TypeOnline Course
DateJan 1, 2018
Students Enrolled265
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Thanks for taking the time to investigate our CMT1 Preparation course and congratulations on making the decision to pursue the CMT designation. The designation really is a badge of honor that will set you apart from other Financial Analysts.

Only 61% of Level 1 candidates passed the exam in 2017. This is a hard exam. The biggest issue we have seen is that candidates assume because they have been using Technical Analysis for years that this will be easy. It’s not! I’d been studying and programming nearly every TA concept for fifteen years before taking CMT1. I was shocked at how many TA areas I just did not know enough about. Technical Analysis is a broad field of study with many sub-fields. The CMT1 exam is going to test that you have a good understanding of many of those sub-fields.

To assist candidates with the CMT1 exam, we are providing a full video course on all of the material that you need to know for the exam. Each week is broken up into modules. Module videos range from 15-45 minutes depending on the complexity and length of the topics being covered. You can see an outline of the weekly sessions at the bottom of this page.

The Optuma course was exactly what I needed to prepare for the CMT exam. I work long hours and would struggle to sit for hours on end reading directly from a text book. I found the videos easy to understand and Matthew broke down each section into its most important topics. The bonus material was extremely helpful as it consolidated all the charts and definitions in an concise ‘go to’ revision sheet. I would 100% recommend the program. I will definitely be enrolling for the level II program.

Conor M, CA, USA

Do I need to read the book?
Yes, this course is a supplement to the book. Remember that the exam is based on the textbook, so you should read it carefully. This course is not a replacement for your own study. You’ll see this in our introduction video below, but we recommend that you read the chapter before watching the corresponding video. That way you will have questions that the video will be able to answer straight away.

How is the course delivered?
We have over 15 hours of videos and 500 pages of slides that we produced for the course. You will have immediate access to all this plus the glossaries and cheat sheets that we have compiled. The best way to see how the course is presented, and all that we offer you, is to have a look at the introduction video. At the bottom of this page, click on “Free Preview” next to the Introduction in the course outline.


Thanks for all your help.  The course got me through. Tough exam…

Joel, FL, USA

Do I have to take notes?
Yes! After teaching hundreds of students at all three levels of these exams, we now believe that it is the difference between success and failure for most people. If you approach this as if you were at University, think of us presenting the information and you taking notes as we go. There is a lot of education research that shows that students that write their own notes—by hand— will retain the information and perform better in the exam. Our slides and videos are available to you, but to get maximum benefit from the material, write your own notes.

Do I need to install Optuma to do the course?
No. We offer free access to Optuma for all CMT candidates who sign up for the CMTA exams. We also make available Optuma workbooks (that’s how we store analysis in Optuma) so that you can get some hands-on experience with the different ideas. It’s no secret that we’re a software company and we sell software. We’d love you to install Optuma and see all the benefits it can give you, but it is not required to take the prep course.

What if I have questions or don’t understand something?
We have a special private forum set up at forum.optuma.com where you can ask questions. When you sign up for the course, you’ll be able to login there and get access to the private forum. We’ll be monitoring that daily and will respond with answers to questions there.

We know that the course and support will be a great aid as you prepare for this exam. If you want to sign up and get instant access to the material, just click on “Buy The Course” at the top-right of this page. If you were sent, or already have, an Optuma username and password, please ensure that you use those details when you sign up. It will save you from entering your information twice.

I wish you all the best with your studies and look forward to you joining us as we prepare for these exams.

Mathew Verdouw, CMT, CFTe

Section 1Introduction and Change Log
Lecture 1IntroductionFree Preview


In this first session, we go over a quick introduction to the Optuma CMT1 course.


The following is a copy of the slides used in this video.

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Exam Breakup

This is the breakup of all the questions in the exam. It is important that you make sure that you don’t spend too much time on an area that is not examined too much.

Lecture 2Change Log
Lecture 3Chapter List
Section 2Lesson 1 - Principles of Technical Analysis, Charts and Trends
Lecture 41. Basic Principles of TAFree Preview

1. Basic Principles of Technical Analysis

In this first session, we cover the basic principles of Technical Analysis.


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There is no Optuma workbook for this module.

Lecture 53. History & Construction of Charts
Lecture 64. Trends - The Basics
Lecture 7Terminology of Technical Analysis
Section Quiz
Section 3Lesson 2 - Breakouts, Patterns, Market Participants and Dow Theory
Lecture 82. Dow Theory
Lecture 95. Breakouts, Stops & Retracements
Lecture 10Market Participants
Section Quiz
Section 4Lesson 3 - Patterns
Lecture 117. Bar Chart Patterns
Lecture 1210. Candlestick Charting Essentials
Lecture 138. Short-Term Patterns
Section Quiz
Section 5Lesson 4 - Point & Figure and Elliott Wave
Lecture 1411. Point & Figure Charting
Lecture 1512. Introduction to the Wave Principle
Section Quiz
Section 6Lesson 5 - Averages and Seasonality/Cycles
Lecture 166. Moving Averages
Lecture 1733. Seasonality & Calendar Patterns
Section Quiz
Section 7Lesson 6 - Confirmation and Breadth
Lecture 189. Confirmation
Lecture 19Basic Oscillators
Lecture 2034. Consensus & Commitment Indicators
Lecture 2119. Measuring Market Strength
Section Quiz
Section 8Lesson 7 - Options, Volatility and VIX
Lecture 2225. Option Pricing Theory
Lecture 2329. Understanding Implied Volatility
Lecture 2430. About the VIX Index
Section Quiz
Section 9Lesson 8 - Trading Models and Relative Strength
Lecture 2531. Being Right or Making Money
Lecture 2632. The Model Building Process
Lecture 2735. Relative Strength as a Criterion for Investment Selection
Section Quiz
Section 10Lesson 9 - Statistics and Testing
Lecture 2827. Basic Concepts & Calculations
Lecture 2926. Objective Rules & their Evaluation
Section Quiz
Section 11Lesson 10 - Financial Assets
Lecture 30Part 1- 14. Overview, Currencies, 15. Government
Lecture 31Part 2 - 16. Companies, 17. Hard Assets, 18. Indexes
Section Quiz
Section 12Lesson 11 - Efficient Market Hypothesis
Lecture 3220-24, 28. Efficient Market Hypothesis
Section Quiz
Section 13Lesson 12 - Ethics
Section 14Lesson 13 - Exam Prep & Practice Exams
Lecture 34Exam Review
Lecture 35Practice Exam 1
Lecture 36Practice Exam 2
Lecture 37Practice Exam 3
Section 15Bonus Material
Lecture 38Glossary and Indicator List
Lecture 39Forum FAQs