AZA's in-person and virtual 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. In general, each course is offered annually around the same time each year. Click here for course policies.
AZA's virtual courses bring the learning experience to you. Students join instructors live each week for virtual course meetings, continuing discussions and coursework between sessions using Google Classroom.
AZA will be resuming our typical in-person course schedule in 2022. Dates and locations will be updated as they are confirmed. Registration typically opens five to six months in advance of a course offering.
In 2022, all students and instructors will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster, if eligible, to attend in-person courses.
October 24-27, 2022
Hosted by Houston Zoo in Houston, TX:
November 7-12, 2022
Hosted by Clayton Plaza in St. Louis, MO:
December 5-10, 2022
Hosted by San Diego Zoo in San Diego, CA:
February 13 - 18, 2023
Hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV:
February 25 - March 2, 2023
Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom® in Orlando, FL:
May 5 - 12, 2023
Hosted by St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL:
Questions? Contact AZA's Professional Development Program Department.