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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 notfied by early September. 

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

February 11 - 16, 2019 - Registration deadline Janaury 14, 2019
Hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV: 

February 23 - 28, 2019 -
Registration deadline January 26
Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom® in Orlando, FL: 

March 4 - 8, 2019 -
Early Bird Registration deadline December 10
Hosted by Zoo Miami in Miami, FL: 

April 2 - 6, 2019 - Early Bird Registration deadline January 8, 2019
Hosted by ZooTampa in Tampa, FL:

May 5 - 10, 2019
- Early Bird Registration deadline February 10, 2019
Hosted by Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo, in Chicago, IL:

May 17 - 24/25*, 2019 - Early Bird Registration deadline February 22, 2019
Hosted by St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL: 


Coming Soon - Early Fall 2019

Click the course title for more information:

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

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


Questions? Contact AZA's Professional Development Program Department. 

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