Truck Driver Training

Earning Potential

According to the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics, median hourly earnings of tractor-trailer drivers was $18.16. Long-distance truck drivers are usually paid by the mile and sometimes by the type of freight, and salaries often include overtime. Salary expectations for first-year drivers range from $37,000 to $40,000.

Training Highlights

Complete vehicle training to prepare you for an entry-level position in the trucking industry, plus a lot more! Designed for individuals with little or no commercial driving experience, Parkland College Truck Driver Training includes everything you need to receive a Commercial Driver's License:

  • You will receive DOT rules, regulations, and log books; training to obtain CDL learner’s permit and endorsement preparation; and thorough instruction in map reading, trip planning, and yard and road vehicle handling.
  • You will receive a certificate after successfully completing the course.
  • You will complete the Illinois Secretary of State-administered Class A test.

Complete the course in just four weeks by attending full-time: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or complete the part-time evening course in eight weeks: Monday through Friday, 6 to 10 p.m. Thirty hours of home study is required during the course for both options.

"Do it, get in the program, listen to the instructors, and you can't fail."
- Craig Roppel, CDL Graduate

We work with many trucking companies that will pre-hire students. Most students receive job offers prior to completion of their training.