Certification

CETA

Globally, the Technical Analysis industry is represented by the International Federation of Technical Analysts, USA (IFTA) and The Association of Technical Analysts (ATA) being an affiliated society of IFTA represents this industry in India.

As part of the ATA’s objective of promoting greater use and understanding of technical analysis education, ATA’s Education Committee have launched the professional course in Technical Analysis for both beginner and experienced analysts.

The main aim of the ATA’s Certification is to certify that the candidate acquires the professional knowledge, understanding, and skills to pursue a career as a Technical Analyst in the Financial Services industry.

ATA Offers two certification for member

  • CeTA offered by ATA, India
  • CFTe offered by IFTA
CETA

The CeTA Certification consists of Two Exam which together constitutes a complete professional program. Passing both exam examinations culminates in an award of a world class professional qualification in Technical Analysis.

The exams are intended to test not only your technical skills knowledge but your understanding of the ethics and the market.

The Certification is designed for self-study and divided into two exams.

Level I.

  • Pattern: This multiple-choice exam consists of 120 questions covering a wide range of technical knowledge, but usually not involving actual experience.
  • Duration of Exam: 2 hours only
  • Marks: 120

Level II.

  • Pattern: This exam incorporates a number of questions requiring an essay based analysis and answers. For this, the candidate should demonstrate a depth of knowledge and experience in applying various methods of technical analysis.
  • Duration of Exam: 3 hours only
  • Marks: 120
Cost
Member Colleagues
CeTA Level I Rs. 20,000
CeTA Level II Rs. 20,000

Module-1 Introduction to Financial Market

  • The importance of Markets in the 21st Century
  • Macro Finance

Module-2 Essential Technical Tools

  • Foundation of Technical Analysis
  • Charts Patterns
  • Trend and Pattern Analysis
  • Trend Following

Click here for more details about the syllabus

Module - 3 Trading Tactics

  • Algorithmic Trading and System Testing
  • Mean Reversion Strategy and Indicator
  • Techniques & Tactics of Investment

Module - 4 Managing Client Accounts

  • Risk Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Discipline and Ethics
  • Case Studies
Admission & Eligibility

The admission process is open round the year.
Note : Only member of ATA may appears for these exams.

Registration

ATA may arrange for additional exam locations in different cities, on group basis, upon request. At least one candidates are required for the same. The cost for a site and for proctoring must be borne by the candidate.

Click below to Apply for CeTA

LIST OF CeTA EXAMINATION TEST CENTERS IN INDIA

S.No.

State

District

Number of Test Center(s)

1

UTTAR PARDESH

AGRA

13

2

Gujarat

Ahmedabad

9

3

Maharashtra

Ahmednagar

4

4

MIZORAM

AIZWAL

1

5

Rajasthan

AJMER

5

6

Kerala

Alappuzha

3

7

UTTAR PARDESH

ALIGARH

1

8

UTTAR PARDESH

ALLAHABAD

40

9

Rajasthan

Alwar

8

10

Haryana

Ambala

8

11

Maharashtra

AMRAVATI

8

12

Punjab

Amritsar

4

13

Gujarat

Anand

1

14

Odissa

ANGUL

2

15

Maharashtra

Aurangabad

12

16

UTTAR PARDESH

AZAMGARH

1

17

Madhya Pradesh

Balaghat

1

18

Odissa

Balasore

2

19

Karnataka

Ballari

3

20

UTTAR PARDESH

BANDA

3

21

WEST BENGAL

BARDHAMAN

1

22

UTTAR PARDESH

Bareilly

19

23

Odissa

BARGARH

1

24

Maharashtra

Beed

1

25

Karnataka

Belagavi

4

26

Karnataka

Bengaluru Urban

19

27

Bihar

BHAGALPUR

1

28

Rajasthan

Bharatpur

2

29

Gujarat

Bhavnagar

1

30

Rajasthan

BHILWARA

2

31

Bihar

Bhojpur

1

32

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal

20

33

Karnataka

Bidar

1

34

UTTAR PARDESH

BIJNOR

5

35

Rajasthan

Bikaner

2

36

Chattisgarh

Bilaspur

2

37

Jharkhand

Bokaro

2

38

UTTAR PARDESH

Bulandshahr

1

39

Rajasthan

Bundi

1

40

WEST BENGAL

Burdwan

2

41

Punjab

Chandigarh

16

42

Maharashtra

Chandrapur

2

43

Tamil Nadu

Chennai

15

44

Madhya Pradesh

Chhindwara

3

45

UTTAR PARDESH

CHITRAKOOT

1

46

Andhra Pradesh

Chittoor

1

47

Tamil Nadu

Coimbatore

4

48

Odissa

Cuttack

2

49

Bihar

Darbhanga

3

50

Karnataka

Davanagere

3

51

Uttarakhand

Dehradun

7

52

Jharkhand

Dhanbad

4

53

Madhya Pradesh

Dhar

2

54

Karnataka

Dharwad

2

55

Odissa

Dhenkanal

1

56

Maharashtra

DHULE

1

57

ASSAM

Dibrugarh

1

58

Tamil Nadu

Dindigul

2

59

Rajasthan

Dungarpur

1

60

Chattisgarh

Durg

4

61

Andhra Pradesh

East Godavari

1

62

Sikkim

East Sikkim

2

63

Kerala

Ernakulam

20

64

Tamil Nadu

Erode

1

65

UTTAR PARDESH

FAIZABAD

7

66

Haryana

Faridabad

16

67

Punjab

Faridkot

6

68

Punjab

Fatehgarh Sahib

4

69

Karnataka

Gadag

1

70

Gujarat

Gandhinagar

5

71

Rajasthan

Ganganagar

2

72

Odissa

GANJAM

2

73

UTTAR PARDESH

Gautam Buddh Nagar

27

74

Bihar

Gaya

1

75

UTTAR PARDESH

Ghaziabad

15

76

UTTAR PARDESH

GONDA

3

77

UTTAR PARDESH

Gorakhpur

11

78

Madhya Pradesh

Guna

4

79

Andhra Pradesh

Guntur

2

80

Haryana

GURGAON

15

81

Madhya Pradesh

Gwalior

9

82

Himachal Pradesh

HAMIRPUR

2

83

Rajasthan

Hanumangarh

1

84

Uttarakhand

Haridwar

2

85

Jharkhand

Hazaribag

1

86

Haryana

Hisar

5

87

WEST BENGAL

HOOGHLY

2

88

Madhya Pradesh

Hosangabad

1

89

Karnataka

Hosapete

1

90

Tamil Nadu

Hosur

1

91

WEST BENGAL

HOWRAH

1

92

Karnataka

Hubali

2

93

Karnataka

HULKOTI

1

94

Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad

29

95

Manipur

Imphal

2

96

Madhya Pradesh

Indore

24

97

Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar

2

98

Madhya Pradesh

Jabalpur

7

99

Rajasthan

Jaipur

18

100

Punjab

Jalandhar

7

101

Maharashtra

Jalgaon

1

102

Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu

4

103

Gujarat

JAMNAGAR

2

104

Jharkhand

Jamshedpur

7

105

Madhya Pradesh

JHABUA

1

106

Haryana

Jhajjar

1

107

UTTAR PARDESH

JHANSI

7

108

Odissa

JHARSUGUDA

3

109

Rajasthan

Jhunjhunu

1

110

Haryana

Jind

1

111

Rajasthan

Jodhpur

4

112

ASSAM

Jorhat

1

113

Haryana

Kaithal

1

114

Andhra Pradesh

KAKINADA

1

115

Karnataka

Kalaburagi

2

116

WEST BENGAL

Kalyani

2

117

ASSAM

Kamrup Metropolitan

10

118

Himachal Pradesh

Kangra

3

119

Kerala

Kannur

5

120

UTTAR PARDESH

Kanpur

17

121

Tamil Nadu

Kanyakumari

1

122

Pondicherry

Karaikal

1

123

Telangana

Karimnagar

3

124

Haryana

KARNAL

1

125

Telangana

KHAMMAM

2

126

Madhya Pradesh

KHANDWA

1

127

Madhya Pradesh

Khargone

2

128

Himachal Pradesh

Khilra

1

129

Odissa

Khordha

12

130

Telangana

Kodad

3

131

ASSAM

KOKRAJHAR

1

132

Maharashtra

Kolhapur

5

133

WEST BENGAL

Kolkata

26

134

Kerala

Kollam

1

135

Rajasthan

Kota

4

136

Kerala

Kothamangalam

1

137

Kerala

Kottayam

4

138

Kerala

Kozhikode

10

139

Andhra Pradesh

Krishna

6

140

Tamil Nadu

Krishnagiri

1

141

Himachal Pradesh

Kullu

1

142

Andhra Pradesh

Kurnool

1

143

Haryana

Kurukshetra

5

144

Maharashtra

LATUR

2

145

UTTAR PARDESH

LUCKNOW

45

146

Punjab

Ludhiana

3

147

Tamil Nadu

Madurai

4

148

Kerala

MALAPPURAM

1

149

Punjab

Malout

1

150

Himachal Pradesh

Mandi

4

151

Madhya Pradesh

Mandsaur

1

152

Karnataka

Mangalore

8

153

UTTAR PARDESH

Mathura

7

154

Odissa

Mayurbhanj

2

155

UTTAR PARDESH

MEERUT

6

156

Gujarat

Mehsana

1

157

Punjab

Moga

1

158

Punjab

Mohali

3

159

UTTAR PARDESH

Moradabad

1

160

Madhya Pradesh

Morena

1

161

Bihar

Motihari

1

162

Maharashtra

Mumbai

15

163

WEST BENGAL

Murshidabad

1

164

UTTAR PARDESH

Muzaffarnagar

2

165

Bihar

Muzaffarpur

1

166

Karnataka

Mysore

3

167

Tamil Nadu

Nagercoil

1

168

Maharashtra

Nagpur

17

169

Uttarakhand

Nainital

5

170

Bihar

Nalanda

1

171

Telangana

Nalgonda

1

172

Tamil Nadu

Namakkal

1

173

Maharashtra

Nanded

2

174

Maharashtra

Nashik

1

175

Rajasthan

Nathdwara

1

176

Maharashtra

Navi Mumbai

5

177

Andhra Pradesh

Nellore

4

178

New Delhi

New Delhi

51

179

Maharashtra

New Panvel

1

180

Rajasthan

Newai

1

181

Telangana

Nizamabad

1

182

Andhra Pradesh

Ongole

3

183

Kerala

palakkad

1

184

Telangana

Palamakula

1

185

Rajasthan

Pali

1

186

Haryana

PALWAL

1

187

Haryana

Panipat

1

188

WEST BENGAL

Paschim Bardhaman

1

189

Punjab

Pathankot

1

190

Punjab

Patiala

6

191

Bihar

Patna

17

192

Tamil Nadu

Perambalur

1

193

Punjab

Phagwara

1

194

Rajasthan

Pilani

1

195

Pondicherry

Pondicherry

4

196

Andhra Pradesh

Prakasam

1

197

Rajasthan

PratapGarh

1

198

Maharashtra

Pune

27

199

Bihar

PURNEA

1

200

Karnataka

Puttur

1

201

Chattisgarh

Raipur

6

202

Andhra Pradesh

Rajahmundry

1

203

Gujarat

Rajkot

5

204

Jharkhand

Ranchi

5

205

Madhya Pradesh

Ratlam

2

206

Maharashtra

RATNAGIRI

1

207

Bihar

RAXAUL

1

208

Madhya Pradesh

Rewa

2

209

Haryana

ROHTAK

1

210

Uttarakhand

Roorkee

11

211

Punjab

Ropar

3

212

Odissa

ROURKELA

1

213

Gujarat

Sabarkantha

2

214

Madhya Pradesh

Sagar

4

215

UTTAR PARDESH

Saharanpur

3

216

Tamil Nadu

SALEM

1

217

Bihar

Samastipur

1

218

Jammu & Kashmir

Samba

1

219

Odissa

SAMBALPUR

4

220

Maharashtra

Sangli

3

221

Maharashtra

Sangola

1

222

Punjab

Sangrur

1

223

Maharashtra

SATARA

1

224

Madhya Pradesh

Satna

2

225

Andhra Pradesh

Secunderabad

3

226

Madhya Pradesh

Shahdol

4

227

Meghalaya

Shillong

2

228

Himachal Pradesh

Shimla

4

229

Karnataka

Shimoga

1

230

Madhya Pradesh

Shivpuri

1

231

Telangana

Siddipet

1

232

Rajasthan

Sikar

2

233

ASSAM

Silchar

1

234

WEST BENGAL

Siliguri

2

235

Himachal Pradesh

Sirmaur

1

236

Bihar

SIWAN

1

237

Himachal Pradesh

Solan

5

238

Maharashtra

Solapur

4

239

Haryana

SONIPAT

1

240

Andaman and Nicobar

South Andaman

1

241

Rajasthan

Sri Ganganagar

2

242

Andhra Pradesh

Srikakulam

1

243

Jammu & Kashmir

Srinagar

5

244

Gujarat

Surat

2

245

Telangana

Telangana

2

246

ASSAM

Tezpur

1

247

Maharashtra

Thane

1

248

Tamil Nadu

Thanjavur

2

249

Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram

8

250

Tamil Nadu

Thiruvannamalai

3

251

Tamil Nadu

Thoothukudi

1

252

Kerala

Thrissur

2

253

Tamil Nadu

Tiruchengode

2

254

Tamil Nadu

Tiruchirappalli

1

255

Tamil Nadu

TIRUNELVEL

1

256

Andhra Pradesh

Tirupati

3

257

Tamil Nadu

Trichy

2

258

Karnataka

Tumkur

2

259

Tamil Nadu

Tuticorin

2

260

Rajasthan

Udaipur

5

261

Karnataka

Udupi

1

262

Madhya Pradesh

Ujjain

2

263

Himachal Pradesh

Una

3

264

Gujarat

Vadodara

4

265

Bihar

Vaishali

1

266

UTTAR PARDESH

Varanasi

15

267

Tamil Nadu

VELLORE

1

268

Andhra Pradesh

Vishakhapatnam

5

269

Andhra Pradesh

VIZIANAGARAM

3

270

Telangana

Warangal

3

271

TRIPURA

West Tripura

1

272

Haryana

Yamunanagar

4

273

Maharashtra

Yavatmal

1

TOTAL

1189

Certified Financial Technician (CFTe)

Examinations

Passing the CFTe I and CFTe II culminates in the award of an international professional qualification in technical analysis. The exams are intended to test not only your technical skills knowledge, but your understanding of ethics and the market.

Level I:This multiple-choice exam consists of 120 questions covering a wide range of technical knowledge, but usually not involving actual experience. In preparation for the exam, candidates should use this Syllabus and Study Guide (CFTe I). This exam is currently offered in English, German, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. Download the CFTe I practice (mock) examination (English) or CFTe I practice (mock) examination (Arabic).


Level II:This exam incorporates a number of questions requiring an essay based analysis and answers. For this, the candidate should demonstrate a depth of knowledge and experience in applying various methods of technical analysis. The exam provides a number of current charts covering one specific market (often an equity) to be analysed, as though for a Fund Manager.

The CFTe II is a paper and pencil exam that is offered in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese, bi-annually, typically in April and October. This exam regularly takes place in major cities throughout the world. Additional fees apply to candidates requesting the exam in a non-English language or non-IFTA proctored exam location. IFTA will attempt to accommodate any exam location request.

In preparation for the exam, candidates should use this Syllabus and Study Guide (CFTe II). Register here for the next CFTe II on 19 October 2017. The deadline to register for this exam is 1 September 2017. No registrations will be accepted after this date. Download practice (mock) CFTe II examination.


Curriculum

The program is designed for self-study. Local societies may offer preparation courses to assist potential candidates.

Exemptions

Individuals who have successfully completed IFTA accredited certification programs through: Australian Technical Analysts Association (ATAA), Egyptian Society of Technical Analysts (ESTA), Nippon Technical Analysts Association (NTAA), and Society of Technical Analysts (STA) are exempt and may proceed directly to the MFTA program. See below for more details:

  • 1. Individuals who have successfully been awarded the Diploma in Technical Analysis (DipTA) by the Australian Technical Analysts Association (ATAA) are considered to have the equivalent of the certificate and may apply for the MFTA Program.

  • 2. Individuals who have successfully completed Levels I, II, & III of the Certified ESTA Technical Analyst Program (CETA) through the Egyptian Society of Technical Analysts (ESTA), and have been awarded the CETA diploma, are exempt from both levels and may proceed to the MFTA Program.

  • 3. Individuals who have passed Level I and Level II of the certification program offered by the Nippon Technical Analysts Association (NTAA) and have been awarded the designation of Chartered Member of the Nippon Technical Analysts Association (CMTA) are also exempt from both levels and may proceed to the MFTA Program.

  • 4. Beginning January 2013, individuals who have passed the STA Foundation and Diploma Courses offered by the Society of Technical Analysts (STA) and have been awarded the designation of Member of the Society of Technical Analysts (MSTA) are eligible to receive the CFTe certification (please contact STA’s Administration for procedures) and may proceed with IFTA’s MFTA Program. Prior to January 2013, holders of the Society of Technical Analysts (STA) Diploma are exempt from Level II, but must pass Level I (a multiple-choice test) before qualifying for the CFTe certification.

Additionally,

  • 1.Individuals who passed the Market Technicians Association (MTA) Chartered Market Technician (CMT) levels I and II are eligible to receive the CFTe certification. Please submit an application and provide a pass confirmation from the MTA, including dates attained. There is a one-time application fee of $550 US. No future fees or membership requirements apply. (Amended February 2017.)

Cost

IFTA Member Colleagues
Particular Price
CFTe I $550 US
CFTe II $850 US
*Additional Fees (CFTe II only)
CFTe I $850 US
CFTe II $1,150 US
*Additional Fees (CFTe II only):

For more information on the program please email admin -a- ifta.org.

Please submit an application

IFTA’s Master of Financial Technical Analysis (MFTA) represents the highest achievement and recognition by peers in the Technical Analysis community. The MFTA requires an original body of research. It is intended to be a rigorous demonstration of professionalism in the global arena of Technical Analysts. There are two submission dates per year, in May and October.


Prerequisites

The MFTA is opened to individuals who have attained the Certified Financial Technician (CFTe) designation or its equivalent, including:

  • 1. Chartered Member of the Nippon Technical Analysts Association (CMTA) from the Nippon Technical Analysts Association (NTAA)

  • 2. Diploma in Technical Analysis (Dip.TA) from the Australian Technical Analysts Association (ATAA)

  • 3. Certified ESTA Technical Analysts Program (CETA) from the Egyptian Society of Technical Analysis (ESTA)

  • 4. Member of the Society of Technical Analysts (MSTA) from the Society of Technical Analysts (STA)

For those IFTA Colleagues who do not have the formal qualifications outlined above, but who have other certification and/or many years experience working as technical analyst, the Accreditation Committee has developed an “alternate path” by which candidates with substantial academic or practical work in technical analysis can bypass the requirement for the CFTe, and prequalify for the MFTA.

There are three categories of applicants for the alternate path. It is open to individuals who have:

  • 1. A certification such as Chartered Market Technician (CMT), PLUS three years experience as a technical analyst; or
  • 2. A financial certification such as Certified Financial Analyst (CFA), Masters in Business Administration (MBA), PLUS five years experience as a technical analyst; or
  • 3. Have a minimum of eight years experience as a technical analyst

Candidates in these or very similar circumstances may apply for the “alternate path”. If approved, they may register for the MFTA and send in their research proposals.

Cost

Cost of the MFTA program is USD $950 (IFTA Member Colleagues); USD $1,200 (Nonmembers).

Registration

Please submit the MFTA application for Session 1 (Session 1: Alternative Path Pre-Application) or Session 2 (Session 2: Alternative Path Pre-Application) (see Timelines & Schedules below) by the appropriate deadline date.

Program Details


In order to complete the MFTA and receive your Diploma, you must write a research paper of no less than three thousand, and no more than five thousand words. Charts, Figures and Tables may be presented in addition, but should not constitute the bulk of the paper.

Your paper must meet the following criteria:


  • 1. It must be original
  • 2. It must develop a reasoned and logical argument and lead to a sound conclusion, supported by the tests, studies and analysis contained in the paper
  • 3. The subject matter should be of practical application
  • 4. It should add to the body of knowledge in the discipline of international technical analysis.
  • 5. It must meet all of the guidelines set forth in the MFTA/IFTA Journal Style Guide.

The first and most important step for a candidate is to submit an outline of the proposed paper to IFTA at admin@ifta.org, standing in lieu of the Chairman of the Accreditation Committee. Care should be taken to ensure that this Summary is sufficiently detailed to enable the Committee to determine whether or not the proposed paper meets the above criteria. Failure to submit a sufficiently detailed or well thought-out outline, or departure from the outline after it has been approved, could mean wasted time and effort.

It is anticipated that most candidates for MFTA will have some academic background, and this should convey the high standard against which these papers will be judged. Papers which do not meet the professional requirements of the Committee will be rejected, with reasons, and candidates may either start again or revise their paper and resubmit it the following year. This will be viewed as a fresh application. Alternately, candidates who are dissatisfied with their mark may elect to have their paper referred to the Accreditation Committee for review. The fee payable for review will be communicated at the time the application is made. Candidates should note, however, that due to other pressures and the fact that the Committee members are in several countries, the review process can take several months. If the Committee confirms the original result this may mean that you miss the opportunity to submit another paper in the following year.


Copyright of all submitted Papers is in accordance with the IFTA Journal Author’s Grant of Rights:


Author’s Grant of Rights

The author(s) grants to the publisher exclusive first world-wide publication rights in the work, and further grants a non-exclusive license for other uses of the work for the duration of its copyright in all languages, throughout the world, in all media.

The publisher agrees to publish the article in the IFTA Journal and may publish it to the IFTA website.

The publisher shall include a notice in the work stating “Copyright [author(s)’s name(s)]. Readers of the article may copy it without the copyright owner’s permission only if the author(s) and publisher are acknowledged in the copy, and copy is used for educational, not-for-profit purposes.”


Author(s)’s Ownership of Copyright

Copyright in the work remains with the author(s).


Warranty of Authorship

The author(s) warrants to the publisher that the article is original and that he/she is/are the sole author(s) and has the full power to make this agreement. The author(s) indemnifies the publisher against any losses and other expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, after final judgment of any claim or action against any of all of these warranties.


Publication Agreement

A copy of the Publications Agreement signed by the author(s) must accompany each submitted application/paper.


Creative Commons License

Submitted paper may be published to the IFTA website. The publisher, therefore, requires that the author(s) place his/her submission under the Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/). Author(s) must include a statement with the submitted paper affirming that the paper is covered by this license. Should an author(s) choose a different licensing method, the author(s) must provide the publisher with information on the license at the time of submission.



Timelines & Schedules

There are two MFTA sessions per year, with the following deadlines:

Session 1:

  • May 2: Application, outline and fees deadline. Response to the outline will normally be made no later than June 1 in the same year.
  • October 15: Paper submission deadline. Delivery must be in electronic form (via e-mail), in the required format. Papers received after October 15 will not be accepted, and candidates will need to re-enroll (and pay a second registration fee) for MFTA the following year.

If you are applying to the program via the alternate path, you must submit the Alternate Path pre-application by February 28, and then follow the requirements above.

Session 2:

  • October 2: Application, outline and fees deadline. Response to the outline will normally be made no later than November 1 in the same year.
  • March 15: Paper submission deadline. Delivery must be in electronic form (via e-mail), in required format, by that deadline. Papers received after March 15 will not be accepted, and candidates will need to re-enroll (and pay a second registration fee) for MFTA the following year.

If you are applying to the program via the alternate path, you must submit the Alternate Path pre-application by July 31, and then follow the requirements above.

For more information, please e-mail admin -a- ifta.org.

Please note that fees and conditions may be subject to change without notice.