Our Certified Play Expert Program two-day course is here again, and it will be held live in St. Louis, MO, on May 31 & June 1, 2024, right before Marketplace.

8:00am - 5:-00pm both days.

What is the Certified Play Expert Program?

Our Certified Play Expert Program is a comprehensive 2-day course designed to equip participants with expertise in both the art and science of play.

Through this program, you will delve into the intricacies of child development, gaining insights into the profound significance of play at every stage of growth.

Parents and buyers depend on the specialty toy industry for toys that are loads of fun for kids, and promote healthy, developmentally appropriate play at the same time. Becoming well-versed in the art and science of play is an important business strategy that leads to differentiating your products or your store from the competition and builds trust with your customers.

Earning the ASTRA Certified Play Expert credential will deepen your knowledge about child development and the importance of play – through ALL ages! Participants will get top-quality, researchbased instruction in several core areas, including:

  • Theories of child development
  • Characteristics of major developmental stages
  • Types of play and their benefits
  • Advocating for play and
  • Making sense of play.

This knowledge is not only a vital business strategy but is also essential for personal enrichment for manufacturers, retailers and sales reps alike.

For Manufacturers

The deep understanding of child development acquired through this program will allow you to distinguish your products from competitors.

By incorporating this knowledge into the design and development process, you can create toys and games that align with the specific developmental needs of children, setting your products apart and capturing the attention of discerning consumers.

For Retailers

The Certified Play Expert Program empowers you to become a trusted advisor to your customers.

Armed with comprehensive knowledge of child development and the importance of play, you will be able to guide parents and caregivers in selecting toys that are not only entertaining but also promote healthy and developmentally appropriate play. This expertise positions you as a reliable source, fostering trust and loyalty among your customer base.

For Sales Reps

Mastering the art and science of play through our program can significantly enhance your effectiveness in serving both your clients and your business goals. By deepening your understanding of child development and play, you'll be at the forefront of delivering value and quality to buyers and partners alike.

Come stay young with us in St. Louis!


Where: Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel

When: Friday May 31 and Saturday June 1

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm each day


Continental Breakfast and Lunch is included each day


Cost: $399 per person for the two days of training.

If you register 2 or more people, the price drops to $299 per person.


Space is limited so register early HERE !

We understand the value of collective learning and the importance of group dynamics in fostering a thriving learning atmosphere.

That's why we're thrilled to announce a special opportunity!

If you have a group of 15 or more people who are eager to participate in our Certified Play Expert Workshop, we will bring the workshop to your city at a location near you!

Also, if you haven't registered for Marketplace and Academy yet, you can do so HERE.


Marriott St. Louis Grand

Washington Avenue 800
St. Louis

If you have any questions please contact Michael Foldeak

Contact Organizer

+1 3122834255

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