The Association

The AssociationAbout

The CMT Association is a global credentialing body with nearly 50 years of service to the financial industry. The Chartered Market Technician® (CMT) designation marks the highest education within the discipline and is the preeminent designation for practitioners of technical analysis worldwide. Our market philosophy is grounded in behavioral economics and extends beyond classical pattern recognition techniques to include quantitative approaches to market research and rules-based trading system design and testing. Technical analysis provides the tools to successfully navigate the gap between intrinsic value and market price across all asset classes through a disciplined, systematic approach to market behavior and the law of supply and demand.

Earning the CMT demonstrates mastery of a core body of knowledge of investment risk in portfolio management. Our continued commitment to the global members of the CMT Association and prospective new members creates a multitude of continuing education opportunities through daily, monthly, and annual publications, online webcasts, seminars, and live events which further enhance our unique capacity to advance the discipline of technical analysis among industry professionals.

CMT Association is a credentialing and advocacy body. We do not offer investment management or investment advisory services of any kind.

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Internationally Active Chapters


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History & GovernanceHistory & Governance


What started as a small group of sell-side analysts on Wall Street is now a global association of over 4,500 members worldwide.

The CMT Association began in New York in the 1970’s as an informal meeting of a group of technical analysts. Ralph Acampora, John Brooks and John Greeley are credited as the founders. The original 18 members incorporated the CMT Association as a not-for-profit association in 1973.

The organization authorized a certification program and began developing and administering exams in the mid-late 1980’s. Charters were awarded to the first graduates of the CMT Program in 1989.

In 2005, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted a rule filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to accept the CMT Program levels 1 and 2 exams as an alternative to the Series 86 examination required of financial analysts.


The Board of Directors is the elected governing body of the CMT Association and is responsible for defining its vision, mission and strategies. The Board, in conjunction with the Executive Director and through various committees, oversees the activities of the CMT Association.

Annual Awards Program

The CMT Association has the distinguished honor of recognizing the achievements of those who have dedicated their careers to the field of technical analysis through the Annual Awards Program. The stewardship of CMT Association volunteers and members is something we are proud to celebrate as we continue to advance the discipline and expand the reach of the CMT Association around the world.

Acknowledgment, admiration and appreciation for technical innovation has been instrumental in developing the CMT Association community worldwide and helped pave the way for the CMT Association to become the leading organization that it is today.