Candidate Tools and Resources


The CMT Program features an industry-leading curriculum aligned with today’s demanding conditions for market professionals. Each level of the program curriculum has been carefully constructed to include topics that reflect a modern understanding of what a successful practitioner needs to know based on a survey of over 1,000 investment professionals worldwide. In addition to traditional technical analysis techniques, the curriculum addresses topics such as risk management, statistical analysis, portfolio management, behavioral finance, and volatility studies. The curriculum also includes a study of ethics at each level. Following a recent partnership agreement, the Market Technicians Association and CFA Institute now follow a single set of Code and Standards. The information necessary to study as part of the curriculum is posted below:

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Sample Exams

The MTA has developed the following sample exams aligned with a typical weighting of questions and topics of the live exams. The sample exams are presented as individual questions with answers to the questions and references to where the topic can be studied in the curriculum. These exams are intended to help solidify preparations for taking the live exams. Candidates can download sample exams here:

Information Sessions

Candidates can get a more complete description of the exams and a breakdown of topics by listening to these 2016 recorded information sessions. These video presentations have been updated by Gordon Scott, CMT, the Managing Director of the CMT Program. In addition to reviewing the curriculum and question weightings, Gordon provides useful tips for study and statistics of study times help guide candidates' preparation for the exams.

There are also a number of video presentations done by authors and experts. You can find a list of these helpful presentations here.

Learning Objectives

Registered candidates will have access to a complete list of learning objectives for the exams mapped to the relevant chapter where the topic is discussed. Matching the learning objectives to the content creates a valuable study tool for candidates looking to efficiently navigate the curriculum.

FREE Access to Charting Software

The objective of the CMT Program is to not only provide candidates with resources needed to learn the theory and discipline of technical analysis, but also the practical implementation of the toolkit. Therefore, we partnered with Optuma Financial Solutions (formally Market Analyst Software) to give registered candidates a platform to experience the functional application of technical analysis. Optuma will provide specially designed software, at no cost for registered candidates, from their date of registration until the exam date and renew their free access with each subsequent exam registration.

Why are we partnering with Optuma?
We examined many products as part of this selection process, and it was clear that Optuma is the best fit for our CMT candidates for three main reasons:

  1. Optuma continues to innovate in ways that help the industry and its practitioners. They strive to create the best solutions for technical and quantitative analysts.
  2. The CEO, and other senior staff, are CMT charterholders. They understand what we need in our tools and offer knowledgeable support to CMT candidates.
  3. The discipline of technical analysis requires each of us to communicate graphical information into investment ideas with clients and peers. Optuma has impeccable graphics and data visualization tools and that is why we are using them in the CMT exams.
    This is an incredible opportunity for you to put all the theory into practice on a platform that is used by professional analysts around the world and also is the software that we use in preparing the CMT exams.

Interested users can reach Optuma support with questions by clicking here.