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2014 Accreditation Standards and Related Policies

Accreditation Standards and Related Policies (in PDF)
The complete standards for zoos, aquariums and related facilities applying for AZA accreditation and certification (92 pp.).

Maximizing Occupational Safety of Elephant Care Professionals At AZA-accredited and AZA-certified Facilities (in PDF)
Policy approved by the AZA Board of Directors in 2011 (3 pp.).

2014 Accreditation Documents

Guide to Accreditation of Zoological Parks and Aquariums (in PDF)
The complete guidelines for zoos and aquariums applying for AZA accreditation (39 pp.).

Accreditation Questionnaire (Application) (in DOC) (29 pp.)

Accreditation Inspector's Handbook and Report Form

Visiting Committee Members may download the 2014 edition of the Accreditation Inspector's Handbook (in PDF) and 2013 edition of the Visiting Committee Report Form (in DOC) (2014 edition coming soon) or contact Jennifer DiNenna, Manager, Accreditation Programs, at 301-562-0777, ext. 248, to receive a hard copy.  

2014 Certification Documents

Guide to Certification of Related Facilities (in PDF)
The complete guidelines for facilities applying for AZA certification (39 pp.).

Certification Questionnaire (Application) (in DOC) (28pp.)

Certification Inspector's Handbook and Report Form

Visiting Committee Members may download the 2014 edition of the Certification Inspector's Handbook (in PDF) and 2013 edition of the Visiting Committee Report Form (in DOC) (2014 edition coming soon) or contact Jennifer DiNenna, Manager, Accreditation Programs, at 301-562-0777, ext. 248, to receive a hard copy.  

Accreditation A thru Z Power Point

For more information on the accreditation process a Power Point presentation entitled "Accreditation A thru Z" is available. The presentation covers pointers for institutions going through the process and for those institutions considering applying for accreditation. It also provides information for current and potential accreditation and certification inspectors. You may obtain a copy of the presentation by contacting Jennifer DiNenna, Manager, Accreditation Programs.

Accreditation Rack Cards for Visitors

Show your visitors what your AZA accreditation means! Download the Accreditation Rack Card.