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Technical analysis has become an important part of most investment activity. The STA is the professional body associated with technical analysis in The United Kingdom. We run annual courses for both experienced and novice analysts. Courses are held in London at the London School of Economics, King’s College London, Queen Mary University and the British Bankers Association and all teaching is by qualified STA members. The courses are accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Comparing Courses

Course NameStart DateVenueCost
Diploma Part 1Oct 2017London School of Economicsfrom £995
Diploma Part 2Jan 2018London School of Economicsfrom £1995
Diploma Part 1 & 2 PackageOct 2017London School of Economicsfrom £2795
Home Study (HSC)anytimeOnlinefrom £495
HSC + ExamsanytimeOnlinefrom £1195
STA Education : Courses : STA Diploma Part 1 Course

STA Diploma Part 1 Course

Suitability

This course is aimed at those with little or no knowledge of technical analysis and is designed to give students an introduction to technical analysis and also to enable individuals to move onto to the STA Diploma Part 2 Course.

The STA Diploma Part 1 Course runs for one evening a week over a seven week period.

Course Objective

This seven week course prepares students for the STA Diploma Part 1 examination, an internationally recognised qualification, accredited by the International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA). It gives participants a basic understanding of technical analysis. The STA Diploma Part 1 examination is a two hour, 120 question, multiple choice exam.

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STA Education : Courses : STA Diploma Part 2 Course

STA Diploma Part 2 Course

Suitability

This course is aimed at students who already know the basics of technical analysis and who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge.

The course prepares students for the STA Diploma Part 2 Examination, should they wish to gain a qualification in the subject. This course runs for over a 12 week period, starting in January each year. The April sitting for the STA Diploma Part 2 Examination is held at the end of the course.

Course Objective

The aim of the  CISI accredited STA Diploma Part 2 Course and (optional) examination is to confirm that a candidate possesses the professional knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue a career in technical analysis within the investment community. In particular, at the end of their training period qualified technicians are expected to have a good understanding of, and practical experience in, the major techniques taught on the course, together with a wide range of timing and analytical tools and indicators to enable them to select the most advantageous portfolios, trades, hedges etc. for their clients, their employers or their own trading systems. The syllabus is therefore designed primarily to ensure that students will gain the necessary skills to pursue their careers to a more advanced level in a professional manner, and also to provide investors with the knowledge and confidence in technical analysis that will enable them to make better informed trading decisions.

In order to gain the MSTA designation (Member of the Society of Technical Analysts) students will need to pass the STA Diploma Part 1 and Part 2 examinations and be a current member of the STA. The STA Diploma Part 1 Examination is a two hour multiple choice, 120 question, examination and the STA Diploma Part 2 Examination is a three hour paper based examination.

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STA Education : Courses : STA Diploma Part 1 & 2 Course Package

STA Diploma Part 1 & 2 Course Package

Suitability

This annual twenty week, CISI accredited, course teaches the basics of technical analysis in Part 1 of the course and then provides in-depth knowledge and practical application of the theories in Part 2 of the STA Diploma Course. It is taught by market professionals, authors and Fellows of the STA and also prepares students for the STA Diploma Part 1 and 2 examinations. These are internationally recognised qualifications, which are equivalent to the International Federation of Technical Analysts’ (IFTA) CFTe I and CFTe II accreditation.

The course takes place from October to April each year. Lectures are held once a week, from 6pm-8.30pm, at the London School of Economics and are followed by the Part 1 examination in early December and the Part 2 examination in April.

Course Objective

This twenty week course prepares students for the STA Diploma Part 1 & 2 examinations which are internationally recognised qualifications accredited by the International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA). The course objective is to give participants a thorough grounding in the core aspects of technical analysis before progressing to develop in-depth understanding and mastering practical application. It is to confirm that a candidate possesses the professional knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue a career in technical analysis within the investment community. In particular, at the end of their training period qualified technicians are expected to have a good understanding of, and practical experience in, the major techniques taught on the course, together with a wide range of timing and analytical tools and indicators to enable them to select the most advantageous portfolios, trades, hedges etc. for their clients, their employers or their own trading systems. The syllabus is therefore designed primarily to ensure that students will gain the necessary skills to pursue their careers to a more advanced level in a professional manner, and also to provide investors with the knowledge and confidence in technical analysis that will enable them to make better informed trading or investment decisions.

In order to gain the MSTA designation (Member of the Society of Technical Analysts) students will need to pass the STA Diploma Part 1 and Part 2 examinations and be a current member of the STA. The STA Diploma Part 1 Examination is a two hour, 120 question, multiple choice examination and the STA Diploma Part 2 Examination is a three hour paper based exam.

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STA Education : Courses : Home Study Course©

Home Study Course©

Suitability

This Home Study Course (HSC) is for students who wish to learn at their own pace, rather than in a classroom due to either time or geographical constraints. The STA Home Study Course is the official publication from the STA, containing chapters written by leading authors in their field. The program is divided into 12 units designed to cover all relevant aspects of the STA Diploma syllabus. Each unit carries a series of multiple choice questions to test the student’s understanding of each topic. Advice on report writing, commentaries and exam preparation are also included in the package.

Course Objective

This is a self-study course for those unable to attend the weekly lectures in London. The Home Study Course (HSC) is divided into 12 units designed to cover all relevant aspects of the STA Diploma Part 1 and 2 syllabus and examinations. Each unit carries a series of multiple choice questions to test the student’s understanding of each topic before he/she sits the Part 1 Exam.

In addition to the HSC course materials, students are also advised to read further on each subject. Reference text guidance and recommended reading are provided at the end of each unit.

The course is downloadable and may be viewed using PC, Mac, iPad or Android machines.

Please note that you must be a member of the STA to use the HSC or sit exams. If you are not a member already, then click here to join. The link will open in a separate window and membership will cost you £20 for the first year.

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STA Education : Courses : Home Study Course© + Diploma Exams Package

Home Study Course© + Diploma Exams Package

Suitability

This Home Study Course© (HSC) + Diploma Exams package is for students who wish to learn at their own pace, rather than in a classroom due to either time or geographical constraints and who wish to gain the STA Diploma. Once the Part 1 Exam has been passed, the Part 2 Exam can be sat as well. Passing both Part 1 and 2 exams leads to the coveted STA Diploma in Technical Analysis being awarded to a candidate.

The STA Home Study Course is the official publication from the STA, containing chapters written by leading authors in their field. The program is divided into 12 units designed to cover all relevant aspects of the STA Diploma syllabus. Each unit carries a series of multiple choice questions to test the student’s understanding of each topic. Advice on report writing, commentaries and exam preparation are also included in the package.

Course Objective

This is a self-study course for those unable to attend the weekly lectures in London. The Home Study Course© (HSC) is divided into 12 units designed to cover all relevant aspects of the STA Diploma Part 1 and 2 syllabus and examinations. Each unit carries a series of multiple choice questions to test the student’s understanding of each topic before he/she sits the Part 1 and 2 examinations.

In addition to the HSC course materials, students are also advised to read further on each subject. Reference text guidance and recommended reading are provided at the end of each unit.

The course is downloadable and may be viewed using PC, Mac, iPad or Android machines.

Please note that you must be a member of the STA to use the HSC or sit exams. If you are not a member already, then click here to join. The link will open in a separate window and membership will cost you £20 for the first year.

 

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About Mentors

Current and past STA Diploma students have access to our technical analysis mentors. These are STA Diploma Course lecturers and are there to help you.

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What past students say

“I found the HSC thorough and easy to navigate, with excellent content and suitable diagrammatic explanations where appropriate.”

Benjamin Denney, Katmai Capital Investors, student on the Home Study Course
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4 Steps to get started

4 Steps to get started

Step 1 – Choose the right course for you but ensure you qualify for it.

Step 2 – Complete the online application form and ethics declaration.

Step 3 – You will then receive approval from STA Administrative Services and can make your payment.

Step 4 – We will then send you your Welcome Pack.

That’s how easy it is to become an Associate Member of the STA!

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Route to your STA Diploma

Route to your Diploma

There are several routes to achieve the one objective: The STA Diploma.

1. Attend the STA Diploma Part 1 course and pass the exam, then attend the STA Diploma Part 2 course and sit the exam. Once both exams have been passed, you are awarded the STA Diploma in Technical Analysis and the right to use the designation MSTA (Member of the Society of Technical Analysts).

2. Study the Home Study Course (HSC), do some additional reading, sit the STA Diploma Part 1 and Part 2 exams. Once both have been passed, you will gain the STA Diploma in Technical Analysis and the right to use the designation MSTA (Member of the Society of Technical Analysts).

3. Self-study, read the recommended text books on the STA Diploma core reading list and pass the STA Diploma Part 1 and Part 2 exams. Once both have been passed, you will gain the STA Diploma in Technical Analysis and the right to use the designation MSTA (Member of the Society of Technical Analysts). Please note that we do not recommend this route since the failure rate of self-study students is far higher than that of students who have attended one or several STA educational courses.

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What students say

I feel that I have gained a lot of knowledge in a short space of time.  The course was enjoyable and I wish to continue building my knowledge and understanding of TA.

André Girault, private investor and student on the Diploma Level 1 Course 2012
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