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Truck Driver Training

Truck Driver Training students are required to provide proof of vaccination when registering or submit a weekly COVID test. Free COVID testing is available at the SHIELD testing center on campus.


Prepare for a Career in Commercial Truck Driving

Are you looking for a career and not just another job?
Consider becoming a professional truck driver. Nussbaum Trucking Academy at Heartland Community College will open the door to a lifetime of opportunities. 

  • No previous experience is required.

    You will receive:

    • Classroom training for the CDL Learner's Permit
    • 8 hours of Essential Workplace Skills training in communications and customer service
    • Behind-the-wheel training in an automatic or manual transmission semitractor-trailer

    The course covers the following topics to prepare you for an entry-level position as a driver:

    • State and federal regulations
    • Log books
    • Map reading and trip planning
    • Complete vehicle training

    At the end of the course, you will take a Class “A” License Road and Skill Test, administered by the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.  

  • The registration process should begin no later than one month prior to class start date.

    Registration process requires:

    • A current driver's license issued by the State of Illinois.
    • You must be 18 years or older.
    • You must complete and pass the DOT Physical and Drug screening. 
      • Download and complete the DOT Physical/Drug screen form for OSF St. Joseph (PDF) in Normal or OSF St. James (PDF) in Pontiac. 
      • Go to OSF St. Joseph in Normal or OSF St. James in Pontiac to have your screening done. While there, you will turn in your DOT form (above). 
      • The results will go directly to Heartland Continuing Education.
    • Completion of financing. (See below for payment plan options and assistance.)

    Registration and other fees:

    • The course fee is $4,200, of which a $630 down payment is required at registration. (See below for payment plan options and assistance.)
    • You are responsible for the $110 fee paid to OSF St. Joseph or the $115 fee paid to OSF St. James for the DOT physical/drug screen listed above.
    • When you take the permit exam you are responsible for a $50 fee paid to the DMV. 

    All registration requirements must be completed as least one week prior to the start of class date.

    Students for Whom English is Not a First Language

    Basic English language literacy and communication skills are vital to the safety of the student, instructor, and others on the road. Please contact HCC Adult Education with any concerns related to this requirement as they can assess your skillsets and may enroll you in Heartland’s free ESL class as a first step.

  • Daytime classes run 4 weeks, Monday-Friday, 8AM-4:30PM.

    Evening classes run 8 weeks, Monday-Friday, 5-9PM. Classes run in Normal. Based on demand, classes may be scheduled in Pontiac and Lincoln.

    2022 Class Dates

    Daytime Classes in Normal

    • January 10-February 7 (skips January 17)
    • February 14-March 7 
    • March 14-April 12
    • April 18-May 17
    • May 23-June 22 (skips May 30)

    Evening Class in Normal

    • March 7-May 3
  • We strive to provide excellent learning experiences in our Continuing Education classes. As a result, anyone exhibiting inappropriate behavior or disrepectful language may be dismissed without refund. Please refer to the HCC Student Conduct Policy for details at studentHandbook/conduct.

Payment Options 

We offer an installment payment plan through Nelnet and student loans are available through SallieMae

We also offer a partial, competitive Financial Scholarship. 

If you are a veteran you may qualify for the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG). Contact Todd Burns, Director of Financial Aid at 309-268-8051 or

Call us at 309-268-8448 for more information.

Possible tuition assistance available through County Workforce Services:

Employment Statement for Job Training Programs

Heartland Community College does not guarantee employment upon completion of instructional programs. Students are responsible for researching relevant employment opportunities prior to registration. No refunds will be provided if a student fails to complete a course, does not pass a certification exam, or is unsuccessful at obtaining employment.

Contact Us 

Phone: 309-268-8448, Monday-Friday 8AM-3:30PM 


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Heartland Community College
Workforce Development Center, Suite 2400
1500 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8160
TDD: 309-268-8030
Fax: 309-268-7882
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