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Commercial driver training

Red Hook on the Road by NYC Small Business Services | Brooklyn Workforce Innovations

Actively recruiting

Services 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 Jul 04, 2021

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

This program helps unemployed New Yorkers with Class D licenses start new careers. 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 with 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, 8am to 5pm

New Yorkers with a criminal record are encouraged to apply.


Schedule Schedule

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

Next Steps

To apply for the program:

  1. Email a driving record (“driving abstract”) that’s less than 30 days old to Isteak Hossain at
  2. Complete the Red Hook on the Road Intake Form
  3. After you submit the form, staff will reach out to invite you to an online information session to learn more.

To take part in the program, you must meet the eligibility criteria above, attend an orientation, pass a drug test, interview, and do a medical screening.