SMSC Becomes an AZA Learning Partner

Posted: March 1, 2016 at 10:42 am, Last Updated: October 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation is excited to announce their new status as a Learning Partner in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Professional Development Certificate Program. These certificates are offered in a range of different specialty areas or “concentrations” including Behavioral Husbandry, Education & Interpretation and Management & Operations. Certificate concentrations involve more than 100 hours of training, and are completed by choosing from a range of elective courses of different types, from core in-person courses offered by AZA, to webinars, workshops and courses run by Learning Partners.

AZA Learning Partners are formally recognized organizations that provide high quality training opportunities that are of interest to AZA members. In many cases, programs provided by these partners directly qualify as electives for one or more concentrations in the AZA Certificate Program.

AZA currently offers three different concentrations and that list is expanding to 6 concentration this year (2015). SMSC looks forward to continuing to connect with the AZA Certificate Program and is excited to partner with AZA to develop the skills and experience of AZA members. The close ties between SMSC and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo allow SMSC to offer specialized training programs in a range of topics of interest to the zoo and aquarium community, like our new upcoming Practical Zoo Nutrition Management course. We look forward to developing more exciting offerings like this that strengthen this exciting partnership with AZA and their Professional Development Certificate Program.