ASTRA's Certified Play Expert program is here!


Our Certified Play Expert Program two-day course is here again, and it will be held live, the two days prior to Marketplace & Academy in Columbus, Ohio, June 9-10 2023.

8am - 5pm both days.

There is a cost to the program, but the benefits – both for you, personally and for your business - will be well worth the cost of $399 per person for the two days of training. If you register 2 or more people, the price drops to $299 per person.

Breakfast & Lunch are included on both days!

What is the Certified Play Expert Program?

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, research-based 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.

Don't take it merely from us.

"Play is the highest form of research," said Albert Einstein.


Hilton Columbus Downtown
401 North High Street
Columbus, OHIO

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Contact us

For additional event or venue information, please email swarfield@astratoy.orgYou can also reach us at +1 3122389393