What is the difference between the online Diploma course series and the Home Study Course

The STA Diploma Part 1 and 2 courses are lecture based and fully interactive. Each week the students log in to Zoom for a live lecture where they have the ability to ask the tutor questions. If they miss a […]

How often do you run your online lecture based courses?

We run each course once in the year. The Diploma Part 1 course starts mid October and the Diploma Part 2 course starts in January.

How long are your courses?

The Diploma Part 1 course runs for seven weeks, one evening a week (usually a Wednesday) from 6.00pm-8.00pm. It ends with the Diploma Part 1 examination in early December. The Diploma Part 2 course runs for 12 weeks,  one evening […]

Where are courses held?

The Diploma Part 1 and 2 courses are held online via live Zoom webinar and therefore you can watch from whereever in the world. We record the lectures so students can catch up in their own time if unable to […]

Do you run any one or two day courses?

The STA runs occasional one-day courses on technical analysis. For more information on this please email info@technicalanalysts.com

Do you offer in-house training?

If you are interested in corporate, tailor-made courses introducing your staff to technical analysis, please email the STA office on info@technicalanalysts.com

When can I start the Home Study Course

You can start the STA Home Study Course (HSC) at any point. Like an e-book (ie. not videos), students can start reading the different modules and go at their own pace rather than wait for the annual lecture based online […]

How often do you hold the exams?

The Diploma Part 1 exams are held three times a year in March, July, and December. The Diploma Part 2 exam is held twice a year in April and October. Registration closes 1 month before the exam date.

Do you have to have passed the Part 1 Exam before sitting Part 2?

There is no need to have passed the Part 1 exam before sitting the Part 2 exam. Both can be sat while attending the STA Diploma Part 2 Course. In order to obtain the STA Diploma qualification both the Part 1 and 2 exams will […]

If I fail, do I get another chance or do I have to register again?

You have to re-register to resit the exam.

What percentage of students pass the exams?

It obviously depends on the cohort, but on average 70% of students sitting the exams pass.

What is the pass mark for the Part 1 exam?

67%. Those achieving 85% or above are awarded a Merit.

What is the pass mark for the Part 2 exam?

60%. Those achieving 85% or above are awarded a Distinction.

What do examiners look for in the Part 2 paper?

In general, at this advanced level examiners look not only for knowledge but also for the application of that knowledge – for reasoning, for conclusions, and for advice to investors when required. The answer to SECTION 1 (Question 1) should […]

What happens if I fail the Part 2 exam?

Examiners will send you a report on areas of weakness and, where possible, suggestions on how your answers could be improved. As with Part 1, you need to re-register to resit the exam. An appeal is possible if there were […]

What is the difference between the STA Diploma and CFTe?

The CFTe is the International Federation of Technical Analysts’ (IFTA) two-stage qualification. CFTe Level I is a multiple choice paper which is very similar to the STA Diploma Part 1 examination. CFTe Level II is an essay based question paper, similar to […]

Is the Diploma qualification widely recognised?

Once you have successfully passed both examinations you will be awarded the STA Diploma in Technical Analysis and the right to use the designation MSTA (Member of the Society of Technical Analysts), regarded as the kite mark in technical analysis. […]

How many hours should I allow to prepare for the exam(s)?

We recommend that students spend a minimum of three to six hours per unit in the HSC or per STA Diploma Part 1 or 2 lecture, and take time to read the recommended reading lists for both Part 1 and 2 examinations.

Will the STA Diploma help me secure a job as a technical analyst?

Achieving MSTA status is no guarantee of a job as the individual’s CV and previous work experience are also a factor. However, the STA Diploma qualification is a valuable asset to any individual’s portfolio and an essential tool in risk […]

Who is a typical student?

The courses are designed for professional and private investors. Sample job titles include technical analyst, research analyst, commodities analyst, market analyst, FX trader, LPG trader, crude oil operator, dealing officer, sales trader, portfolio manager, fund manager and hedge fund manager.