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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 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 2016

Hosted by the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL:
Evidence-based Animal Welfare Management,  10-15, 2016
NatureStart11-16, 2016 


Spring 2016 TBD

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



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

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