Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Truck Driver Training FAQ

When are classes offered?
Day classes are held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and can be completed in 6 weeks. Evening classes are from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and can be completed in 12 weeks. Class dates may be extended depending on student achievement, holidays, weather or other factors.

Where are the classes held?
Classroom training is held (a clean, comfortable room with multimedia equipment) in the Essex Building Truck Driver Training Center. The remainder of the class time is spent on the trucks practicing backing skills and on the road driving.

What are the costs involved?
The cost of the course is $4,100. Additional costs to the student include:

  • $105.00 paid to Physicians Immediate Care for the DOT Physical and DOT Drug Screen Please note that the DOT Physical and DOT Drug Screen will need to be done within a specific time frame:  It cannot be done any earlier/sooner than 29 days prior to a class start date and no later than 15 days prior to a class start date.
  • $12.00 paid to the Illinois Secretary of State for a copy of your driver history
  • $50.00 CDL-A Permit fee paid to the Illinois Secretary of State
  • The following fee is optional but recommended to obtain a Hazmat Endorsement: $86.50 for a background check with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Hazmat Threat Assessment Program.


Is financial aid available?
There are training grants available for unemployed or displaced workers. Those in Winnebago County should contact the Rock Valley College Dislocated Workers Program, 303 N. Main Street, Rockford, (815) 921-2200. & www.rockvalleycollege.edu/dwp and Illinois Veteran's benefits are accepted and student loan information is available.

How many students will be in my class?
The maximum class size will be twelve students with three instructors.

Do I receive college credit for the class?
Yes, successful completion of the class is worth 10.0 credit hours in continuing education.

What things might disqualify me from taking the class?
You must be 18 years of age to receive your CDL license, hold a current Illinois driver's license, and be able to pass a DOT physical and drug screening.

Can I succeed if English is my second language?
The Dept. of Motor Vehicles only administers the required tests in English. You must be able to communicate in English well enough to take the tests and understand the instructions given to you.

How do I register?
Call (815) 921-2076 to schedule a short orientation interview designed to answer your questions and bring awareness of the rewards and demands of a trucking career. You may register after your interview.

If I am unable to complete the course, will my money be refunded?
Fees for your physical and drug screening are non-refundable. In order to receive a refund, you must turn in an official withdrawal from within the first 3 days of class. The refund policy will be discussed in detail at your orientation interview.

Who do I contact if I have other questions?
Please call (815) 921-2076 or e-mail m.sandoval@rockvalleycollege.edu
Mark Sandoval, Coordinator, Truck Driving Training will be happy to answer your questions or assist you in any way.