Online Trading Academy has been recognized for excellence in quality of trader education and service to the community

Trading education depends on a bond of trust between the institution and its students—so it's important that Online Trading Academy is consistently recognized as a leader in its field both as an institution and regarding its individual instructors. We're also proud to be recognized as an active member of the communities where our centers are located. Here are some of our recent awards:

  • Trendsetter Award

    Edtech Trendsetter Award

    Finalists and winners for The EdTech Awards 2020 have been announced to a worldwide audience of educators, technologists, students, parents, and policymakers interested in building a better future for learners and leaders in the education and workforce sectors. Online Trading Academy is thrilled to have been named a finalist in this year’s awards for Innovation in Student Engagement in the Edtech Trendsetter Category.

    Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the EdTech Digest sponsors this US-based program, which is the largest recognition program in all of education technology, recognizing the biggest names in edtech – and those who soon will be. The EdTech Awards were established to recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate the most exceptional innovators, leaders, and trendsetters in education technology. This year’s finalists and winners were narrowed from the larger field and judged based on various criteria, including: pedagogical workability, efficacy and results, support, clarity, value and potential.

  • Leadership Award

    Leadership Award

    OTA was honored with the International Leadership Award from Dale Carnegie Training®, a world leader in HR and organizational management training. The award was established in 1977 and is granted to only one company per year. Eligible companies are considered based on their unique emphasis on employee enhancement and company culture, which puts OTA at the preeminent position of becoming the newest recipient in 2019. For over 22 years OTA continually invests in their employees through world class leadership development trainings, a compelling benefits program, and an empowering culture of love and respect. The distinction of this award attests to OTA’s sustainable business practices, as demonstrated by their unique financial education while benefitting their employees, their students, and the local communities surrounding their 48 centers worldwide.

  • Innovator award

    Innovator Award

    The Orange County Business Journal’s fifth annual INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS honor, recognize and celebrate individuals and their organizations who are creating game-changing products and services, and demonstrate brilliance and leadership in innovation. This year, Eyal Shahar, OTA’s founder and CEO is being recognized as a top innovator in Orange County. Orange County is home to over 120,000 businesses and it is a testament to Eyal’s vision for democratizing financial education for students anywhere who seek an enriched lifestyle.

  • Stevie Award

    Stevie Award

    Online Trading Academy was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Technical Innovation of the Year category in The 16th Annual International Business Awards® today. Online Trading Academy was recognized for technical innovations such as the CliK educational trading platform, the first front end trading platform designed to support the learning curve of each user along their educational path. The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - are eligible to submit nominations. The 2019 IBAs received entries from organizations in 74 nations and territories.

  • 2018–2020

    Franchise Business Review® Award

    Online Trading Academy (OTA) has been named a Top 50 franchise by Franchise Business Review for the third year in a row. Franchise Business Review holds the distinction of being the only “top franchise” rankings that are based on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. In 2020, over 27,500 franchisees from 307 of today’s leading franchise brands were surveyed and a list of the top 200 franchises were identified. Franchisees were asked 37 questions measuring topics like core values, leadership and training and an additional 16 questions that targeted emotional factors like the enjoyment of running the franchise and emotional personal gain. In their own words, franchisees commented that the value received from the franchisor can be summed up by, “Great Products, support, training and business growth!” OTA placed 14th out of 50 and scored a 3rd place ranking within the Education business category. Visit to see the full description of the 2020 Top Franchises.

  • 2017–2019

    Apac Insider Singapore Business®

    For the third year in a row, Online Trading Academy Singapore has been awarded as a “Leader in Investment Education” by APAC Insider Magazine. First initiated in 2017 by APAC Insider, The Singapore Business Awards recognizes businesses that have attained noticeable success and growth in their specialized areas of business in the region. Visit Apac Insider to find out more this award and view the full winners list.

  • 2018–2019

    Great Place to Work® Award

    Online Trading Academy was certified as a great workplace in July 2018 and again in July 2019 by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. Online Trading Academy earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys. A summary of these ratings can be found at

  • 6x
    2011, 2014–2019

    Best Place To Work—Orange County Register

    2019 marks the 6th year running that Online Trading Academy (OTA) has been named a Top Workplace honoree by The Orange County Register. OTA recently ranked 8th in the mid-sized company category. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. Led by a positive team with a vision for helping students, the Online Trading Academy’s headquarters in Orange County is home to employees who have reviewed and highlighted management and company direction as the two components that make their workplace one of the best places to work.

  • 8x
    2011–2018 "Best" Awards in 4 Different Categories

    Online Trading Academy's educational content and leading educators have received's Forex Best Awards every year from 2011 to 2018. Members of our exceptional team of instructors have represented Online Trading Academy's dedication to their students by being first place prize winners in all categories for which they were nominated. The winning categories are: Best Educational Content for "Lessons from the Pros," a weekly piece at Online Trading Academy, Best Webinars Educator, and Best Speaker and Educator. In addition, Power Trading Radio, a weekly trading radio show hosted by Merlin Rothfeld won Best Podcast/Video in 2018 and 2014.

  • 2015

    2015 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in Technology

    Online Trading Academy won a coveted Brandon Hall Group silver award for excellence in the Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology category. We recently added video-based online learning and very detailed analytics to help deliver a world-class self-paced online educational experience for our students. By offering highly produced media with assessments built in, we are truly giving our students a world class learning experience and our students appreciate the quality and attention given to the production value, ease of navigation, and protection of their educational investment with the watermarking feature.

  • 4x

    Best Forex Education Provider—Middle East Forex Managed Funds & Investment Awards

    For the fourth year in a row (2011–2014), Middle East Forex Expo recognized Online Trading Academy's continued commitment to students' advancement by honoring Online Trading Academy of Dubai with the Best Forex Education Provider Award. This award was presented to Tareq Abu Hantash from Online Trading Academy Dubai by the Arabcom Group founder and President, Katia Tavar, who hosted the annual expo.

  • 2011

    Timberline Award—Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence

    Online Trading Academy was again recognized for their excellence on November 8, 2011, with a Timberline Award from the Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence at its annual award ceremony. The award criteria encompassed seven categories, including results with comparisons to similar organizations and documents of business processes. Online Trading Academy Colorado earned this high distinction after being in business only three years.

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