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Truck Driver Training

Truck driving is one of the fastest-growing industries today. There is a constant demand for over-the-road drivers. It is one of the few occupations where students who complete training are almost certain to go to work immediately. Most receive job offers prior to completion of the course.

The Rend Lake College Truck Driver Training Program has trained over 1,200 drivers since 1990. This program is perfect for the person who may be unemployed or is seeking a higher-paying job. Short-term training is designed for individuals with little or no commercial driving experience.

Students receive hands-on training from experienced instructors in newer model tractor-trailers. A low student-to-instructor ratio means more personalized instruction. Individuals who complete the program receive a Commercial Driver’s License.

Special Admission Requirements –

  • Current Illinois Driver’s License
  • Intrastate students must be at least 18 years of age; interstate students must be at least 21 years of age
  • Able to meet federal Department of Transportation physical / drug screen requirements using a DOT-certified physician designated by Rend Lake College
  • Provide motor vehicle record documentation from a local Secretary of State facility

Degrees & Certificates in Truck Driver Training



This certificate is designed to prepare students for a career as a Truck Driver. Career opportunities exist in the field of truck driving, including intrastate and interstate. Learning will occur in the classroom and in a tractor-trailer. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Commercial Driver’s License Pre-Trip, Skills and Road Examinations will be administered.

The curriculum for this program has been developed to meet the licensing requirements for the State of Illinois.  It is not determined whether the curriculum meets licensing requirements for any other states.

► Total = 7 Hours

First Semester (7 Cr. Hrs.)

  • TRUK 1201 Commercial Driver’s License Review (1)
  • TRUK 1202 Truck Driver Training I (3)
  • TRUK 1203 Truck Driver Training II (3)


This certificate is designed to prepare students for occupations involving the maintenance, repair, and operation of semi-tractor trailer units. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the student will have a thorough knowledge of engine and brake repair, servicing, alignment, and operation of a tractor-trailer unit. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Commercial Driver’s License Pre-Trip, Skills and Road Examinations will be administered.

Gainful Employment

► Total = 26 Hours

First Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

  • DIEL 1204 Intermediate Diesels (4)
  • DIEL 1208 Diesel Accessories (2)

Second Semester (20 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1206 Ag Air Conditioning Systems (4)
  • DIEL 1202 Basic Diesel Fuel Systems (2)
  • DIEL 1205 Heavy Equipment Brakes (3)
  • DIEL 1203 Heavy Equipment Alignment (4)
  • TRUK 1201 Commercial Driver’s License Review (1)
  • TRUK 1202 Truck Driver Training I (3)
  • TRUK 1203 Truck Driver Training II (3)

Program Outcomes

Truck Driver Training

  • Pass the Illinois Secretary of State's Commercial Drivers License examination
  • Determine correct mileage by calculating safe-speed for timely delivery of commodity

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"I personally would not advise changing anything. The program was extremely beneficial and training has been outstanding. Dave is an extremely nice guy with a heart to do whatever he can to help his students succeed. A very relaxing, yet professional atmosphere. Thanks for such an instructional program with an equally great instructor!"

— Justin Pierce

"I could not ask for a better instructor. He is a great teacher, very patient, and very eager to help students learn."

— 2019 Student

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"Rend Lake College delivered what they promised and more: Training needed to obtain a commercial driver's license and help to find a job afterward. Thanks to their program, passing the CDL was easy and I had a good job lined up even before I graduated. My experience at RLC was time and money well invested." 

— Dan Schofield

"Great program & an amazing instructor."

— 2019 Student


Job Placement

Job placement assistance is included in the training. Recruiters from several major trucking companies visit each class and present information about employment opportunities with their respective companies. Students often receive job offers before graduating.

Entry Requirements

A GED or high school diploma is not required for admittance in the program.  Students must be 18 years of age, provide a copy of their Motor Vehicle Record, and have a valid driver’s license to register.  Before starting the class students must obtain a DOT Physical and drug screen with a DOT-certified physician. 

Course Information

Monday-Wednesday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Course location: Rend Lake College Ina Campus, Coal Mine Training Center


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Faculty & Staff 

Dean of Community & Corporate Education
Phone Extension: 1367
Building: Student Center
Office: 207
M.S.Ed., Eastern Illinois University | B.S., Southern Illinois University
Truck Driver Training Instructor
Phone Extension: 1202
Building: Coal Mining Training Center
Office: 204
Community and Corporate Education Specialist
Phone Extension: 1714
Building: Student Center
Office: 204
B.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale | A.A.S., John A. Logan College

Community & Corporate Education Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1367
Email: [email protected]
Address:468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Community & Corporate Education
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Community & Corporate Education


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