Online Trading Academy’s roots can be traced back to 1997, when its founder operated one of the largest trading floors in the U.S. with 180 traders averaging half a billion dollars in daily transactions. To improve results, managers and the top traders offered daily coaching sessions in how to trade more consistently and profitably. This initiative was so successful that, in 2001, the organization switched from trading to full-time trader education.

From the original headquarters location in Irvine, California, Online Trading Academy has expanded across North America and overseas. Today there are 35 campuses worldwide including locations in India, Singapore, Dubai, London, Dublin and others in the planning stages. Over 24,000 students have completed training that provides them with the skills of professional traders.


Online Trading Academy offers a comprehensive curriculum via in-person classes, online learning and home study materials. Students learn fundamentals in the seven-day Professional Trader course and then hone their skills in advanced programs. They practice a “learn by doing” model in which students make live trades in the market under the guidance of an instructor who is also a master trader.

Trade opportunities are identified using a simple rules-based strategy to reduce risk and increase reward through high-potential entry points. The methodology applies to all asset classes—equities, options, futures, currency and real estate—and all time frames, from day trading to retirement planning.

Graduates who have completed training are encouraged to stay involved and often become instructors or mentors to newer students. They may also retake any on-location course at any of the worldwide centers, for free, for as long as they are involved with Online Trading Academy. The result is a vital community of traders sharing knowledge and experience for their mutual benefit.

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