The Training Certificate Program will launch by the end of 2018 and will be delivered online. ZRA will issue a press release announcing the date of launch for the Program. Members and non-members will register and pay for the course or a single module(s) through the ZRA website by clicking on the Training Program tab, logging in as a member or creating an account as a non-member.

For information about the ZRA Training Certificate Program please contact the ZRA Professional Development Committee here.

More details coming soon.


ZRA Members Certificate Program $150
Non-Members Certificate Program $200
ZRA Members Individual Module $25
Non-Members Individual Module $50

Module 1: History and Established Tenets of Animal Records

Module 1 provides an introduction to animal records including their creation, management and function. Content focuses on the history of records at zoological institutions and the fundamental components of an animal record and keeper daily report.

Module 2: Records and Information Management (RIM)

Module 2 provides terminology, principles, concepts and best practices for Records and Information Management (RIM) and the skills and competencies required to manage all types of records throughout the information lifecycle.

Module 3: Transactions

Module 3 describes the various types of live animal transactions, best practices for managing workflow and documentation requirements, and standards for recording events.

Module 4: US Federal Wildlife Permits and Regulations

Module 4 provides an introduction to the various U.S. federal agencies and regulations that apply to wildlife in human care, regulated activities and related requirements (applications, permits and reporting) and related contacts and resources.

Module 5: Live Animal Logistics

Module 5 provides an introduction to the various options available to ship live animals (containers, container requirements, methods of transport, relevant Federal regulations and required documentation), and primary considerations for transport planning and coordination.

Module 6: Biological Samples and Biofacts

Module 6 provides an introduction to the various categories of biological materials held in zoological institutions, including living and non-living tissues and biofacts, and defines records essentials and best practices for documentation and agreements.