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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.

Applications are now being accepted for the Disney's Animal Kingdom Diversity Advancement Virtual Scholarship. Click here for details, applications due Friday August 27.


Upcoming Virtual Courses

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. 

Fall 2021

October & November 2021 

Upcoming In-Person Courses

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.

AZA offers a number of scholarships for in-person Professional Development Courses. AZA scholarship applications will next be opened in summer 2022.  Sponsor the AZA Professional Development Program and place your brand in the spotlight! To learn more, please click here.

Fall 2021

October 19-22 2021 
Hosted by the Indianapolis Zoo, in Indianapolis, IN:

November 2021 - Canceled
Hosted by Clayton Plaza in St. Louis, MO:

Spring 2022

February 14-19, 2022
Hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV: 

Spring TBD 2022 
Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom® in Orlando, FL: 

Spring TBD 2022 
Hosted by St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL: 

Spring TBD, 2022 
Hosted by Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL:

Spring TBD 2022 
Hosted by Indianapolis Zoo in Indianapolis, IN:

Questions? Contact AZA's Professional Development Program Department. 

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