Truck Driver Training

Truck Driver Training Guidesheet

Truck Driver Training Certificate

What is Truck Driver Training?

A truck driver transports goods, hazardous materials and various commodities nationwide. The truck driver training program at IVCC combines classroom presentation and hands-on experience that leads to a Class A commercial driver’s license with all endorsements. You will gain the basic skills to become a safe, professional truck driver that will enable you to secure an entry-level position in the trucking industry.  

Program Options

Illinois Valley Community College’s Truck Driver Training Program, TDT 1201 (classroom instruction) and 1202 (behind-the-wheel driving) is completed in 160 hours. After the completion of the required courses, you will receive a Certificate in Truck Driver Training.

Four additional Certificates are also available:

Features of the Program

Maximum of 6 students per class: 1 instructor to 3 students for outside equipment training. Day classes are 4 weeks long, and  meet Monday through Friday from 8:00AM - 4:30PM.  Night Classes are 6 weeks long, and meet Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m.—10:00 p.m. You will gain valuable experience in behind the wheel training, log book and mapping skills, backing, shifting and maneuvering skills.


The IVCC Truck driver Program accepts Veteran and National Guard Grants, Workforce Investment Act Grants and various tuition reimbursement programs. The Advanced Proficiency Certificate makes use of 6 qualified college credits and the Truck Driver Training Program combined in order to make use of Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). We also have a payment plan through the NELNET program. More information is available at Call Program Coordinator, Thomas Nestler at 815-224-0266 for an appointment.

 Careers in Truck Driving

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

TDT Classroom Instruction


 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


You can work for various trucking companies: local, regional and over-the-road. There are state, city and township positions. Many unions now require CDL licenses, especially the electrical unions for lineman positions. Local farmers and other farming related industries have mainly seasonal positions. 

Program details and schedule

Program Contact



Tom Nestler

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

 Audrey Moreno

Truck Driver Training Administrative Assistant

Office: H-100