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Enroll today to gain valuable knowledge and skills!

AZA's Professional Training Courses are team-taught by experienced and knowledgeable professionals from the zoo and aquarium industry. Students are presented the unique chance to learn about the latest techniques, information, and tools available and are afforded an unequaled opportunity to network with industry leaders. AZA offers scholarships for Professional Training Courses.

Click on a course title for more information. In general, each course is offered annually around the same time each year. Click here for course policies.

March 27-April 3, 2014

Hosted by St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL 
Crocodilian Biology & Captive Management  (FULL) 

April 6-11, 2014

Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL
Animal Training: Applications in Zoo & Aquarium Settings (FULL) 

April 26-May 1, 2014

Hosted by Toledo Zoo in Toledo, OH
Best Practices in Animal Keeping '=

May 12-15, 2014

Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL  
Principles of Elephant Management II  


Registration is now open for the early fall 2014 courses!
Click the course title for more information and to register.

September 29-October 4, 2014

Hosted by Chicago Zoological Society-Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL

October 19-24, 2014

Hosted by the Houston Zoo in Houston, TX
Managing Animal Enrichment & Training Programs (October 19-24)
Principles of Elephant Management II (October 21-24)


 Registration will for Nov. courses will open in early April  

November TBD, 2014

Location TBD
Creating Successful Exhibits
Population Management I
Population Management II 
Principles of Program Animal Management 

 Registration for 2015 courses will open in June 
February TBD, 2015

Hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV
 Avian Management, Biology and Conservation
Conservation Education: Effective Program Design
Institutional Records Keeping
Managing for Success: Career Development
Managing for Success: Organizational Development
Principles of Elephant Management I 



 Contact AZA's Professional Development Program Manager or call 301-244-3351