STA Diploma Part 1 Course
This annual seven week, CISI accredited, course teaches the basics of technical analysis. It also prepares students for the STA Diploma Part 1 examination, an internationally recognised part-qualification, which is equivalent to the International Federation of Technical Analysts’ (IFTA) CFTe I accreditation.
The course takes place from October to December each year. Lectures are held once a week, from 6.15pm-8.30pm, at the London School of Economics and are followed by the Part 1 examination in early December.
The cost of the 2018 course was £995 (early bird rate) and £1195 thereafter. It included the six evening lectures, an Exam Preparation Session and the Diploma Part 1 examination (held early December).
To take the course you must be a member of the STA. The cost for 12 months membership for an Associate Member is £70.00.
Booking will open for the 2020 Diploma Part 2 Course in May 2019. For more info please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who Should Attend?
Traders, brokers, dealers, fund managers, portfolio managers, market analysts, other investment professionals, private investors, academics and students.
This seven week course prepares students for the STA Diploma Part 1 examination, an internationally recognised part-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.
What Students Say
“Enjoyable and informative. I hope to use technical analysis in my day to day work.”
“Well thought out material with lecturer’s who real world experience helps answer practical questions.”
“A fast paced, interesting and informative course which has improved my skills as a technician and my appetite to learn and develop more.”
“Excellent tutors and course content”
“Interesting subjects covered, good quality of the lecturers.”
“Overall an excellent introduction to technicals, quite challenging in places but very rewarding.”
“Time well spent learning from excellent teachers with a lot of valuable experience”
“An excellent and exciting course which lays a considerable foundation for what is to come. After each week I was seeing things in charts I had previously missed.”
“The course was a professional introduction into the intricacies of financial Technical Analysis. Both the lecturers and course content were of an excellent standard and well worth my weekly journey from Lancashire.”
“This course has, from a standing start, increased my knowledge considerably but, more importantly, it has ignited a passion within me for Technical Analysis.”
“This course gives a very good grounding in the basics of Technical Analysis and leaves you wanting to advance to the next stage i.e. the Diploma Part 2 course!”
Introduction. Fundamental/quantitative/technical analysis comparison; some basic statistical terms used in quantitative and technical analysis.
Overview of chart types (Line, Bar, Candlestick, and other Japanese chart types, Point & Figure).
In-depth tuition on line and bar charts – construction and interpretation of each.
Explanation of arithmetic vs logarithmic scaling.
Introduction to the concepts of support, resistance and trend.
Candlestick charts – construction and interpretation. The psychology behind the Doji, the Marabuzo (and the importance of the Marabuzo line), the Hammer, the Engulfing Pattern, the Abandoned Baby and different types of Star.
In-depth session on support and resistance. Trends, and how to draw trend and return lines.
Typical reversal patterns (eg. head and shoulders, double/triple tops) and typical continuation patterns (eg. different types of triangle, flags, pennants); target projections from patterns.
Fibonacci numbers and retracements. Getting started on technical strategy.
Moving averages – types (simple, weighted and exponential); positioning, combinations, interpretation.
Momentum indicators and oscillators (RoC, RSI, MACD).
Other data series – volume (OBV), market breadth (A/D line), relative strength, sentiment measures (eg. AAII) and the “VIX”.
Point and Figure charts – construction; buy and sell signals; horizontal and vertical counts; target establishment, activation and cancellation; important patterns.
Cycle theory – basic cycle qualities and principles; left and right translation; economic and seasonal cycle.
Dow Theory – history; principles; relevance today.
Elliott Wave Principle – mathematical basis and structure.
Diploma Part 1 Exam preparation session.