How to become an RSPCA inspector
You can get into this job through:
- applying directly
You can get experience by volunteering with an animal welfare charity, animal refuge or at one of the RSPCA's own animal care centres.
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You could do a course in animal care while you're volunteering, which may help when you come to apply for a training place with the RSPCA.
You can apply directly for trainee inspector vacancies. You should be willing to move to another part of the country to do your training, if necessary.
To be taken on as a trainee you'll need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths
- experience of working with animals
If your initial application is successful, you'll be invited to a selection day where you'll complete a series of assessments and an interview.
You'll find advice about working as an inspector through the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).