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The STA 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. Anyone who is not able to, or does not wish to, travel to London to attend the STA Diploma Part 1 and 2 courses will find the HSC an excellent alternative.

The STA Home Study Course© is the STA’s proprietary e-learning course. Although website based, it is fully downloadable and may be used online or offline by PC, Mac, iPad or Android machines.

The course covers the syllabi for both the Part 1 and the Part 2 examinations, offers 15 subject teaching units written specifically for it by leading market technicians. Each unit includes exercises to self-test progress. In addition, the course offers an exam preparation module and a set of past Part 2 exam papers, as well as a supplement containing advice on technical analysis report writing.

Who should opt for the STA Home Study Course?

Anyone who does not wish to or is not able to travel to London to attend the STA Diploma Part 1 and 2 courses.

Course Objective

The units are presented using text and graphical information. In total, the 15 teaching units contain over 350 images, and close to 100,000 words – all presented in ‘digestible’ sections. Each teaching unit is introduced by a video resumé, and each contains an animated focus chart. Each unit provides access to a store of multiple choice questions and answers in ‘Exambuilder’ to self-test progress, and to test understanding of each topic before sitting the STA examinations. The multiple choice format is also useful practice for the Part 1 exam. The exam prep module then offers further Part 1 guidance in its first section, with the second, much longer, section dedicated to detailed advice on how to approach the higher level Part 2 examination.

As in any study programme, students are advised to read further. A link to the STA Reading List is to be found at the end of this section. The titles on this list are also recommended in the ‘Further Reading’ sections in the HSC, but information here goes a little further, with reference text guidance and a larger selection of further reading provided at the end of each unit. Additional reading is likely to be particularly useful for the advanced level Part 2 examination, as well as offering inspiring further insights into the wide world of technical analysis.

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 HSC comprises the following units. (For more detail on the authors, please click on their names).

1. Foundation – Michael Smyrk; Luise Kliem
Fundamental, quantitative and technical analysis compared; support and resistance; chart patterns and trend lines; Fibonacci targets; time frames.

2. Chart Types – Michael Smyrk; Luise Kliem
Construction of the five main chart types; detailed coverage of line charts (including relative strength) and bar charts; price and volume; equivolume charts; scaling.

3. Point and Figure Charts – Jeremy du Plessis
In-depth tuition in the construction and application of point and figure charts; point and figure-based relative strength, market breadth and moving averages.

4. Candle Charts – Adam Sorab; Luise Kliem (other Japanese charting techniques)
In-depth tuition in candlestick construction and interpretation; over 80 candle lines/patterns illustrated and explained; section on Heikin-Ashi, 3-line Break, Renko, and Kagi charts.

5. Dow Theory and Market Breadth – Michael Smyrk
Development and principles of Dow Theory; use of market breadth measures, including various advance-decline measures, stocks vs their moving averages and net new highs.

6. Moving Averages – George MacLean
Construction and application of different moving average types; envelopes; Bollinger Bands; the Coppock curve.

7. Momentum Indicators and Oscillators – Elizabeth Miller
Construction and application of momentum indicators and oscillators including RoC, RSI, Stochastics, MACD, Parabolic SAR, ATR, Directional Movement, CCI.

8. Cycles – John Cameron
Background history to time cycles; construction and application of cycles in financial markets.

9. The Elliott Wave Principle – Murray Gunn
Philosophical foundations; the fractal structure; psychology; nomenclature; motive and corrective waves; channelling; phi; the alternative waves issue.

10. Basic Elements of Gann Theory – George MacLean
Gann’s swing chart; retracements; ‘magic’ squares; fan lines.

11. Market Profile® – Daniel Gramza
Background methodology; plotting Market Profile®; key components; the market’s auction process; day structures; early evaluation of the day’s trading action; alternative formats.

12. Ichimoku Charts – David Linton
Cloud chart construction and interpretation; multiple time frame analysis.

13. Market Psychology, the Trading Plan and Money Management – Julian McCree
Market psychology and investor sentiment; trading plans and money management; money management formulae.

14. Managing Risk and constructing a quantitative Trading System – Malcolm Pryor
More on money management including using technical analysis to control trading risk; the construction, testing, evaluation, optimization and management of technical systems.

15. Behavioural Finance – Steven Goldstein
Case study: the 2007 financial crisis; EMH; behavioural economics and behavioural finance; behavioural biases and non-conscious behaviours; prospect theory.

Exam Prep – Luise Kliem
Guidance on the Part 1 exam; advice on Part 2: what examiners look for, timing plan, annotating charts, different ways to structure the answer to Question 1, an example of chart annotation and report writing.

Report Writing – Anne Whitby
Advice on writing professional technical analysis reports and commentaries.

For copyright reasons it is not possible to print out copies of the course.

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