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Training Courses

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.

All WIRES Rescue and Immediate Care Courses now have an online component and a face to face workshop.

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.

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.

The course cost will be $175. Please note that once paid the course fee is not refundable and not transferable.

You can register now to receive email notification of upcoming training courses

If you have further questions please submit a training enquiry.

You can read more about volunteering for WIRES.

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.

Scheduled Rescue and Immediate Care Courses

Central Northern - Moree - 27th August 2017

Dubbo - 2nd September 2017

Mid North Coast - Coffs Harbour - 3rd September 2017

Sydney North West - Kings Langley - 9th September 2017

Wingecarribee - Mittagong - 10th September 2017

Hawkesbury - 10th September 2017

Blue Mountains - Faulconbridge - 16th September 2017

Northern Rivers - Lismore - 17th September 2017

Southern Tablelands - Goulburn - 17th September 2017

Murray River - Albury - 23rd September 2017

Sydney South West - Macquarie Fields - 23rd September 2017

Central Coast - Gosford - 24th September 2017

Clarence Valley - Grafton - 19th November 2017

Mid North Coast - Coffs Harbour - 17th March 2018

No course currently scheduled in your area? Register for our training newsletter to receive notification of courses as they are scheduled in 2016.

Specialist Courses

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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Thank you for caring about wildlife and helping to protect our precious native animals for generations to come.

  • WIRES has been serving wildlife and the community for almost 30 years
  • WIRES has 27 branches in NSW
  • WIRES has over 2500 volunteers
  • Annually we receive tens of thousands of calls to assist native animals in distress
  • In the past WIRES Rescue team have made approximately 130,000 calls a year to vets and volunteers to organise rescues
  • WIRES wildlife rescue and care services are community funded with more than 98% of our funds coming from caring individuals and organisations in the community.