Illinois Trucking Schools

About Trucking Schools in Illinois
Total Schools:
89
Undergraduate Programs:
41
Graduate Programs:
9
Average Acceptance Rate:
52%
Average Tuition Cost:
$11,169
Average Loan Amount:
$5,181
Average Scholarship Award:
$3,494
Average Classroom Size:
19 Students

Ready to prepare for a truck driving career in Illinois?

If so, great! We’re here to help you take the next step. Before you go any further, we want to spell out a few things you should consider while comparing all your CDL training school options. Take a look at this list of trucking school qualities that you should look for. Then, review the kinds of things you’ll learn when you earn your CDL.

Qualities Of Top Trucking Schools

There are several things you should look for when choosing a trucking school, including:

  • How you will pay for school
  • Does the school offer endorsements
  • What is the cost of truck driver training?
  • What are the minimum requirements to enroll?
  • Do they have relationships with local trucking companies?

Many schools will have financial options for their students to choose from. It is common for trucking schools to help students directly through their own financing departments, or companies they work with to help students. You most likely won’t qualify for federal aid, but there may be scholarships or grants you can apply for.

Endorsements, such as HAZMAT, School Bus, and Air Brake can help you qualify for many types of trucking jobs in Illinois. In fact, programs offered by companies such as CR England Truck Driver School also hire drivers that complete their programs. There is a good chance you have seen a CR England trucking school graduate cruising down the highway in one of their 18-wheelers, since they hire drivers from all over the country.

The minimum requirements for most trucking schools are:

  • 21 years of age
  • Clean driving record
  • Pass a drug test
  • Employment references
  • Clean criminal history

And last, make sure your trucking school knows local employers. The best thing about many of the schools on our list is that they can help you hit the road to success once you complete your training!

  • State Wide Locations
  • Get your CDL in 21-days.
  • We offer Zero-Tuition training—a $5,000 value!
  • Classes start every Monday.
  • Limited seating available

Wabash Valley College has many different financial aid opportunities for diesel technology students. One option is the Wayne Tech Scholarship. You must apply for this scholarship as a high school student and have good grades. The AEMP Foundation Scholarship is another diesel technology scholarship at Wayne Valley College.

Discovering Truck Driving Schools in Illinois

Before you begin your program, it's important to have a clear idea of how long you'll be in school. In general, truck driving programs take four to six weeks to complete. This includes the classroom part of your education as well as the time you spend behind-the-wheel. Diesel technology programs have a bit more variance. For example, Rend Lake College offers two different diesel programs: an Associate's degree, which requires two years of study, and an Occupational Certificate, which takes under one year.

As you look through the schools you may be able to attend, you may want to look at what skills you gain from each program. Many trucking schools support you through each step of the licensing process. Prestige Driving School offers help with passing your written exam, completing your driving hours, and getting your Commercial Driver's License.



You may be curious about what type of salary you can earn as a new trucker or diesel mechanic.

Below you can find a graph outlining Illinois trucking and diesel mechanic salaries compared to the nationwide average. All data was retrieved from Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015).





Get on the Road to a Career in the Illinois Trucking Industry

There are many different ways you can use your trucking education. You may work for a trucking company, leasing center, or repair shop. Some of the most prominent trucking employers in Illinois are C.R. England, MCT Transportation LLC, and Beacon Transport. The job outlook is very favorable. O*Net anticipates a 10% increase in demand for truck drivers and an 8% increase increase in demand for diesel mechanics in Illinois.

Search Illinois Trucking Schools
(Champaign,
IL )
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Moline,
IL )
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Chicago,
IL )
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
Acapulco Driving School
(Cicero,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Chicago,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Chicago,
IL)
• Small Campus
• Urban Setting
$12,240 Tuition Cost
(Grayslake,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Wauconda,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Wauconda,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
Bestway Truck Training
(Chicago,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Moline,
IL)
• Offers Diesel Mechanic Programs
• Medium Campus
• Urban Setting
$6,120 Tuition Cost
$2,732 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Carlinville,
IL)
• Small Campus
• Suburban Setting
$17,282 Tuition Cost
$4,777 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Small Class Sizes
(Quincy,
IL)
• Small Campus
• Rural Setting
• Small Class Sizes
Blue Horizon Corporation, Inc.
(Chicago,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Chicago,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Elmwood Park,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
Central Illinois Driving School
(Bloomington,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Downers Grove,
IL)
• Suburban Setting
Chavez Driving School
(Brookfield,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Chicago,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Medium Campus
• Urban Setting
$5,561 Tuition Cost
$629 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Chicago,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Medium Campus
• Urban Setting
$5,561 Tuition Cost
$1,390 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Assumption,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Chicago,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Danville,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Small Campus
• Urban Setting
$5,700 Tuition Cost
$3,127 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(River Forest,
IL)
• Small Campus
• Suburban Setting
$27,480 Tuition Cost
$12,160 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
• Small Class Sizes
(Grayslake,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Prospect Heights,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
Eagle Training Services - Rockford
(Rockford,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
Eagle Training Services Inc.
(Lake in the Hills,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
Eagle Training Services Inc. - Lake in the Hills Illinois
(Lake in the Hills,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Elgin,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Large Campus
• Urban Setting
$8,688 Tuition Cost
$1,309 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Chicago,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Quincy,
IL)
• Small Campus
• Rural Setting
• Small Class Sizes
(Freeport,
IL)
• Offers Diesel Mechanic Programs
• Small Campus
• Suburban Setting
$3,624 Tuition Cost
$1,685 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(East Peoria,
IL)
• Offers Diesel Mechanic Programs
• Large Campus
• Suburban Setting
$7,050 Tuition Cost
$2,053 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Mount Carmel,
IL)
• Offers Diesel Mechanic Programs, • Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Small Campus
• Suburban Setting
$7,871 Tuition Cost
$1,489 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Oglesby,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Small Campus
• Rural Setting
$8,452 Tuition Cost
$1,636 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Quincy,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Small Campus
• Rural Setting
$6,990 Tuition Cost
$2,197 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Chicago,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Centralia,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Medium Campus
• Rural Setting
$5,728 Tuition Cost
$2,349 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Malta,
IL)
• Offers Diesel Mechanic Programs
• Small Campus
• Rural Setting
$9,210 Tuition Cost
$2,667 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
Kotra
(Waukegan,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Godfrey,
IL)
• Medium Campus
• Rural Setting
$8,730 Tuition Cost
$3,388 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Romeoville,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Medium Campus
• Suburban Setting
$25,770 Tuition Cost
$11,747 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Melrose Park,
IL)
• Small Campus
• Suburban Setting
$4,285 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Springfield,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Medium Campus
• Urban Setting
$4,608 Tuition Cost
$2,283 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Crystal Lake,
IL)
• Medium Campus
• Rural Setting
$8,010 Tuition Cost
$1,116 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Chicago,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Chicago,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Peoria,
IL)
• Small Campus
• Urban Setting
$15,225 Tuition Cost
• Small Class Sizes
(Naperville,
IL)
• Small Campus
• Urban Setting
$30,891 Tuition Cost
$14,937 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Chicago,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
Pacific Driving School
(Cicero,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Champaign,
IL)
• Offers Diesel Mechanic Programs, • Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Medium Campus
• Urban Setting
$7,560 Tuition Cost
$2,191 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
Premier CDL Training Services
(Granite City,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Chicago,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
Presto Driving School
(Des Plaines,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Chicago,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Ina,
IL)
• Offers Diesel Mechanic Programs
• Small Campus
• Rural Setting
$4,275 Tuition Cost
$2,787 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
Rend Lake College Truck Driver Training - Collinsville
(Collinsville,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
Rend Lake College Truck Driver Training - Ina
(Ina,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(North Chicago,
IL)
• Small Campus
• Suburban Setting
(Chicago,
IL)
• Small Campus
• Urban Setting
$32,603 Tuition Cost
• Small Class Sizes
(Peoria,
IL)
• Small Campus
• Urban Setting
$15,810 Tuition Cost
• Small Class Sizes
(Dixon,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Small Campus
• Rural Setting
$8,256 Tuition Cost
$2,442 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Ullin,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Small Campus
• Rural Setting
$4,140 Tuition Cost
$1,548 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Harrisburg,
IL)
• Offers Diesel Mechanic Programs
• Small Campus
• Rural Setting
$4,170 Tuition Cost
$2,897 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Carbondale,
IL)
• Large Campus
• Urban Setting
$7,635 Tuition Cost
$4,995 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Belvidere,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Canton,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Small Campus
• Rural Setting
$7,020 Tuition Cost
$1,185 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Springfield,
IL)
• Small Campus
• Urban Setting
(Springfield,
IL)
• Small Campus
• Urban Setting
$15,030 Tuition Cost
• Small Class Sizes
(Bensenville,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Small Campus
• Suburban Setting
• Small Class Sizes
(Hickory Hills,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
• Small Campus
• Suburban Setting
• Small Class Sizes
(Aurora,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Bensenville,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Hickory Hills,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(South Holland,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Bloomington,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Channahon,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
Truck School Inc
(Cicero,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Glendale Heights,
IL)
• Offers Diesel Mechanic Programs
• Small Campus
• Suburban Setting
$1,795 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Chicago,
IL)
• Large Campus
• Urban Setting
$10,466 Tuition Cost
$5,248 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
Uptown Driver Training - Galesburg
(Galesburg,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
Uptown Driver Training - Monmouth
(Monmouth,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Glenview,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Park Ridge,
IL)
• Offers Truck Driving Programs
(Sugar Grove,
IL)
• Large Campus
• Rural Setting
$6,607 Tuition Cost
$1,503 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards
(Macomb,
IL)
• Large Campus
• Rural Setting
$7,415 Tuition Cost
$3,763 Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards