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.

Who You Will Learn From

Our staff of professional instructors is composed of the most dedicated people you will ever meet. They will teach you trading fundamentals and advanced techniques like no one else. Each has a unique personality that will keep you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next "golden nugget" of trading information.

What Students Are Saying

“Online Trading Academy's Core Strategy Course is an absolutely fantastic class laying the foundation for successful trading. There is a lot of information given, the instructor's are fun, knowledgeable, and present it in a way one can relate to. I am eager to put the plan into action, build a successful business, and continue my education with OTA. Tim Fatland.”

, October 2017

“The Core Strategy really delivers what OTA says it will - precise, relevant, and effective trading education with lots of hands-on learning and instructors and support team that take personal, committed interest in student success. ”

, October 2017

“Core Strategy is a great place to start. A very informative and encouraging experience. The program truly displays the process and path for success, even for psychology and behavior. The instructor, Brock Pierce, is very attentive and patient.”

, September 2017

“Action packed week with a great balance of covering the course material, real world examples, and trading on the platform. Great coverage of overall strategy and pointed us in the right direction for the next classes and levels. Looking forward to a great trading career and relationship with OTA! ”

, September 2017

“Clear, candid, logical and strong reiteration of rules based strategy protocols in various ways throughout different parts of our daily Core Strategy discussions. Provides helpful real world examples of why and how to follow the routine for low risk, high probability profitable trades and consistent success. Learning's made simple in an interactive environment that fuels collaboration and learning.”

, September 2017

“This class was a retake for me, although a first take under the new format, titled Core Strategy. As always, the instructor demonstrated a complete and thorough understanding of trading. In fact, there doesn't seem to be any question that the instructors at OTA cannot answer. I believe it is worth the investment.”

, August 2017

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