Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

Information Sessions:

All information sessions listed below are held at the Addison Regional Center, 301 S. Swift Road, Door 6.

  • Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 8, 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.

The upcoming 2014 classes are tentatively scheduled to begin Dec. 8, Jan. 26, March 9, April 20 and June 1.

See our video for an overview of the CDL program!

In the News: Employers Desperate to Fill Truck-Driving Jobs


Get the credentials you need to prepare for a well-paying job in the trucking industry! This is an exciting field with great job opportunities.

Through the College of DuPage Commercial Driver License (CDL) program, students can be trained and "ready to roll" with a fully endorsed CDL license in as little as six weeks. Learn on the road as you build confidence and gain understanding of the trucking industry and the requirements of safe truck driving.

Commercial Driver's License

240-Hour Course, 6 Weeks, $4,500
Prepare for the CDL examination with in-depth training that includes over-the-road, maneuvers, skills yard, and classroom time. Our experienced instructors also offer extended training such as night driving, trip planning and mapping skills. This program exceeds all requirements of the Illinois Secretary of State to test for the CDL Class A license. In addition:

  • We will provide you with support materials and one-on-one assistance to prepare for the student permit tests you must pass prior to entering your six weeks of training.
  • The State of Illinois examiners come to our facility when your course is completed and you are ready to test for your Commercial Driver's License. You will be testing in the yard, on the test routes and in the equipment you have become familiar with during your training.
  • Tuition includes full assistance with job placement. To date, we have had a 100 percent placement rate.
  • Our partner trucking companies regularly visit the training facility to recruit for their organizations.
  • Three license endorsements are included to advance your qualifications: hazardous materials, tankers and double/triple trailers.

 

Getting Started

Your first step is to schedule an appointment with a program coordinator to complete your application. You will learn key details about the program's pre-course requirements, upcoming information sessions and classes, the permit process, and the related pre-testing through the College of DuPage, and receive guidance on what you will need to complete prior to acceptance in the program.

Complete the Program Prerequisites

Before beginning the program, you must have completed the following:

  • Provide us with a copy of your current, valid Illinois driving license.
  • Provide a copy of your Court Purpose driving record (available at any Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles office)
  • Pass the Secretary of State written exams to be issued a student Commercial Driving Permit:
    • General Knowledge
    • Air Brakes
    • Combination Vehicles
  • Pass the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and drug screen. (Cost is included in tuition.)
  • Complete your application and registration forms and submit them to the COD Truck Driving School.

 

What People are Saying

"The COD instructors were very good, with a mix of theory and practical application. They were hands-on and you could tell they had been drivers themselves, which I liked. When I passed the state exam, I had multiple job offers, so I could be selective with the company I chose to go with. I would absolutely recommend COD's CDL program to others." —Butch Sill, CDL Graduate

"I chose COD's truck driving program because of COD's educational reputation, and because they did more in-depth coverage of the material. This is a great program, with great instructors. I went from being unemployed to having three job offers in just over six weeks! I've even recommended it to my sister, who is looking for a job change." —Al Garcia, CDL Graduate

Careers and Job Placement

At this time, the industry is experiencing a significant shortage of licensed drivers. Additionally, employment opportunities for truck drivers are expected to grow with over 290,000 new jobs being created over the next decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 21 percent growth for heavy and tractor/trailer drivers through the year 2020. The CDL program can help you follow your dream of driving the open road. 

Active job placement assistance is provided both during the program and after licensing. 

Career Training Grant

College of DuPage Continuing Education is offering the WIA Rapid Response Grant, a new grant toward selected industry-recognized professional training for veterans and long-term unemployed individuals.

To determine your eligibility, contact Melissa Fanella, Rapid Response Grant coordinator, at (630) 942-2067 or fanellam@cod.edu.

This grant is funded through the Workforce Investment Act Rapid Response Program—Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

 

Register Today!

For more information and to register, call the College of DuPage Truck Driving School at (630) 942-2275 or email cdl@cod.edu. The truck school is located in Addison, Illinois, at 301 S. Swift Road, Door 6. You can also visit the Continuing Education office at the College of DuPage campus in Glen Ellyn in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110. Download our Getting Started Checklist.

See complete College of DuPage Continuing Education program listings in our current Continuing Education catalog.

The provision of this State of Illinois licensed program is through a public/private partnership between College of DuPage and Bell CDL Enterprises, Inc., a local community enterprise.

 

Contact Information


College of DuPage Truck Driving School
301 S. Swift Road, Door 6
Addison, Illinois 60101-1495
(630) 942-2275

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