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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

September 23 - 28, 2019 -
Registration closed
Hosted by the Denver Zoo, in Denver, CO:

October 28 - 31, 2019* -
Registration Deadline September 30th
Hosted by Houston Zoo, Houston TX:

November 11 - 16, 2019 -
Registration Deadline October 14th
Hosted by Clayton Plaza in St. Louis, MO:

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


Coming Soon - Fall 2019 / Spring & Early Fall 2020

Click the course title for more information:

February 22 - 27, 2020 -
Registration opens in September 2019
Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom® in Orlando, FL: 

February 29 - March 5, 2020 -
Registration opens in September 2019
Hosted by ZooTampa in Tampa, FL:

April 17 - 24/25*, 2020 -
Registration opens in October 2019
Hosted by St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL: 

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

October 2020 - Registration opens in May 2020
Hosted by Indianapolis Zoo in Indianapolis, IN:


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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