The CMT Association includes members from 137 countries, 36 internationally active chapters, and 35,000 participants in annual programming. The CMT qualification and its required exams are open to current and aspiring professionals with a desire to develop skills for better investment decisions. All persons who wish to earn the CMT designation must first take the CMT exams for Levels I-III.

To become a Chartered Market Technician® candidate, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Have a valid international passport or other form of approved identification (verify in advance with the CMT Association.)
  2. Enroll in the CMT Program – create an account on the CMT Association website and pay the required $250 enrollment fee.
  3. Register for your exam – Upon enrolling in the CMT Program, you will be prompted to register for the CMT® Level I exam. You must be prepared to take all exams in English.
  4. Prepare for your exam(s) – Study with the latest Official CMT® Curriculum. Wiley’s CMT® Exam Review courseware is the only comprehensive prep package that includes a digital or print version of the Official Curriculum. Get yours now.
  5.  Schedule Your Exam(s) with Prometric – Qualified candidates whose workspaces meet a series of technical requirements may take their exam(s) at home.

To earn the full CMT® designation, you must:  

  1. Pass Level I, II, and III of the Official CMT® Program Exam.
  2. Become a member of the CMT Association – you’ll need three sponsors as part of your membership application. Members must pay annual dues.
  3. Work in a professional analytical or investment management capacity for a minimum of three years.

Taking the CMT Exam

The three levels of the CMT® exam lay the foundation for integrating technical analysis tools into your current practice. Learn more about the CMT Program.

The exams for all three levels are administered twice a year—in June and December. As candidates can only take one exam per administration, it will take at least a full calendar year (June to the following June, for example) to successfully pass all three levels.

The CMT® exam is computer-based and administered at Prometric Testing Sites around the world, though at-home testing is now available for select candidates.

Exam Format

Level I132 Multiple Choice2 Hours
Level II170 Multiple Choice4 Hours
Level IIIMix of Short Answer Essay and Multiple Choice Questions4 Hours