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The course is 240 hours total, training eight (8) hours per day, Monday through Friday for a total of six (6) weeks to the course completion. At the end of the sixth week of training the student will be accompanied by their RVC Instructor Specialist and provided the same RVC tractor-trailer that the student has trained on in their six (6) weeks of training in order to take the CDL-A test with the Illinois Secretary of State. (Ask about training for Wisconsin licensed drivers.)
Rock Valley College Truck Driver Training Tuition: $4,100.00
Program costs that are not included in the tuition, but will be required costs to the driver are as follows:
1.) Illinois Secretary of State for a copy of the “driver's history”: $12.00
2.) Physicians Immediate Care Clinic for a DOT Physical and DOT Drug Screen to be done no later than 15 days and no sooner than 29 days prior to a class’ start date: $105.00
3.) Secretary of State for taking CDL-A Permit test: $50.00
A program cost that is optional to the driver is regarding Haz-Mat:
4.) “IBT” for the fingerprinting and background check through TSA website or a check to “IBT” in amount of: $86.50
64 hours of classroom
• DOT-FMCSA/SOS rules and regulations
• CDL-A permit preparation with CDL Study Guides
• Written pre-testing and reviewing of:
– Illinois/Wisconsin CDL guides, rules, and regulations
– Driving safely, including but not limited to:
• Vehicle inspections
• Basic control of your vehicle
• Shifting gears
• Transporting cargo safely
• Air brakes
• Combination vehicles
• CSA FMCSA compliance safety accountability
• DOT hours of service and log book compliance training
• Trip planning: planning a dispatch run by combining map book reading and log book compliance
• Overall program protocols-safety in the trucks and operations in the yard skills and over-the-road driving
• Endorsements: *hazardous materials, tank vehicles, and double/triple trailers classroom training and testing preparation
• Trucking safety operation and practice series videos
22 hours of behind the wheel range yard skills training driving Volvo 13-speed sleepers coupled to 48-foot and 53-foot trailers
22 hours of behind the wheel over-the-road driving skills driving Volvo 13-speed sleepers coupled to 48-foot and 53-foot trailers
132 hours of remedial: pre-trip inspections practice and enactments, additional time for classroom, enhanced yard skills training, and over-the-road driving skills
*In Illinois, a driver is required by TSA to have a background check done prior to taking the Haz-Mat Endorsement test with the Secretary of State. The cost to the driver is $86.50 and requires being fingerprinted with the process taking between two (2) to three (3) weeks to receive the letter of clearance from TSA, which in turn allows the driver to take the endorsement test with SOS.
Driver improvements programs are designed for drivers that either have a valid CDL-A and would like to improve their skills or for a driver that has held a CDL-A in the past and is needing to prepare and improve skills to take the CDL-A exam test with the Illinois/Wisconsin Secretary of State.
The Brush-Up Refresher options are:
a.) 80 hours Brush-Up Refresher
Training Tuition: $1,400.00
two (2) weeks training to completion with a certificate, i.e., CDL-A
b.) 120 hours Brush-Up Refresher
Training Tuition: $2,100.00
three (3) weeks training to completion with a certificate, i.e., CDL-A
c.) 160 hours Brush-Up Refresher
Training Tuition: $2,800.00
four (4) weeks training to completion with a certificate, i.e., CDL-A
Workshops are available to improve upon and strengthen a CDL-A driver's skills set. Providing trucking companies and employee drivers with a third-party solution to aid in the retention of drivers needing attention, improvements, and employment.
Workshops are available on an as-needed basis, calculated at a rate of $150.00 per an eight-hour day session per driver.