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Truck Driver Training

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Commercial truck driving is one of the fastest growing jobs in the United States. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that 100,000 more truck drivers will be needed by 2024. Having a Type A commercial driver’s license can put you in the driver’s seat of a new, high paying career.


Week 1

40 hours of classroom instruction that prepares students to receive their Type A driving permit. All instruction occurs at SVCC in room 3K4 (third floor, river side) generally from 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. However, class times may vary.

Weeks 2-4

Training includes a minimum of 120 hours of behind-the-wheel training in 10-speed manual tractor trailers. This training prepares students for the Class A (CDL) driving exam. Students will be tested on pre-trip inspection, yard skills, and road skills. Truck driving vehicle operation training will generally begin at 8:00am Monday-Friday in Sauk’s East Parking Lot. As students’ skills progress, they will be driving on roads throughout Northwest Illinois.

Upcoming Class Dates

August 16 – September 17

September 13 – October 15

October 11 – November 12

November 8 – December 10 (no class 11/25)

December 13 – January 21 (no class 12/24)

January 17 – February 18


The cost of the program is $4,200 and includes cost of the Department of Transportation physical, drug screen, and administrative fees. Students are required to pay out of pocket for the Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) $13 and the cost of the permit/license $50. Financial assistance may be available through grants based on eligibility.

Brenda Helms

Contact Information

Brenda Helms will provide you with an orientation to the truck driving program, payment options, and answer any of your questions before you enroll. Contact Brenda today at 815-835-6212 or brenda.helms@svcc.edu!