Consider becoming a professional truck driver. Nussbaum Trucking Academy at Heartland Community College’s Truck Driver Training Program will open the door to a lifetime of opportunities!

You will receive classroom training for the CDL Learner’s Permit, 8 hours of Essential Workplace Skills training in communications and customer service, and behind-the-wheel training in an automatic transmission semitrailer-truck.

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

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State + Federal Regulations

Logbook Entry Details + Compliance

Map Reading + Trip Planning

Complete Vehicle Training


What does the course and curriculum look like?

The first week will be learning about introducing the world of truck driving to the new students, getting to know the regulations surrounding the CDL, driving safely, performing inspections and learning Hours of Service.  At the end of the first week the student will seek to pass the written tests to obtain a CDLP, (learner’s permit for CDL).  The next three weeks will be spent on putting into practice what they learned the first week: inspecting the rig, learning driving skills, both on a skills course and on the road, all to be able to pass their CDL exam at the Secretary of State’s Driver License Facility after the four weeks are completed.

What are the Costs and Enrollment Process?

Heartland will thoroughly go through requirements and expectations with any prospective student. They will inform you of the financial aspects and opportunities.  The tuition is $4,200 for the four week program. There is a manual transmission option after the four weeks.

What sets Nussbaum Trucking Academy apart from others?

You get the best of both worlds – Heartland’s teaching techniques and abilities and you get Nussbaum’s truck driving expertise.

Where is the Trucking Academy Located?

The Trucking Academy is located at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois – just a few miles down the road from Nussbaum.

Drive your career forward.

Nussbaum Trucking Academy at Heartland Community College will help you get there.