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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.

Fall 2019

February 10 - 15, 2020 - Early Bird Registration Deadline November 18th 
Hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV: 

February 22 - 27, 2020 - Early Bird Registration Deadline December 8, 2019

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

February 29 - March 5, 2020 

Hosted by ZooTampa in Tampa, FL:

April 17 - 24/25*, 2020 

Hosted by St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL: 


Coming Soon - Spring & Early Fall 2020

Click the course title for more information:

May 3 - 8, 2020 - Registration opens in November 2019
Hosted by Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL:

September 27 - October 2, 2020 - Registration opens in March 2020
Hosted by the Denver Zoo, in Denver, CO:

October 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:


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. 

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