Truck Driver Training

PDI's Truck Driver Training Program can get you ready for the long haul! Developed for beginning drivers or those who have minimal commercial driving experience, this course will get you ready to roll. You'll Learn:

  • Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations
  • Endorsement preparation
  • Log book 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.

Full-time classes meet for four weeks Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Our part-time evening class meets over eight weeks, Monday through Friday, 6 pm to 10 pm. Some home study is required. When you finish the 160 clock hour course, you receive a certificate of completion.

We can also help you with placement. our program works with several trucking companies that often "pre-hire" students while they're in training. It's not unusual for students to begin work a week after training.

First year annual salaries range between $33,000 and $45,000. Benefits usually include medical, dental, vision, retirement, bonuses and more. You won't have to relocate since drivers are often dispatched from home.

For additional information or to register, please contact Steve Bilbrey at (309) 694-8555.

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.

For additional information or to register, please contact Steve Bilbrey at (309) 694-8555.

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
  • Blindside Backing
  • Serpentine Backing
  • Shifting
  • Double Clutching
  • Turns
  • Hazard Perception
  • Uphill/Downhill
  • Ramps
  • Lane Changes
  • Space Management
  • Secretary of State Class A Skill Test

For additional information or to register, please contact Steve Bilbrey at (309) 694-8555.

May 27 - June 23, 2014 (Monday - Friday) 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
June 16 - July 14, 2014 (Monday - Friday) 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
June 16 - August 11, 2014 (Monday - Friday) 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
July 7 - August 1, 2014 (Monday - Friday) 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
July 28 - August 22, 2014 (Monday - Friday) 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
August 18 - September 15, 2014 (Monday - Friday) 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
August 18 - October 13, 2014 (Monday - Friday) 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
September 8 - October 3, 2014 (Monday - Friday) 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
September 29 - October 24, 2014 (Monday - Friday) 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
October 20 - November 14, 2014 (Monday - Friday) 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
October 20 - December 16, 2014 (Monday - Friday) 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
November 10 - December 9, 2014 (Monday - Friday) 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
December 1 - December 29, 2014 (Monday - Friday) 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
December 22 - January 22, 2015 (Monday - Friday) 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
December 22 - February 19, 2015 (Monday - Friday) 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

For additional information or to register, please contact Steve Bilbrey at (309) 694-8555.

Tuition for the course is $3,750 (160 clock hours).
PLUS . . .

  • DOT Physical/Drug Screening (approximately $80)
  • Instruction Permit ($50)
  • 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.

    For additional information or to register, please contact Steve Bilbrey at (309) 694-8555.

    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

    For additional information or to register, please contact Steve Bilbrey at (309) 694-8555.