RSPCA NSW runs nationally accredited training programs about animal care and welfare.

RSPCA Academy

RSPCA NSW offers both internal and external training. All our training staff hold qualifications in adult education and have extensive practical experience.

External training is managed through our Registered Training Organisation (RTO code 70238). This includes Microchip Implantation and Certificate II in Animal Studies, which are both nationally accredited qualifications. Please note that Microchip Implantation is a prerequisite for those wishing to register as an authorised identifier in NSW.

Internal training is either delivered by the training section itself or in conjunction with our external partners, such as TAFE NSW.

Other training activities include:

  • assessing Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students from the University of Sydney
  • gentle handling training
  • training volunteers and staff from Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service

RSPCA NSW trainers also have a strong industry presence, with representation on the Industry Reference Committee for the Animal Care and Management Training Package. This national committee oversees the development and implementation of changes to the training package.

Our trainers also provide a voice on topics including animal behaviour, management and training; animal technology; assistance, captive and domestic animals; animal boarding; animal grooming; and veterinary nursing.

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