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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.

In-Person Courses

Please note that registration typically opens two to four months in advance of a course offering. Dates and locations will be updated as they are confirmed. Registration closes four weeks prior to course start dates.

Fall 2023

October 7-12, 2023
Registration open until August 22, 2023 
Hosted by Natural Encounters in Winter Haven, FL: 

October 16-19, 2023
Registration open 
Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL:

October 22-27, 2023
Registration open 
Hosted by Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL:

November 6-11, 2023
Registration opens June 1
Hosted by Birmingham Zoo in Birmingham, AL:

Dec 2023, Dates Coming Soon 

Spring 2024

February 2024
Dates Coming Soon

February 24-29, 2024 
Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL: 

May 2024
Dates Coming Soon
Hosted by St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL:

Full Course Catalog

Animal Training Applications in Zoo and Aquarium Settings - October 7-12, 2023 
Animal Welfare: Evidence-Based Management - October 22-27, 2023 
Avian Management, Biology and Conservation - expected February 2024 
Behavioral Husbandry Best Practices for Your Animal Welfare Program - dates TBD 
Conservation Learning: Principles - expected February 2024
Conservation Learning: Leadership - expected February 2024 
Creating Successful Exhibits - expected Fall 2024
Crocodilian Biology and Professional Management - May 5-12, 2023  
Effective Leadership: Foundation & Development - November 6-11, 2023, and February 2024 
Effective Leadership: Continuous Growth - expected February 2024 
Environmental Enrichment in Zoos and Aquariums - February 24-29, 2024 
Institutional Records Keeping - expected February 2024 
Managing Animal Enrichment and Training Programs - October 7-12, 2023 
Population Management I: Data Management and Processing - expected February 2024 
Population Management II: Data Analysis and Breeding Recs - expected Fall 2024 
Principles of Elephant Management I - expected February 2024 
Principles of Elephant Management II - October 16-19, 2023 
Principles of Ambassador Animal Management - expected December 2023 


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