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. Previous exams are unavailable, but sample questions are included with the Syllabus and Study Guide (CFTe I). Notice: Beginning May 1, 2014, all CFTe I & II exams will be marked based on this Syllabus. This exam is offered in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Arabic, year-round, at testing centers throughout the world through Pearson VUE, IFTA’s computer-based testing provider.
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. In preparation for the exam, candidates should review the Syllabus and Study Guide (CFTe II). Notice: Beginning May 1, 2014, all CFTe I & II exams will be marked based on this Syllabus. Previous exam papers are available on receipt of application and fees. Registration for the April 24, 2013 CFTe II examination is now closed. IFTA’s next CFTe II examination will be held on October 9, 2013. The deadline to register is August 16, 2013. Click here Register Now!.
The CFTe II is a paper and pencil exam that is offered in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Arabic, bi-annually, typically in April and October. This exam regularly takes place in Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Singapore. IFTA may arrange for additional exam locations, on an individual or group basis, upon request. 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.
The program is designed for self-study. Local societies may offer preparation courses to assist potential candidates. Syllabus and Study Guides are available on the IFTA website.
Candidates 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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CFTe I $500 US
CFTe II $800* US
CFTe I $700 US
CFTe II $1,000* US
*Additional Fees (CFTe II only):
$250 US translation fee applies to non-English exams
$100 US applies for non-IFTA proctored exam locations
Note: All applicable local taxes, including VAT, will be collected at the time of registration.
For more information on the program please email admin -a- ifta.org.