- Wildlife Info
In NSW, no person is allowed to care for native animals without an annual authority to act issued under the licence held by WIRES or another licensed wildlife rehabilitation organisation or by a privately licensed individual. You must be over 18 to attend a WIRES training course.
WIRES training will now come under the auspices of a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). This means that WIRES will now be able to provide training that results in qualifications that are nationally recognised and accepted by industry and other educational institutions.
Our previous two day Rescue and Immediate Care Courses (RICC) are now able to be completed via an online component and a face to face workshop.
RICC participants will also have the opportunity to undertake a Practical Skills Field Assessment for accreditation for the unit of competency ACMGAS305A – Rescue animals and apply basic first aid.
Please note that where there is high demand for training courses and numbers are limited, priority will be given to those who reside within the branch area running the course. If this is the case and you live outside the branch area you may be referred to a future training course at your local branch.
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WIRES also runs specialist courses which are only available to existing members of WIRES who have completed a rescue and immediate care course and been actively involved with animal care.
These courses are sometimes open to members of other wildlife rescue groups who have completed training courses and already hold a NPWS Licence or members of other rescue organizations who require specialist animal handling skills in emergency situations. If you are interested in obtaining further information about our specialist courses please email us, including details of the specialist area you are interested in, your completed training and licence number or the name of your rescue organisation.
For WIRES members a complete list of advanced training courses is available on the WIRES members site.
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