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AZA's Professional Training 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 industry leaders. AZA offers scholarships for Professional Training Courses.

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.

Registration is now open for spring 2015 courses!
Click the course title for more information and to register.

February 2-7, 2015

Hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV
 Avian Management, Biology and Conservation
Conservation Education: Effective Program Design
Institutional Records Keeping
Managing for Success: Career Development
Managing for Success: Organizational Development
Principles of Elephant Management I 


February 24-27, 2015

Hosted by the Phoenix Zoo in Phoenix, AZ
 Animal Transport for Animal Care Professionals


March 9-13, 2015

Hosted by the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, MI
Amphibian Management School


April 27 - May 2, 2015

Hosted by the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, NY 
Best Practices in Animal Keeping 


May 18-21, 2015

Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL
Principles of Elephant Management II

May 29 - June 5, 2015

Hosted by the St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL
Crocodilian Biology and Captive Management 


October 4-9, 2015

Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL 
Animal Training Applications in Zoo & Aquarium Settings  



TBD Fall 2015

Managing Animal Enrichment & Training Programs
Creating Successful Exhibits
Population Management I 
Principles of Program Animal Management   


 Contact AZA's Professional Development Program Manager or call 301-244-3351

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