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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.

Spring 2019

April 2 - 6, 2019 - Registration closed
Hosted by ZooTampa in Tampa, FL:

May 5 - 10, 2019
- Registration deadline April 7
Hosted by Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo, in Chicago, IL:

May 17 - 24/25*, 2019 -
Registration deadline April 19
Hosted by St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL: 

September 23 - 28, 2019 -
Early Bird Registration Deadline July 1
Hosted by the Denver Zoo, in Denver, CO:


Coming Soon - Early Fall 2019/Spring 2020

Click the course title for more information:

November 11 - 16, 2019 - Registration opens in May
Hosted by Clayton Plaza in St. Louis, MO:


Hosted by Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY: 

February 10 - 15, 2020 -
Registration opens in August
Hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV: 

February 22 - 29, 2019 -
Registration opens in September
Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom® in Orlando, FL: 

Questions? Contact AZA's Professional Development Program Department. 

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