RIPTA Announces New Paid Prep Test Course Program For Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Permit in Collaboration with RI Institute for Labor Studies & Research (ILSR)


RIPTA will pay qualified applicants $25.33 per hour to prepare for the CDL permit test in an instructor-led classroom hosted by ILSR


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) and the Rhode Island Institute for Labor Studies & Research (ILSR) are excited to announce the launch of a new Commercial Driver's License (CDL) prep course program, designed to attract and prepare new transit drivers in obtaining their CDL permit. This innovative program offers participants the opportunity to earn $25.33 per hour as they prepare for their CDL permit test in an instructor-led classroom.


To kick off this initiative, RIPTA is hosting a job fair on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at RIPTA Headquarters, 705 Elmwood Avenue in Providence. This event will provide a unique opportunity for potential applicants to learn more about the new program, undergo onsite interviews, and start the prescreening process for the paid CDL permit test prep course program.


“We are thrilled to offer this new program that not only provides financial support while studying but also opens the door to a stable and fulfilling career,” said Christopher Durand, interim Chief Executive Officer. “This initiative reflects RIPTA’s commitment to establishing a workforce development program designed to remove barriers and support our local communities.”


Key Features of the CDL Prep Course Program

  • Earn While You Learn: Participants will receive $25.33 per hour while studying for their CDL permit test.
  • Flexible Scheduling: RIPTA and ILSR will work with the participant’s schedule to ensure they can balance their studies and personal commitments.
  • No Experience Necessary: This program is designed for those who are new to the field and looking to start a career in transportation.


Job Fair Details

  • Date: June 18, 2024
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: RIPTA Headquarters, 705 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907 (enter through visitor lot B)


At the job fair, applicants will have the chance to participate in onsite interviews, check their driving records, and receive conditional offers of employment.


For more information about the CDL permit prep course program and to apply, visit Don’t miss this opportunity to start your journey towards a new career in transportation with RIPTA.