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Truck Driving Schools In Illinois

Here is a list of truck driving schools in Illinois. There are a lot of options for getting your CDL training, so we highly suggest you read through our Guide To Becoming A Truck Driver which will cover various options, including company-sponsored training. It will also help you understand the pre-hire process which is a system that helps reduce the risk of paying for truck driving school only to find out you won't qualify for a truck driving job afterward.

1. Academia Truck Driving School
2249 W 47th Place
Chicago, IL 60609
2. Advantage Driver Training LLC.
18126 N.W. Frontage Rd.
Shorewood, IL 60404
3. Alamo Truck Driving School
5264 W. 47th St.
Forest View, IL 60638
4. Blue Horizon Truck Driving School
5201 S. Lawandale
Summit, IL 60621
5. Bulldog Driving School
7711 W. Belmont Ave
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
6. CDL Mega Driving School
3320-80 N. River Road
Franklin Park, IL 60131
7. CDL Training Service & Consulting
8703 N University Ste. G
Peoria, IL 61615
8. Chavez Truck Driving SChool
9016 47th St # E
Brookfield, IL 60513
9. College of DuPage Truck Driving School
301 S. Swift Road #6
Addison, IL 60101
10. Columbia Driving School
5028 S. Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60632
11. Commercial Truck Driving School
135 North Addison Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
12. Compass Truck Driving School
15W580 N Frontage Rd
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 789-6064
13. Eagle Training Services
9182 Pyott Road
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
14. Eagle Training Services
2210 Harrison Avenue
Rockford, IL 61104
15. Eagle Training Services
19351 W. Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030
16. Eagle Training Services at Harper College
1375 S. Wolf Rd
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
17. Elgin Community College
1700 Apartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123
18. Expert Driving School
1346 W. 18th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
19. Express Truck Driving School
1645 E Oakton
Des Plaines, IL 60018
20. Illinois Valley Community College
815 N. Orlando Smith Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
21. John Wood Community College
1301 S. 48th Street
Quincy, IL 62305
22. Kaskaskia College
27210 College Road
Centralia, IL 62801
23. Kishwaukee College
21193 Malta Road
Malta, IL 60150
24. Kotra CDL Driving School
1616 Grand Ave., Ste 206
Waukegan, IL 60085
25. Lake Land College
305 Richmond Ave. East
Mattoon, IL 61938
26. Mid-City Truck Driving Academy
6740 W. Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60634
27. Midwest Technical Institute
2731 Farmers Market Road
Springfield, IL 62707
(217) 527-8324
28. Midwest Technical Institute
280 High Point Lane
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 427-2750
29. Midwest Technical Institute
3620 Avenue of Cities
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 277-7900
30. Olive Harvey College Commercial Driver Training
10001 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60628
31. Prarie State College Truck Driving School
202 South Halsted Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
32. Premier CDL Training Services, LLC
5529 Dial Drive, Suite 4
Granite City, IL 62040
33. Premier CDL training services, LLC
1315 N. MattisAvenue
Champaign, IL 61821
34. Premier CDL training services, LLC
17840 Laraway Road
Joliet, IL 60433
35. Premier CDL training services, LLC
2998 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032
36. Premier CDL training services, LLC
231 E. Broadway
Kankakee, IL 60915
37. Professional Truck Driving School
6246 S Archer Rd
Summit, IL 60501
38. Progressive Truck Driving School
5538 W. Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60641
39. Progressive Truck Driving School
1945 Bernice Rd.
Lansing, IL 60438
40. Progressive Truck Driving School
3475 S. Cicero Ave.
Cicero, IL 60804
41. Reeder Transportation Training Center
1242 E. Empire
Bloomington, IL 61701
42. Reeder Transportation Training Center at ECC
1 College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635
43. Rend Lake College
468 N. Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846
44. Richmond Community College
One College Park
Decatur, IL 62521
45. Rock Valley College Truck Driver Training
2816 N. Main St.
Rockford, IL 61103
46. Southeastern Illinois College
3575 College Road
Harrisburg, IL 62946
47. Spirit CDL Training
1202 Ipsen Road
Belvidere, IL 61008
48. Spoon River College
23235 N. Co 22
Canton, IL 61520
49. Star Truck Driving School
15800 South State Street
South Holland, IL 60473
50. Star Truck Driving School
1250 Route 34
Oswego, IL 60543
51. Star Truck Driving School
710 Larsen Lane
Bensenville, IL 60106
52. Star Truck Driving School
9610 South 76th Ave.
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
53. Wolf Driving School
2229 West Schaumburg Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60194

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Choosing A Truck Driving School In Illinois

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a truck driving school in Illinois. It's critically important that you take the time to understand exactly what each school is offering and what sets them apart from the rest.

  • Cost of CDL Training In Illinois
  • School Locations in Illinois
  • Time Behind The Wheel
  • Instructor-To-Student Ratio
  • Job Placement in Illinois
  • Quality Of The Instructors

Cost Of CDL Training In Illinois

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Although pricing schould be a consideration when choosing a truck driving school, it should not be the primary consideration. Nobody wants to throw money out the window, but not all schools are created equally. Truck driving schools in close proximity are usually comparable in price with less than a $500 difference between them. If one school is vastly different in pricing, about a $1000 difference, you should find out why.

Maybe they're a brand new school and they're trying to attract students with discount pricing. Maybe they're a well established, reputable school with great equipment and top-notch instructors so you'll get what you pay for. When comparing pricing between various truck driving schools in Illinois, make sure you understand why their pricing is set where it is. Ask the school to explain any differences between themselves and their competitors.

Truck Driving School Locations In Illinois

Truck driving schools in Illinois uses tractor trailers like this one

It's ironic that so many people considering becoming a truck driver will choose one truck driving school over another because there's a 20 mile difference in the commute. Duh! You're going to be driving all over the country all day everyday but you don't want to drive an extra 20 miles in order to find better CDL training? Good grief. Please don't make this a major consideration when choosing a school.

Also, if you decide to attend a truck driving school outside of Illinois, please check to make sure your CDL will easily transfer back to Illinois. Every state has its own standards. Some states will allow you to transfer your CDL license by simply filling out some paperwork, but others will make you take the written CDL exams again and some will even make you retake the written tests and the road test! So look into it before deciding to get your CDL outside of Illinois.

Time Behind The Wheel

Illinois CDL school tractor trailer

Drive time is one of the most important factors when considering a school. Driving time is the time behind the wheel actually driving and does not include pre-trip inspections, observation time, or simulator time. It is behind-the-wheel, in-charge of the truck, pushing in the clutch and turning the steering wheel – that’s drive time. Because driving time is so expensive for a truck driving school to offer, this will have a major impact on the price of the schooling, but will also have a major impact on the quality of your CDL training. So look at this closely.

Instructor-To-Student Ratio

CDL schools in Illinois use 10 speed transmissions

Some schools will have several yards (practice lots) going on at once and the instructors walk from yard to yard to check on the students. This sounds good – you’re getting time behind the wheel. But if the instructor is monitoring too many students at once you may be making the same mistakes over and over again without any council on how to correct yourself. In essence, you are making your mistakes into habits, and that’s not good.

When a student is behind the wheel the instructor should be monitoring the student and making suggestions. Instructors should be there to correct students when they make mistakes. There is a lot to be said about teaching yourself, but you are paying for an instructor, so that instructor should be there while you’re trying to learn.

Job Placement In Illinois

Truck driving schools in Illinois use big rigs for practicing

Frequently students are surprised to find out that truck driving schools have job placement assistance. Many assume only schools owned and operated by trucking companies have placement, but that isn’t the case. Placement is a very important part of a truck driving school’s program. The main reason students attend school in the first place is to find a new job, and if a school can not or will not place students with trucking companies that hire inexperienced drivers in Illinois then something isn’t right.

Quality Of The Instructors

Tractor trailer with flames at Illinois CDL training facility

The last point is the most difficult to judge – the quality of the instructors. A good truck driving school will have instructors that are experienced, knowledgeable, caring, and capable of teaching.

Experience is critical when it comes to understanding life on the road and knowing the finer points of handling a rig. Obviously, the more experience the better. But personality also plays an important role in the quality of a CDL trainer. They should enjoy teaching and watching students become successful truck drivers. They shouldn't just be showing up for work to grab a paycheck. Speak with a couple of the instructors while you're there for a visit, and speak with some of the current students. Find out if the instructors really enjoy their jobs and care about teaching. They should be patient and helpful with their students.

Instructors should also be knowledgeable about the industry; keeping up with the trends, changes, and new regulations. A school should require their instructors to stay current with the industry and to share their knowledge with the students.

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Illinois truck driving schools use tractor trailers for becoming a truck driver

Becoming a truck driver is far more complex than anyone ever imagines. Getting your truck driving career underway doesn't seem like rocket science, and it certainly isn't. But there are a variety of choices to be made about the type of truck driving school you would like to attend, the type of truck driving jobs that are available, and what life on the road is really all about.

Have a look at our Truck Driver's Career Guide. It is packed full of fantastic information that will help you understand the trucking industry and get your career off to a great start!

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