Professional Trader Courses (Core Strategy)

Professional Trader Courses

Core Strategy (5 Days):

Online Course also available in ten 3-hour sessions.


Core Strategy Part 2 (2 Days):

Online Course also available in four 3-hour sessions for Part 2 only.


To enroll in courses, you must first take a FREE Half-Day Class.

Trading is a competition between two sides where there is always a winner and a loser. In our Core Strategy courses, you will learn skills and techniques to help you buy and sell ETFs like a professional trader. We will teach you a simple, rules-based strategy which is designed to keep you on the winning side. This strategy helps you to identify key market turning points and major moves in advance. The Core Strategy courses (formerly known as Professional Trader) focus on stock trading using ETFs, although the skills and discipline you will learn are applicable to any asset class. The course is divided between Core Strategy (5 days) and Part 2 (2 days); which are taken together. We deliver powerful and fully interactive lectures led by a professional trader combined with live trading sessions focusing on market analysis and trade execution.

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What You Will Learn

  • The Zero Sum Game

    Trading is a transfer of money from those who don't know how the markets work, to those who do. Unlock the truth as you learn to identify two types of traders and recognize their activity on a price chart.

  • Professional Trading Platform

    Using professional tools is critical to ensure you get the best price and manage risk appropriately. Learn how the pros trade with a direct access workstation and Level II pricing data that shows you the power behind the markets in real time.

  • Charting and Technical Analysis

    Learn how to recognize an imbalance of supply and demand on a price chart in order to plan your entry and exit points. Identify which technical indicators are valuable odds-enhancers, and which can be safely ignored.

  • Your Personal Trading Plan

    Use advanced risk management techniques to ensure consistency in your trades and help take the emotions out of your decisions.

What Students Are Saying

“I had no trading experience coming into the classroom, and after 7 days time I have excellent foundation to build on. I love how the instructor kept things simple and get into newbie's level to explain things. Also how all these things tie into why we do things in life, and what steps to do once we leave the classroom.”

, February 2018

“The core strategy program is a great introduction into a new world and career taught to me by a great instructor who is very experienced and knowledgeable, with patience and humor. Thanks, Craig.”

, January 2018

“Core Strategy is the most complete and well rounded professional trading education I have ever come across. The instructors are truly professionals with expert knowledge and outstanding teaching ability. Can't wait to continue my journey now that I am equipped with these priceless tools and insights.”

, January 2018

“The new & revised Core Strategy Course is key to understanding the entire Online Trading Academy methodology. When I took the class five (5) years ago it was awesome. This time around, there is a step-by-step process with what the OTA Instructors have identified as the key pieces to being successful in analyzing, scoring and evaluating a potential trade setup. The instructor, learning activities, reference cards, and other support documents made for a VERY effective use of my time.”

, January 2018

“This class was a great foundation for entry into the trading world. The course covered a great amount of important information. After taking this class I feel comfortable moving on to advanced courses. Roger has been very informative throughout the duration of the course.”

, January 2018

“At first I thought the class was moving too fast for me, but throughout the week of the Core Strategy Class I gained more confidence, Then by the end of the week, I could understand the Supply and Demand Zones, the stops and targets, etc. and build my own charts. My instructors have been extremely helpful and kind, plus all the support staff come around and check on each of us to make sure we are understanding each concept and helping us where needed. All the workbooks and lab programs are most helpful, and the Core Strategy laminated Reference Guide Cards I will use to check my future work.”

, January 2018

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