Certified Play Expert Workshop

Certified Play Expert (CPE) Workshop


Master the science behind PLAY: Become a PLAYfessional at Marketplace & Academy!

You know play is powerful, but can you explain why? ASTRA's Certified Play Expert Workshop gives you the research, language, and tools to support the science behind play. For the first time, you can become a Certified Play Expert at Marketplace & Academy. This pre-conference workshop will elevate your expertise in just two days.

ASTRA invites toy industry professionals, therapists, librarians, educators and anyone in the business of play to take part in this event. Become a Certified Play Expert at our first in-person, interactive 2-day pre-conference workshop!


Friday, June 7, 2019 @ 8am - 5pm
Saturday, June 8, 2019 @ 8am - 5pm

Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh 
1000 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Workshop Room: TBA 


Breakfast and lunch on both days
Certificate of graduation
Certified Play Expert pin

One of the best workshops!

Sept 2017 CPEs
It [Certified Play Expert Workshop] was a very worthwhile reminder of the importance of play and how it relates to who we are as a company. It was one of the best facilitated workshops/seminars I've attended!

- Phyllis Brody, co-founder of Creativity for Kids

Keynote: Yancey Strickler

For nearly a decade Yancey Strickler was dedicated to Kickstarter, cofounding the platform and serving as CEO for almost four years. Kickstarter has helped filmmakers, musicians, writers, designers, and other creative people bring more than 100,000 creative projects to life.


Certified Play Expert (CPE) Workshop

Register for this two-day pre-conference workshop that will launch into learning the science behind play! The Certified Play Expert program develops, expands and elevates expertise. 


ASTRA Academy

ASTRA Academy includes certifications, webinars and downloadable resources to help retailers, manufacturers and sales representatives keep a pulse on topics shaping the toy industry.