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Commercial driver training

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Actively recruiting

Services Provided Training for a new job

Eligibility Adults, Low-income New Yorkers, Public assistance recipients, People with justice involvement

Schedule 1 to less than 3 months, Daytime

Last Updated Last updated on Feb 15, 2022

This four-week program prepares unemployed New Yorkers to work as commercial drivers.

This program helps unemployed New Yorkers who already have their Class D licenses to start new careers in commercial driving. Through four weeks of training, the program preps students to take the NYS Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) road test. It also helps grads find a job driving school buses, coach buses, trucks, and more within a network of NYC employers.

Who it's for Who it's for

To be eligible for this training program, you must:

  • Live in NYC
  • Be legally allowed to work in the US
  • Be 21 years or older
  • Be low-income, unemployed, or receive public assistance
  • Be able to pass a drug test
  • Have no DWIs or DUIs
  • Have had a valid NY State Driver’s License for at least two years, with no more than one of these:
    • Four points or fewer
    • One suspension (must be cleared for at least two years)
    • One conviction showing on the driver record
  • Be able to attend training Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Yorkers with a criminal record are encouraged to apply.

Duration and Length Duration and Length

Training takes place Monday through Friday during the day for 4–5 weeks of training.

Next Steps

You can apply for the program in any of these ways:

To take part in the program, you must

  • meet the eligibility requirements above
  • attend an orientation
  • pass a drug test
  • have an interview
  • do a medical screening