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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. In general, each course is offered annually around the same time each year. Click here for course policies.

AZA offers a number of scholarships for Professional Development Courses. AZA scholarship applications are made available each summer.  Sponsor the AZA Professional Development Program and place your brand in the spotlight! To learn more, please click here.

Click on a course title below for more information.

All Scheduled Fall 2020 Courses have been cancelled

Spring 2021

February 15 - 20, 2021 - Registration opens in September
Hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV: 

February 27 - March 4, 2021 - Registration opens in September
Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom® in Orlando, FL: 

Spring TBD 2021 
Hosted by St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL: 

May 2 - 7, 2021 - Registration Opens in February 2021
Hosted by Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL:

Spring TBD 2021 
Hosted by Indianapolis Zoo in Indianapolis, IN:

Fall 2021

Fall TBD 2021 
Hosted by the Denver Zoo, in Denver, CO:

November TBD 2021 
Hosted by Clayton Plaza in St. Louis, MO:

Questions? Contact AZA's Professional Development Program Department. 

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