ZRA announces its online Training Certificate Program is officially available! Read the official announcement here.

You may also read the original press release here for additional details.

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

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

Module Descriptions and Estimated Hours for Completion

The ZRA Training Certificate Program contains nine (9) hours of programmed instructional content. Estimated times for learners to complete each module including instructional content, note taking, review of supplemental materials and exam completion, are listed below. Times for module completion may be more or less than these estimates based on individual learning styles and existing knowledge of the material. Learners have 30 days to complete each individual module, or 180 days for the entire program, and will receive three reminders regarding completion requirements.

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.

Estimated time for learners to complete this module is 6 - 7 hours.

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.

Estimated time for learners to complete this module is 11 - 12 hours.

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.

Estimated time for learners to complete this module is 3 - 4 hours.

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.

Estimated time for learners to complete this module is 7 - 8 hours.

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.

Estimated time for learners to complete this module is 5 - 6 hours.

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.

Estimated time for learners to complete this module is 3 - 4 hours.