Intelligent Investment in your Future

As part of the STA’s objective of promoting greater use and understanding of technical analysis and behavioural finance we offer structured courses in technical analysis. These also cover behavioural finance and can lead to a successful result when taking the STA Diploma examination.

The STA Diploma is an internationally recognised two-stage qualification. The first stage, Diploma Part 1, is a two-hour, 120 question, multiple-choice exam. Passing this exam is a recommended before taking the STA Diploma Part 2 exam, which is a three-hour, paper-based examination. Both exams must be passed in order to be awarded the STA Diploma.

The next available exams are as follows:

STA Diploma Part 1 exam – Monday 1 July 2019

STA Diploma Part 2 exam – Thursday 17 October 2019

STA Diploma Part 1 exam – Monday 2 December 2019

STA Diploma Part 1 exam – March 2020 (Date TBC)

STA Diploma Part 2 exam – Thursday 23 April 2020

STA Diploma Part 1 exam – Monday 5 July 2020

All examinations can be booked here.

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Home Study Course + Diploma Exams Package STA Diploma Part 1 Course STA Diploma Part 2 Course STA Diploma Part 1 & 2 Course Package

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The STA runs a comprehensive education programme, holds monthly lectures (also available via delayed video links on the STA website), publishes a tri-annual journal and offers its members access to an extensive library. All of the STA educational courses and exams are accredited by IFTA, the International Federation of Technical Analysts.

Professionals & Beginners

Professionals & Beginners

There are no prerequisites to joining the STA. Anyone with an interest in technical analysis is welcome to join! For those who are new to the subject, wishing to learn more and gain a basic understanding of the subject, the STA Diploma Part 1 Course is the right choice. Those seeking a deeper understanding of the subject and wishing to gain a professional qualification in technical analysis should enrol on the STA Diploma Part 2 Course.

Annual Membership from £70!

Anyone wishing to do an STA education course needs to join the Society first as an Associate Member. Membership costs £70 for 12 months.

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Which course is right for me?

The STA offers several courses: the STA Diploma Part 1 Course (7 weeks) and the STA Diploma Part 2 Course (13 weeks) are taught at the London School of Economics. The HSC© (Home Study Course) is available to those who are unable to attend the courses in London or to those who prefer to learn at their own pace.


Professional Training

The STA’s educational courses are taught by leading authors, practitioners and Fellows. The various units of the Home Study Course© have been written by experienced and well known technical analysts. These professionals are able to give insights into how to use technical analysis effectively.


4 Easy Steps to Enrol

4 Easy Steps to Enrol

Once you have chosen a course, simply fill in the online application form, make the payment and then sit back and wait for the STA Welcome Pack to arrive.

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The STA Promise

The STA Diploma is regarded as the kite mark for technical analysis. We have been running courses for nearly 25 years and we aim to educate the public, the investment community and our members in the theory, practice and application of technical analysis. Our commitment is to raise professional standards and ethics globally.


Comparing courses

Course NameStart DateVenueCost
Diploma Part 1Oct 2019London School of Economicsfrom £995
Diploma Part 2Jan 2020London School of Economicsfrom £1995
Diploma Part 1 & 2 PackageOct 2019London School of Economicsfrom £2895
Home Study (HSC)anytimeOnlinefrom £1195
HSC + ExamsanytimeOnlinefrom £1895
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What past students say

“Rewarding and worthwhile experience that gives you exposure to a range of experts in their field explaining their indicators and how they might best be used.”

Marco Meola, UBS, student on Diploma Part 2 Course 2016
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