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CDL Training in Illinois - Illinois Secretary of State Certified Schools

by Tanya Bons

Featured Author Tanya Bons

Tanya Bons has managed and coordinated sales, advertising, and administrative forces in the truck driving school industry for almost eight years. Tanya and her husband Ken are the co-founders and co-owners of Spirit CDL Training in Belvidere, IL. Spirit CDL Training Corporation became an official Secretary of State certified truck driving school in April of 2011.

When shopping for a truck driving school in Illinois, smart students do their research. We always let students know that Eagle Training Services Inc schools are certified by the Illinois Secretary of State, we're proud of it. Not every CDL training school is certified by the Secretary of State so it's important you ask the admission coordinator at the school or you can download a current list right off the Illinois SOS website.

Why It's Important to be an Illinois SOS Certified School

The Secretary of State has expectations for their certified schools. All schools must have their curriculum approved by the state and all instructors must teach per that curriculum, they can't just do as they please. The hours for training must be approved by the state and logged on time sheets. These time sheet records are indispensable and are filed at the school always ready for an audit from the state. It is the job of the state to monitor state certified schools and enforce that students are receiving the proper training for the logged amount of hours. Secretary of State Certified schools do not monitor themselves, they are responsible and held accountable by the auditing system of Illinois SOS officials.

Secretary of State Certified schools also have Certified Instructors. All instructors must have a minimum of 3 years experience, (Eagle instructors have more than 15 years), in the trucking industry. No felonies or DUIs. All instructors must have their driving records pre-approved by the state, receive a minimum of 40 hours instructor training, forgo a background check that includes fingerprinting, submit and pass a DOT physical and drug screen, pass a written exam and lastly, pass the three skills tests that are given to every student testing for their CDL-A. Instructors that do not meet any of the above criteria will not be certified and can not instruct for a SOS Certified school.

Secretary of State Certified schools have on-site testing. This means that state examiners will come out to the school and test students on the three skills test right at the school in the same yard students have been practicing in and on the same routes they've been driving. (This familiarity for the students gives them an advantage with their final testing).

State approved curriculums, SOS monitored and audited, experienced and certified instructors and on-site testing are great reasons to enroll in an Illinois Secretary of State Certified School.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Featured Author Tanya Bons

Tanya Bons has managed and coordinated sales, advertising, and administrative forces in the truck driving school industry for almost eight years. Tanya and her husband Ken are the co-founders and co-owners of Spirit CDL Training in Belvidere, IL. Spirit CDL Training Corporation became an official Secretary of State certified truck driving school in April of 2011.

by Brett Aquila

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