RSPCA NSW runs training programs about animal care and welfare.

RSPCA NSW Training Team

The RSPCA NSW Training Team offers training in a range of accredited and non-accredited courses. These include but are not limited to:

Nationally Accredited Training

  • ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Microchip Implantation (ACMMIC401 Implant Microchip in Cats and Dogs)

Non-Accredited Training

  • Animal First Aid
  • Vet Nursing Continuing Education

All our trainers on the RSPCA NSW Training Team have the required training and assessment qualifications and have many years of industry experience. Our trainers maintain current skills by actively engaging in animal care work.

The RSPCA NSW Training Team also deliver training to RSPCA NSW staff and other organisations. If you have any questions about any training requirements other than those listed above, please use the contact details below to lodge an enquiry.

Our accredited training is managed through our Registered Training Organisation (RTO code 70238). See the links below for information on these courses. If you are a student undertaking nationally recognised training, you require a USI (Unique Student Identifier) in order to receive your qualification or statement of attainment. If you don’t have a USI, you will not receive your qualification or statement of attainment. For information on how to create a USI and any exemptions please visit www.usi.gov.au.

For more information about current and future courses, simply follow the links below, or contact our training team on (02) 9782 4478 or at training@rspcansw.org.au.

To download our Student Handbook, please click here.

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Training FAQs

Applications for this course open several times a year. RSPCA NSW suggests you submit an expression of interest using the form below. When applications for the next session open, we’ll send you an email to let you know to apply. As there are limited places available on the course, RSPCA NSW recommends that you submit your application as soon as possible after receiving this email. Once applications close, we will let you know if you have been successful in securing a place in the course.

Once dates for new courses have been confirmed, they’ll be posted on our website here and here. You can submit an expression of interest and when a new course opens, you’ll be notified by email to register.

Full payment must be made no less than two weeks before the course begins. Please note that RSPCA Academy courses are not eligible for VET FEE-HELP. Businesses can opt to receive an invoice when registering staff for animal first aid or microchipping courses.

Due to RSPCA policy, students must be at least 18 years old, with the appropriate approval to study or work in Australia. For further details, please see individual course pages.

You can find a list of any available positions at RSPCA NSW here. However, please note that undertaking training through RSPCA NSW or the RSPCA Academy does not guarantee an interview for a paid or volunteer position at RSPCA NSW.

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