Commercial Driver's License learner's permit and endorsement preparation
  • Department of Transportation rules and regulations and log books
  • Instruction in map reading and trip planning
  • Complete vehicle training to prepare you for an entry-level position in the trucking industry

In addition, the program includes the Illinois Secretary of State administered Class A road test.

Trucking companies often pre-hire students

The KCC Truck Driver Training Program works with many trucking companies that will pre-hire students. The fact is, truck driving is one of the few occupations where you are almost certain to go to work immediately following training. Most students receive several job offers prior to completion of their program.

You can register any time. Full-time programs start every month. Part-time programs start every eight to 10 weeks. Training is scheduled around holidays and interruptions caused by weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Course outline

Classroom - 40 hours

  • Orientation
  • CDL permit study
  • Endorsement study
  • Job procurement
  • Log book, hours of service
  • Map reading, trip planning
  • DOT regulations
  • Hazard perception
  • Night operation
  • Extreme driving conditions
  • Railroad crossing safety
  • Accident reports
  • Double trailers

Yard and road skills - 120 hours

  • Pre-trip inspection
  • Couple-uncouple
  • Straight backing
  • 45 degree backing
  • 90 degree backing
  • Parallel parking
  • Blindside backing
  • Serpentine backing
  • Shifting
  • Double clutching
  • Turns
  • Hazard perception
  • Uphill/downhill
  • Ramps
  • Lane changes
  • Space management
  • Secretary of State Class A Skills Test

Program entry requirements

A high school diploma or GED is not required. You must be able to read and write in English, be over age 21, be able to meet the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) physical requirements, and have a valid driver's license at the time of registration. Although you may train if you are 18 or older, there is limited job placement assistance for individuals under age of 21. You are required to fill out job applications.

Reasons which might lead to program disqualification

  • Driving record inconsistent with industry
  • Any alcohol-related violations or motor vehicle record in the past three years
  • Recent felony convictions or criminal background
  • History of drug or alcohol abuse
  • History of mental disorder
  • Permanent disability or physical limitations

It is recommended that you obtain a copy of you Motor Vehicle Report from the Secretary of State's Office (Drivers License Bureau) prior to starting the program. 

Course fee

160-hour tractor/trailer driver training is $3,795, including books and supplies. The Illinois Class A licensing fee is an additional $50-$60 depending on endorsements chosen.

Payment methods

  • Personal financing/loans -- Bank loan, loans from family, loans from life insurance or refinancing an existing loan
  • PLATO -- A private bank that specializes in credit-based educational loans
  • MasterCard, VISA or Discover
  • WIA -- Contact our local Workforce Office to see if you qualify for WIA (Workforce Investment Act) funds

 

Refund policy

Withdrawal with refund (less any expenses incurred) must occur by the end of the second day the class meets.

Starting dates

New classes starting every month.

More information

For additional information or to register, call 815-932-0211 or email cdl@kcc.edu.