Commercial Driver Training

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

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Job training, certification

For adults (18+), unemployed, low-income, and justice-involved New Yorkers

Four weeks, full-time


Last updated 2 days ago

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 commercial driving 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 with a network of NYC employers.


Commercial Driver's License

This program provides job training and job certification.

Who it's for

For adults (18+), unemployed, low-income, and justice-involved New Yorkers.

To be eligible for this training program, you should:

  • Live in NYC
  • Be legally allowed to work in the US
  • Be 21 years or older
  • Must be low-income or unemployed and/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 the following:

    • 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.


Four weeks, full time.

Training takes place Monday–Friday, 8am to 5pm, with one week in class and three weeks of behind-the-wheel learning. New sessions begin every month.

Language access

The program is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Kreyol (Haitian-Creole)
  • 繁體中文 (Traditional Chinese)
  • Français (French)
  • polski (Polish)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • বাংলা (Bengali)

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.