Information for candidates

If you know you can meet the demands of what we expect from our inspectors, then take a look at the requirements for the role and follow the application link at the bottom of this page.

Entry criteria

  • 5 GCSE's - Grade C or above, or the historic or geographical equivalent, to include English and Maths (or grade 4 or above on the 2017 grading structure).
  • A full, current, UK licence to drive a car with a manual gearbox.
  • The ability to swim 50 metres fully clothed within 2.5 minutes.
  • Feel comfortable with working at heights and from ladders.
  • A good level of physical fitness.
  • Proven experience of working both as part of a team and independently.
  • Proven interpersonal skills - experience in the successful management of confrontational situations is essential.
  • Experience of working with animals.
  • Good administrative skills.
  • The flexibility to work unsociable hours including some evenings, weekends and bank holidays.
  • Ability to be away from home for a seven month period (this will include some weekends).

If you think you've got what it takes to become an RSPCA inspector read through the full Trainee Inspector Career Information (PDF 60 KB).

Training to be an RSPCA inspector

Inspector Maxine Jones in van © RSPCA photolibrary

In order for you to qualify as an RSPCA inspector, you must successfully complete 19 training units contained within a series of modules. Module duration is between one and eight weeks depending on the subject. Under normal circumstances you are expected to complete your training within a year from registering on the initial module.

Full-board accommodation will be provided for you during your attendance for these modules. This is to allow for centralised training, including some evening workshops and tutorials, at an appropriate venue in England or Wales, depending on the module content.

Criminal offences

Due to the nature of the work, a conviction (or formal caution within the past ten years) for a number of criminal offences, will mean a rejection of your application. The offences include (but not exhaustively) violent crime, public order, corruption or dishonesty.

Section 21 of the Firearms Act sets out restrictions on the possession of firearms by certain categories of persons convicted of crimes. In short, persons who are sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three years or more are never allowed to possess firearms, and persons who are sentenced to a term of imprisonment for three months or more but less than three years must not possess firearms until five years have passed since the date of release.

Consideration may also be given to any previous convictions or cautions and in particular, any conviction which involves the use of a firearm and, offences involving violence, or offences involving dishonesty or a disregard for public safety.

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act

This post is not protected by the Act. You will be required to declare details of all convictions and police cautions, including those regarded as 'spent' under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

Important information

If you or your family or partner have any business or financial connection with animals, you are required to disclose it. You should notify the learning and development department of any potential or perceived conflict with the Society's policies or reputation.

Applications are now closed

Applications are now closed for the trainee inspector role. If you're still interested in working for us please see our other job vacancies or volunteer roles.


Can you help?

We currently have approximately 400 inspectors fighting for better animal welfare.

It costs £50,000 to train each inspector and get them on the road; investigating cruelty and rescuing animals.

Please, help us train more vital inspectors, give what you can today.

Thank you.