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 notified by early September.
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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.
CANCELLED (New Dates TBD)
Hosted by St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL:
August 23 - 28, 2020 - Registration Deadline July 26th (New Dates)
Hosted by Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL:
September 27 - October 2, 2020 - Early Bird Registration Deadline July 5th
Hosted by the Denver Zoo, in Denver, CO:
Click the course title for more information:
October 25 - 28, 2020 - Registration opens in May 2020
Hosted by Indianapolis Zoo in Indianapolis, IN:
November 9 - 14, 2020 - Registration opens in June 2020
Hosted by Clayton Plaza in St. Louis, MO:
February 15 - 20, 2021 - Registration Open in August
Hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV:
February 27 - March 4, 2021 - Registration opens in August
Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom® in Orlando, FL:
The following courses have been postponed until further notice:
More information about event dates for these courses will be announced in 2020.
Questions? Contact AZA's Professional Development Program Department.