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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 all fall 2015 and spring 2016 courses!  

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October 4-9, 2015
Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL: 
 Animal Training Applications in Zoo & Aquarium Settings FULL 

October 25-30, 2015
 Hosted by the Houston Zoo in Houston, TX: 
 Managing Animal Enrichment & Training Programs 

November 16-21, 2015
Hosted by Crowne Plaza Clayton in St. Louis, MO:
Creating Successful Exhibits
Population Management I FULL
Principles of Program Animal Management 

February 8-13, 2016
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  

March 1-4, 2016
 Hosted by Zoo Miami in Miami, FL:
 Animal Transport for Animal Care Professionals 

April 1-8, 2016

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

April 10-16, 2016

 Hosted by the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL:
 Animal WelfareEvidence-Based Management April 10-15 
NatureStart,  April 11-16 


May 2-6, 2016

Hosted by the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL: 
Aquarium Design, 
Husbandry, and Leadership 


May 12-17, 2016 

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


Registration opening in 2016: 

September 25-30, 2016

Hosted by Denver Zoo in Denver, CO:  
Animal Training Applications in Zoo & Aquarium Settings 
Managing Animal Enrichment & Training Programs  




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

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