WIRES has two introductory rescue courses available, with each offering a different way to get started as a WIRES volunteer. Please note that you do not need to complete both of the courses listed below. We encourage you to select the one that is most suitable for you at this time, and upon completion if you wish to further your training with WIRES, please contact us for additional training opportunities.

These courses are only available to individuals aged 18 years and over with a permanent NSW residential address. If you are interested in rescuing and/or caring for wildlife, please read our information about volunteering with WIRES before registering for your preferred course.


WIRES Rescue 101 Course is designed to quickly provide new volunteers with the basic knowledge needed to join our Rescue 101 Program and start assisting with common rescues and rescue transport.

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WIRES Rescue and Immediate Care Course (RICC) is designed as a comprehensive introduction to wildlife rescue and care. If you are interested in learning to both rescue and care for wildlife, wanting animal emergency response and first aid classes, and joining your local branch as an authorised WIRES member or have an interest in potentially completing more advanced species training longer-term, this is the essential foundation course you need to complete first.

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National Rescue Training

WIRES Introduction to Wildlife Rescue Course available online across Australia as part of WIRES National Training Library. This course is currently available for established wildlife rescue organisations as part of WIRES Training Grants Program.

For individuals based outside NSW wanting to volunteer to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife, please review this list of National Rescue Organisations in your state or territory that you may be able to join. If you are in Tasmania please read this information about Tasmanian Training.

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WIRES offers classes on animal emergency response & wildlife first aid in Australia.

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