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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 (Wednesday evenings), from 6.15pm-8.30pm, at the London School of Economics and are followed by the Part 1 examination on Monday 7 December (day-time).

The cost of  the course is £995 if booked by 1 October 2020 (early bird rate); £1195 thereafter. It includes the six evening lectures, an Exam Preparation Session and the Diploma Part 1 examination.

Dates  for the 2020 course as follows: Lecture 1 (Weds 14 October); Lecture 2 (Weds 21 October); Lecture 3 (Weds 28 October); Lecture 4 (Weds 4 November); Lecture 5 (Weds 11 November); Lecture 6 (Weds 18 November); Exam Preparation Session (Weds 25 November); Diploma Part 1 Exam (Monday 7 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.

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Who Should Attend?

Traders, brokers, dealers, fund managers, portfolio managers, market analysts, other investment professionals, private investors, academics and students.

Course Objective

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

“The lecturers were of a very high calibre.It felt good learning from the people who have done it at the highest level.”

Michael Catnott, Student on the Diploma Part 1 Course 2018

“The course met all of my expectations and I found the fact that we were learning from tutors with years of experience in the field particularly rewarding. I couldn’t recommend it enough for the amount of content it covered and the level of detail it went into. Thanks!”

Luke Connolly, Student on the Diploma Part 1 Course 2018

“Good foundation to develop skills in TA. Good lecturers, all very engaging & passionate.”

Daisy-May Andrew, BNP Paribas, Student on the Diploma Part 1 Course 2017

“Engaging lecturers with first-hand experience of putting market analysis into practice.”

William Robinson, Anglo American Marketing, Student on the Diploma Part 1 Course 2017

“Very good course with varied exercises which I found very useful. As a beginner to technical analysis I learnt a great deal from the course.”

Hannah Whiting, Triland, Student on the Diploma Part 1 Course 2016

“Fabulous Course!”

Sriharimohan Tsr, Student on the Diploma Part 1 Course 2016



Week 1:

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.

Week 2:

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.

Week 3:

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.

Week 4:

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”.

Week 5:

Point and Figure charts – construction; buy and sell signals; horizontal and vertical counts; target establishment, activation and cancellation; important patterns.

Week 6:

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.

Week 7:

Diploma Part 1 Exam preparation session.

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