STA Blog

Chatting with my friend Axel Rudolph: The STA’s Head of Education and Non-Executive Board Member

My parents were great believers in education, probably spending more money than they could really afford on schools and courses for their children; not just academic things, but also art, music and sports. I realise I was very lucky and privileged, and the curiosity this generated in me has led me down all sorts of interesting paths. One of these was technical analysis, which I started learning with my job at a small investment bank in 1982. My motto: if you want to learn/do something, do it properly.

Since then things have moved on apace, most recently with the advent of the internet and video conferencing, as Axel reminded me. To this end the Society of Technical Analysts (STA) has been running their Diploma Course (Part 1 and 2) for nearly 25 years, and subsequently their Home Study Course, giving students a really solid grounding in the subject.

Being a contrarian, I asked Axel why students should choose the STA. He answered: ‘’because it is unbiased, independent and the oldest in the world. It is a not-for profit organisation which is the gold standard in this field.’’ I know for a fact that it has taught thousands of pupils worldwide (many of whom are current STA members), who relish the opportunity to learn from industry professionals (not just academics) like traders, fund managers and authors who have an in-depth knowledge of the subject and its practical applications. Funnily enough the students too come from all walks of life, both amateurs and industry related, from major investment banks, energy and utility companies, big media outlets and government entities including the Bank of England.

Passing the Part 2 written exam entitles one to use the initials MSTA (Member of the Society of Technical Analysts) after one’s name, which is equivalent to IFTA’s (International Federation of Technical Analysts) CFTe badge. The Diploma is accredited by CISI, gives exemptions to some of their exams, while STA courses accumulate CPD (Continuous Professional Development) points, something useful for business professionals.

Things that didn’t exist when I sat the Diploma Part 2 exam:

An introductory video meeting for new students to meet each other and their lecturers.
A web-based student forum for year-round queries and access to previous questions.
Videos of all the lectures, plus sample questions and model answers on each of these units.
A WhatsApp group for students – available for the duration of their course(s)!

Visit our education pages for more details on our courses.

Posted in Finance, Markets, STA news, Technical Analysis, Technical Analysis Courses, Trading, Trending
Tags: , , ,

The views and opinions expressed on the STA’s blog do not necessarily represent those of the Society of Technical Analysts (the “STA”), or of any officer, director or member of the STA. The STA makes no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of any information on the blog or found by following any link on blog, and none of the STA, STA Administrative Services or any current or past executive board members are liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. None of the information on the STA’s blog constitutes investment advice.

Not ready to join? Stay Updated

If you want to learn more about membership and being part of the STA, sign up for our updates so we can keep in touch.


Monthly Meetings

The STA holds 11 monthly meetings in the City of London, including a summer and Christmas party where canapés and refreshments are served.


Latest Videos

As a service to our members, many of whom are unable to attend all our monthly meetings, we have been making videos of meeting presentations for several years.


STA Libraries

The STA has an extensive library of classic technical analysis texts. There are over 1000 books in the collection. It is held at the Barbican Library with a smaller...


Market Technician

Latest research and news

More Info

World Class Tutors

STA Course Lecturers

More Info


Be part of something special

More Info


View latest posts

More Info