STA Diploma Part 2 Course

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STA Diploma Part 2 Course


The CISI accredited Diploma Part 2 Course is aimed at those who already know the basics of technical analysis and who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge. It is taught by market professionals, authors and Fellows of the STA and also prepares students for the Diploma Part 2 examination, an internationally recognised qualification, which is equivalent to the International Federation of Technical Analysts’ (IFTA) CFTe II accreditation.

The course starts in January of each year and consists of 12 evening lectures (from 6.15pm-8.30pm) at the London School of Economics, spread over 12 weeks.

The cost of this course in 2019 was £1,995 at early discount rate (£2,995 thereafter). The price includes twelve lectures, an exam preparation session at the end of the course, and the Diploma Part 2 examination.

Note: Students who enter straight onto this course without having already passed the Part 1 examination should be aware that they will need to sit for this exam as well as the Part 2 exam before they can be awarded the STA Diploma.

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.

Candidates, having successfully passed both examinations, will be awarded the STA Diploma in Technical Analysis and become Full Members of the STA. The STA Diploma is an internationally recognised qualification, which is equivalent to the International Federation of Technical Analysts’ (IFTA) CFTe II accreditation. The IFTA CFTe II certificate can also be obtained on payment of relevant dues.

Diploma Part 1 examination dates are in March, September and December and Diploma Part 2 examinations in October and April of each year.

Booking will open for the 2020 Diploma Part 2 Course in May 2019. For more info, please email

Who Should Attend?

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

Course Objective

The aim of the STA Diploma Part 2 Course and 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, 120 question, multiple choice examination and the STA Diploma Part 2 Examination is a three hour paper based examination.

What 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

“Generally a very good learning experience for me, after 13 years in futures trading I still came away from every lecture having learnt something new. Would thoroughly recommend it to any professional in the financial industry.”

Richard Lewis, Tradition, student on Diploma Part 2 Course 2016

“Fantastic course, great speakers.”

Pavandeep Punny, Triland, student on Diploma Part 2 Course 2016

“Excellent presentation of TA by very experienced professionals. LSE is an excellent location for the course. Admin support from Katie Abberton and colleagues was first class. Ability to purchase past exam papers was very helpful for revision. I will recommend both STA Diploma 1 and 2 courses to business folk within my industry.”

Kevin Smith, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2015

“Useful content, wide depth and breadth, taught by professionals I learnt a lot from the experience. Overall a high quality.”

Jack Tierney, JP Morgan, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2015

“The course was delivered by a range of expects in the field and provided me with a greater depth of knowledge, along with the introduction of new concepts, strategies and analysis techniques. Upon its completion I have also gained an appreciation of the interrelation of the many theories and indicators and now implement them with greater efficacy.”

Dr Julian Mason, Proteus Venture Partners, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2015

“Provided a great insight into the psychology behind financial markets and now feel much more comfortable with many of the tools and tricks which can be used to navigate them”

Nick Halle, AB Connect, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2015

“Excellent content, some great presenters and the course really helps to gain experience and understanding of Technical Analysis, in theory and through practical examples.”

Guillaume Battini, Natixis, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2015

“Marked improvement in understanding TA and is application. One of the more enjoyable courses I have attended. Certainly has improved my trading style; in a very profitable manner, so to speak!”

Ishan Rajaram, Middlerest Investments, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2015

“Excellent coverage of relevant technical analysis studies, informative and concise. The lecturers were knowledgeable and imparted their wisdom in a straightforward and concise manner.”

Jason Pattison, Arke Capital, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2015

“Overall the course is structured very well. I feel I gained an in-depth understanding of technical analysis which will help me on my career path.”

Fraz Khan, City Index, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2015

“This course was very professionally executed and very well taught by experienced technical analysts in the business. I would recommend the course to anyone who is looking to invest time in learning the ropes of TA – the structure, the lecturers, the course material and the organisation has been excellent.”

Suzanne Cundy, Pictet Asset Management, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2014

“A very good course with excellent lecturers that I would recommend to anyone interested in knowing how and why markets behave has they do.”

Christopher Winterhoff, Commerzbank, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2014

“My knowledge and analysis skills have been transformed by this course. I also found it immensely enjoyable. It was also a great chance to be taught by leaders in their fields and discuss them with some of the most advanced elements of the course.”

Georgia Vardikou, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2014

“Great opportunity to expand on base knowledge on technical analysis, have not come across any other course which offers the same.”

Daniel Yuen, BP Oil International, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2013

“Very thorough and broad look at technical analysis as a whole.  It exposed me to areas that I had never looked or known about.”

Erin Burns, AB Agri, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2013

“A great way to learn Technical Analysis from some of the leading individuals in the business and covers everything one would expect to see in the syllabus.”

Graham Pugh, Deutsche Bank, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2013

“I enjoyed the course and interaction with lecturers plus I have made new connections with people working in the same field as I do.”

Raphael Jacquin, EDF Trading, student on the Diploma Level 2 Course 2013


  1. The practical application of support, resistance and price objectives by market professionals – how they build on the essential basics of trend and pattern analysis and add advanced techniques such as Fibonacci targets.
  2. Construction and applications of candle charts, candle patterns. Trading exercises.
  3. How market professionals use the core theories: Dow, Elliott Wave and time cycles.
  4. The professionals’ approach to using moving averages – simple, weighted, exponential, adaptive, centred. Moving average bands, including Bollinger Bands. Trading exercises.
  5. Technical strategy – how market technicians work in different time frames, what chart scales they use, and how/where they place stop losses.
  6. Construction and application of momentum indicators and oscillators – including ADX, CCI, Coppock, MACD, Parabolics, ROC, RSI, Stochastics.
  7. The market technician’s use of relative strength charts, market breadth and sentiment measures.
  8. Advanced applications of Point and Fgure charts, including Point and Figure moving averages and indicators.
  9. How market technicians apply Gann Theory.
  10. Ichimoku charts explained – their construction and interpretation, and their use in different time frames.
  11. Market Profile™ – principle, construction, and the auction process. How this statistically based technique reveals the structure of the market, and how traders benefit from its use.
  12. Behavioural Finance – history, the brain and money, prospect theory, mental accounting and other biases. Behavioural Finance and you, the markets and investment professionals.
  13. Risk and money management; using technical analysis to control trading risk; technical trading systems.

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