Corporate and Community Education

Truck Driver Training

ICC’s Truck Driver Training Program will prepare you for a career which offers independence and a salary that may range from $35,000 to over $75,000. Our expert instructors will help you master the skills necessary to successfully pass the Illinois Secretary of State’s Class A road test as well as learn the Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations, endorsement preparation, logbook protocol, and map reading and trip planning.

You’ll Learn:

  • Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations
  • Endorsement preparation
  • Logbook protocol
  • Map reading and trip planning

You’ll also get complete training on an 18-wheeler. At the end of the course, you’ll take the Illinois Secretary of State’s Class A road test.

Once you have completed the program, you may be recruited by local and/or regional companies. Because of our excellent reputation in the industry and the network of potential employers, it is common for our new drivers to earn a position within a short time of finishing. See for yourself in the following videos:

Requirements

A high school diploma or GED is not required. Individuals must be able to read and write the English language, be over 21, be able to meet the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) physical requirements, and have a valid regular driver’s license at the time of registration. The program may train individuals ages 18 and over. However, there is limited job placement assistance for individuals under the age of 21.

The following may disqualify individuals:
1. Driving record inconsistent with industry standard for entry level driving positions.
2. Any alcohol-related violations on motor vehicle record in the past three years.
3. Recent felony convictions or criminal background.
4. History of drug or alcohol abuse.
5. History of mental disorder.
6. Permanent disability or physical limitations.

It is recommended that individuals obtain a copy of their Motor Vehicle Report ($12) from the Secretary of State’s Office (Driver’s License Bureau) prior to starting the program.

Illinois Central College has a ZERO TOLERANCE stance on drugs and alcohol. While in truck driver training class, students will be in a consortium-based random drug and alcohol testing program.

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 & ROAD SKILLS (120 hours)

  • Pre-trip Inspection
  • Couple/Uncouple
  • Straight Backing
  • 45 Degree Backing
  • 90 Degree Backing
  • Parallel Parking
  • Blind Side Backing
  • Serpentine Backing
  • Shifting
  • Double Clutching
  • Turns
  • Hazard Perception
  • Uphill/Downhill
  • Ramps
  • Lane Changes
  • Space Management
  • Secretary of State Class A Skill Test

Schedule

All classes are held Monday – Friday.

February 17 – March 13, 2020 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
March 9 – April 3, 2020 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
March 9 – May 1, 2020 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
March 30 – April 24, 2020 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
April 20 – May 15, 2020 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
May 11 – June 8, 2020 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
May 11 – July 7, 2020 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
June 1 – June 26, 2020 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
June 22 – July 20, 2020 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
July 13 – August 7, 2020 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
July 13 – September 4, 2020 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
August 3 – August 28, 2020 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
August 24 – September 21, 2020 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
September 14 – October 9, 2020 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
September 14 – November 6, 2020 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
October 5 – October 30, 2020 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
October 26 – November 20, 2020 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
November 16 – December 15, 2020 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Cost

Tuition

$4,225.00 (160 clock hours)

  • DOT Physical/Drug Screening (approximately $80)
  • HazMat Endorsement – if applicable ($86.50 for fingerprinting and background check)
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) “Smart Card” ($129.75) – if applicable

PAYMENT METHODS

  • Personal financing such as a bank loan or credit-based loan.
  • MasterCard, Visa, or Discover
  • WIA – Contact your local Workforce office to see if you qualify for Workforce Investment Act funding.
  • VA Benefits – If you feel you are eligible contact your local VA representative.

REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAMS
Many trucking companies participate in tuition reimbursement programs. Please call (309) 694-8555 for more details.

REFUND POLICY
Withdrawal with refund must occur by the end of the second day the class meets.

Auxiliary Courses

Refresher Course

Designed to facilitate driver’s ability to regain entry into the trucking industry when they have been away a little too long to meet hiring criteria.

  • Must have CDL-A license.
  • Content is based on skills demonstrated through a Vehicular Skills Evaluation given prior to admittance into the course.
  • DOT physical and drug screen required.

Transition Course

Designed to assist drivers relocating to Illinois with an out-of-state CDL-A license to learn and pass necessary criteria. Truck is supplied by ICC for the behind-the-wheel test with Secretary of State Driver Bureau.

  • Content based on Vehicular Skills Evaluation.
  • Prepare for written exam.
  • Learn pre-trip skills.
  • Road Test
  • DOT physical & Drug Screen required.

Two Day Hazmat Training Course

Designed to teach importance of proper knowledge and procedure when working with HazMat materials.

  • Need to have copy of TSA clearance for fingerprint and background check prior to training for proof of commercial use.
  • Emphasis on Federal Guidelines.
  • Prepare student for HazMat Endorsement Test

Two Day Pre-Trip Inspection

Designed to fulfill CSA 2010* requirements and protocols.

  • Learning and identifying proper names of truck parts.
  • Pre-trip protocols taught only. Some study involved.

*Comprehensive Safety Accountability

Weather Closings or Delayed Openings
Notice of a decision to close or delay opening all ICC facilities will be communicated as quickly as possible by local radio/TV stations and postings to the icc.edu