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 presentation 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.  

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 hours and road test at the DMV, you will receive a Certificate in Truck Driver Training and Commerical Driver's License.

Four additional Certificates are also available:

Features of the Program

Six students per class: 1 instructor to 3 students for outside equipment training.

 Day classes are 4 weeks long, Monday through Friday from 8:00AM - 4:30PM.   Night Classes are 6 weeks long, Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m.—10:00 p.m. Students learn turning, shifting, yard skills, pre-trip inspection along with, elogs, safety and industry regulations. 


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). A payment plan through the NELNET program is also an option. More information on financial aid is available at

Call Truck Driver Training Administrative Assistant, Audrey Moreno at 815-224-0265 for information on program and enrollment.

 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


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 licenses holders for high demand fields of electrical lineman, constuction and iron workers. Farmers and Ag Business have seasonal positions available. 

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