Behavioral Husbandry Concentration

Professional Development Certificate in Behavioral Husbandry

A certificate in the behavioral husbandry concentration focuses on developing skills and understanding of the key concepts of animal training, welfare, and enrichment. The core AZA courses create a strong foundation by providing a full understanding of the history, terminology, and latest trends alongside rich discussions, activities, and active animal training and problem solving. Electives options give professionals an opportunity customize their experience and go deeper into a particular area of interest or taxon.

AZA Core Courses

Both of these foundational courses are required for this concentration.

  • Animal Training Applications in Zoo & Aquarium Settings
  • Managing Animal Enrichment & Training Programs

Learning Partner Electives

Choose from these and future offerings through AZA and our Learning Partners to complete a minimum of 16 elective credits.   

Eligibility and number of credits awarded to be determined by AZA Professional Development Committee.

College/university coursework, workshops, or other training may be applied as approved by the AZA Professional Development Committee. Submit your request for credit to

Please note: Electives are not independently evaluated by AZA. Awarding of a certificate recognizes successful completion of the core courses and 16 units of electives and does not guarantee particular competencies or certifications. Electives are subject to change.

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