Commercial Drivers License

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Academic Programs

Commercial Drivers License - Certificate (T10)

This program is designed to prepare individuals to obtain employment as commercial drivers. The classroom portion of the program emphasizes information required to pass the written driving exam, such as the rules of the road, log book requirements, and load regulations. Upon successful completion of the classroom portion, students will prepare for the driving test as they gain driving experience, learn how to hitch trailers to tractors, and safety techniques and practices. Students will be accompanied by an instructor and will use one of the trucks in which they learned to drive when they take the CDL exam.

Work and Employment

Every community in North America is served by the trucking industry. As a result, employment opportunities abound for local and over the road drivers. Men and women can earn above average incomes within a year or two of successfully completing the program and earning their CDL. 

Special Considerations

To obtain employment as a commercial driver, individuals must be at least 18 years of age (there is no top age restriction), possess a safe driving record, be able to pass regular drug screenings and a Department of Transportation physical exam.

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Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College

  • Community Education, 815-835-6212

Total Hours Required - 12 Hours

Major Field Requirements - 12 Hours

  • GSV100 - Commercial Drivers License ( 4 Semester Hours)

    The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 (CMVSA) has placed more stringent requirements on licensing of all commercial truck drivers. This four-credit hour course is designed to deliver all of the needed information to take and pass the commercial Driver's License General Knowledge Written Exams in the states of Illinois and Iowa. Along with the Commercial Driver's License required, units on log books and first aid training will be covered. Prerequisite: Students must provide the institution with a copy of their driving record for the past five (5) years. Students must provide the institution with a physical form verifying completion of a Department of Transportation physical. 4 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lec/week

  • GSV102 - Commercial Vehicle Operation ( 8 Semester Hours)

    Professional Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators not only need the necessary information to be successful, but they must be able to operate the tractor-trailer combination in a proficient and safe manner. Students will gain the knowledge necessary to become a commercial vehicle operator and develop the skills and techniques essential to the safe and professional operation of a commercial vehicle. Prerequisite: GSV 100. 8 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 16 lab/week