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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!

How your $2,000 is paid out.

Initial $730

Directly to Heartland Community College upon enrollment to cover the required deposit.

Remaining $1,270

Next payment once you’ve obtained CDL, completed Orientation with us, and delivered your first load with Nussbaum Trainer.

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:

Get Started

State + Federal Regulations

Logbook Entry Details + Compliance

Map Reading + Trip Planning

Complete Vehicle Training

Registration, Requirements, and Qualifications.

$4,900 Course Fee

The course fee is $4,900, of which a $730 down payment is required at registration.

$50 DMV Fee

When you take the permit exam, you are responsible for a $50 fee paid to the DMV. (Nussbaum will cover the cost of your DOT physical and drug screening)

Age: 21+

We drive interstate, so drivers must be 21 years old

Moving Violations

1 or less within last 3 years

Drug or Alcohol-Related Incidents

0 in last 7 years

Reckless Driving Violations

0 in last 3 years


What does the course and curriculum look like?

The first week is about introducing students to the world of truck driving. Topics include commercial driving regulations, safe driving techniques, how to perform inspections, and hours of service (HOS). After the first week, students will take the written test to obtain a CDLP (CDL learner’s permit). During the next three weeks, students will complete behind-the-wheel training: inspecting the rig, practicing driving skills (both on a skills course and the road), backing, etc. After completing the full four-week class, students will take their CDL exam at an Illinois Secretary of State Driver’s License Facility.

Our course also emphasizes development in communication and customer service skills. As a professional driver, you will represent your employer to the various customers that you serve, and trucking companies look for these types of skills when considering you for employment.

What are the Costs and Enrollment Process?

The total cost of the program is approximately $5,065. This includes tuition ($4,900), a drug screen/physical exam (around $115), and a CDL permit fee ($50). During your enrollment, Heartland will inform you of financial assistance opportunities, as well as the program requirements and expectations. 

You may choose to finance your education through a payment plan or student loan assistance. Ask your Heartland enrollment advisor for more information. 

To get started, download Heartland’s “Get Rolling” document and complete all the instructions. Then, you may contact Heartland (309) 268-8448) to schedule your registration appointment. 

What sets Nussbaum Trucking Academy apart from others?

You get the best of both worlds – Heartland’s award-winning learning environment and scholarship opportunities + Nussbaum’s industry and driving expertise. Your instructors are highly skilled professional drivers with years of experience in trucking.

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.

Transition to an Excellent Career


No School Cost

The GI Bill covers the cost of sending veterans to school. Nussbaum Trucking Academy will be 100% paid for.

Illinois Veterans Grant

Veterans who live in Illinois are also able to apply for the Illinois Veterans Grant to help cover tuition.

Receive GI Bill Pay

Veterans can receive pay from their GI Bill while attending our training program. This is in addition to our training program pay.

Get Started


SEPT 5 – OCT 2

M-F; 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

SEPT 11 – NOV 3

M-F; 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

OCT 9 – NOV 3

M-F; 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

NOV 13 – DEC 13

M-F; 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

JAN 8 – FEB 2

M-F; 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

** NOTE: Registration closes six days prior to the beginning of class.

Drive towards a new career.

Fill out the form below or call Nussbaum Recruiting at (309) 268-1199