AZA's Professional Development 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 current and future leaders.
AZA offers a number of scholarships for Professional Development Courses. AZA scholarship applications are made available in May and are due by mid-July. Scholarship recipients are then notfied by early September.
Click on a course title below or from the list to the left for more information. In general, each course is offered annually around the same time each year. Click here for course policies.
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October 1-6, 2017 - Early bird registration closes July 9th
Hosted by the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL:
October 8 - 13 2017 - Early bird registration closes July 17th
Hosted by the Denver Zoo, in Denver, CO:
October 24-27, 2017 - Early bird registration closes August 1st
Hosted by the Houston Zoo in Houston, TX:
November 13 - 18, 2017 - Early bird registration closes August 21st
Hosted by Clayton Plaza in St. Louis, MO:
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February 12 - 17, 2018 - Registration opens in September
Hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV:
March 6 - 9, 2018 - Registration opens in October
Hosted by Zoo Miami in Miami, FL:
March 16 - 23/24*, 2018 - Registration opens in October
Hosted by St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL:
May 6 - 11, 2018
Hosted by Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo, in Chicago, IL:
Spring 2019 - Dates TBD
Hosted by Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, NY:
Questions? Contact AZA's Professional Development Program