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Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

The trucking industry is an exciting field with great job opportunities. The College of DuPage Class A CDL Program is high-quality, student-focused training that gives you the skills and experience to get on the road to a well-paying job. Employers know our name and our program - and they trust the quality of our graduates. Our drivers get jobs. Be trained and "ready to roll" with a fully endorsed CDL license in as little as six weeks. Located conveniently at COD's Addison campus, you will learn on the road as you build confidence and gain understanding of the trucking industry and the requirements of safe truck driving. 

Saturday Information Sessions

Learn about what sets us apart. Representatives of the COD Truck Driving program deliver an overview of the curriculum, answer your questions and explain the next steps to get started.

  • June 15
  • August 17, SRC 1110, Main Campus 
  • October 12

Unless otherwise indicated, all information sessions listed above are held at 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings at the Addison Center, 301 S. Swift Road, Door 6.

 
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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 trip planning and mapping skills. This program exceeds all requirements of the Illinois Secretary of State to test for the CDL Class A license. Conveniently located in Addison, IL, COD's Truck Driving School is close to Chicago and the suburbs.

In addition:

  • We will provide you with support materials 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.

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. To date, our placement rate is 100 percent.

 

 Daytime classes are scheduled to begin:

  • June 3
  • August 5
  • September 3


Get 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 receive guidance on what you will need to complete prior to acceptance in the program.

We will provide you with the CDL Study Guide and set up an appointment for you to view the CDL General Knowledge Test Review DVD and take the practice tests for the General Knowledge, Air Brakes and Combination Vehicles exams.

Individual assistance will be provided to help you complete all three tests at the Secretary of State’s office

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 DOT physical and drug screen
  • Pass the three written exams at the Secretary of State’s office:
    • General Knowledge
    • Air Brakes
    • Combination Vehicles Information
  • 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.

You must have your permit and DOT card prior to the first class.

We are happy to work with you on funding opportunities for your program, including WIA (Workforce Investment Act) and payment plans. Additional fees not covered by tuition include $12 for your court record and $50 for the CDL permit, both payable to the Secretary of State. If you apply for a Hazardous Materials endorsement, there is a fingerprinting fee of $86.50. We work with numerous local and national trucking partners to provide you with job placement assistance.

To date, our placement rate is 100 percent.

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Contact Information

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

Contact Information

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