Master Herpetologist Program Suite - Available Courses

The Master Herpetologist Program II: Research & Case Studies is offered online, and is taught by a diversity of herpetologists from around the world.

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Online Course

This intensive class provides a deep dive as herpetologists from around the world give insight into the field through their research, experiments and results. Learn from some of the world leaders in current herpetological research. Topics include physiology, phylogeny, genetics, evolution, biogeography, functional morphology, and more. The material is intended to educate and provide a deeper understanding of the biology of reptiles and amphibians, as well as provide perspectives and inspiration for avenues for future study.

This course builds on the materials and topics presented in the Master Herpetologist Program, and is available only to certified Master Herpetologists.


The course fee includes lectures, handouts, exam, and optional live Zoom discussions with the Lead Instructor.

The class is intended for adults. Please contact us before registering someone under the age of 18

Registration is not open yet for the Master Herpetologist II: Research & Case Studies, but if you sign up for the mailing list, we will let you know as soon as it opens.


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Metamorphosis Meadow at AF
The Amphibian Research and Conservation Center at AF. Nicknamed 'Metamorphosis Meadow' this outdoor facility houses some of the US's most imperiled amphibians for conservation studies.

Online Course Portal

Below is the login portal for the online version of Master Herpetologist Program. Access might not be possible before the actual start date of the course.


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Why take the Master Herpetologist Course?

First and foremost, the Master Herpetologist program is an intensive class in herpetology, covering most of the major groups in detail. While the instructors aim to make the material accessible to the widest audience possible, students should anticipate spending between 8-10 hours per two-week session to digest the information (up to 5 hours/week).

The students so far have come from a wide range of backgrounds including: college and graduate students, educators, agency professionals, naturalists, and herp enthusiasts. Typically students are interested in gaining knowledge and connections in the field of herpetology, and building their resume with certification as a Master Herpetologist.

The certificate also serves as documentation of program completion, including passing the final exam.

Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society

'The Amphibian Foundation’s Master Herpetologist Certification Program'

A wonderful review of the course by Amelia Pollock


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