Executive Programme in Algorithmic Trading (EPAT®)

Step 1


  • Six months online part-time course
  • Experts and practitioners as trainers
Step 2


  • Automate your own trading strategies
  • Network with data providers & brokers
Step 3


  • Start your own Algo trading desk
  • Join Quant & Algo trading firms
EPAT steps

It is more than a certificate

Audience participation is as important to the learning experience as the instructor. I find the participants at QuantInsti's courses highly motivated and many came prepared with insightful questions. This made for a great experience for all. 

Dr. Ernest P. Chan

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EPAT Curriculum


1 EPAT Primer
  • Basics of Algorithmic Trading: Know and understand the terminology
  • Excel: Basics of MS Excel, available functions and many examples to give you a good introduction to the basics
  • Basics of Python: Installation, basic functions, interactive exercises, and Python Notebook
  • Options: Terminology, options pricing basic, Greeks and simple option trading strategies
  • Basic Statistics including Probability Distributions
  • MATLAB: Tutorial to get an hands-on on MATLAB
  • Introduction to Machine Learning: Basics of Machine Learning for trading and implement different machine learning algorithms to trade in financial markets
  • Two preparatory sessions will be conducted to answer queries and resolve doubts on Statistics Primer and Python Primer
  • Data Visualization: Statistics and probability concepts (Bayesian and Frequentist methodologies), moments of data and Central Limit Theorem
  • Applications of statistics: Random Walk Model for predicting future stock prices using simulations and inferring outcomes, Capital Asset Pricing Model
  • Modern Portfolio Theory - statistical approximations of risk/reward
  • Data types, variables, Python in-built data structures, inbuilt functions, logical operators, and control structures
  • Introduction to some key libraries NumPy, pandas, and matplotlib
  • Python concepts for writing functions and implementing strategies
  • Writing and backtesting trading strategies
  • Two Python tutorials will be conducted to answer queries and resolve doubts on Python
  • Overview of Electronic and Algorithmic Trading.
  • Various order types, order book dynamics, Spoofing, Price Time Priority Algorithm and Guerilla Algorithm.
  • Execution strategy to trade large volumes.
  • The algorithmic trading process from a market microstructure perspective.
  • Understanding of Equities Derivative market
  • VWAP strategy: Implementation, effect of VWAP, maintaining log journal
  • Different types of Momentum (Time series & Cross-sectional)
  • Trend following strategies and Statistical Arbitrage Trading strategy modeling with Python
  • Arbitrage, market making and asset allocation strategies using ETFs
  • Implement various OOP concepts in python program - Aggregation, Inheritance, Composition, Encapsulation, and Polymorphism
  • Back-testing methodologies & techniques and using Random Walk Hypothesis
  • Quantitative analysis using Python: Compute statistical parameters, perform regression analysis, understanding VaR
  • Work on sample strategies, trade the Boring Consumer Stocks in Python
  • Two tutorials will be conducted after the initial two lectures to answer queries and resolve doubts about Data Analysis and Modeling in Python
  • Decision Trees, Support Vector Machine, Neural Networks, Forward propagation, Backward propagation, Various neural network architectures.
  • Building a “Principal Component Analysis” manually, conducting a pairs-trading back-test using PCA, Simulation of multiple co-integrated assets, and Sector statistical arbitrage using PCA.
  • Using Python and Jupyter notebooks to create features, evaluate models, use feature selection and test raw performance.
  • Overview of Alternate Data: Sources, data formats, storage and retrieval choices, Understanding RDF and Knowledge Graph, Tagging Unstructured Data with relevant metadata.
  • Using spaCy for common Text processing tasks, Understanding Topic Modeling and Topic Classification.
  • Understanding Machine Readable News Programmatic consumption of news.
  • Machine Readable News in the Financial Industry: Sample in Production use cases, Sentiment Data in the Financial Industry: Sample in Production use cases.
  • Basic ideas of deep reinforcement learning such as reward, explore/exploit, Bellman equation and memory replay.
  • Challenges and problems with RL in trading, Implementation of RL in a simple strategy using "gamification".
  • System Architecture of an automated trading system
  • Infrastructure (hardware, physical, network, etc.) requirements
  • Understanding the business environment (including regulatory environment, financials, business insights, etc.) for setting up an Algorithmic Trading desk
  • Time series analysis and statistical functions including autocorrelation function, partial autocorrelation function, maximum likelihood estimation, Akaike Information Criterion
  • Stationarity of time series, Autoregressive Process, Forecasting using ARIMA
  • Difference between ARCH and GARCH and Understanding volatility
  • Introduction to Interactive Brokers platform and Blueshift
  • Code and back-test different strategies on various platforms
  • Using IBridgePy API to automate your trading strategies on Interactive Brokers platform
  • Interactive Brokers Python API
  • Different methodologies of evaluating portfolio & strategy performance
  • Risk Management: Sources of risk, risk limits, risk evaluation & mitigation, risk control systems
  • Trade sizing for individual trading strategy using conventional methodologies, Kelly criterion, Leverage space theorem
  • Options Pricing Models: Conceptual understanding and application to different strategies & asset classes
  • Option Greeks: Characteristics & Greeks based trading strategies
  • Implied volatility, smile, skew and forward volatility
  • Sensitivity analysis of options portfolio with risk management tools
  • Self-study project work under mentorship of a domain/expert
  • Project topic qualifies for area of specialization and enhanced learning
  • EPAT exam is conducted at proctored centers in 80+ countries
Tod Schneider

I was so excited to learn that some nights I couldn’t & didn’t sleep.

Tod Schneider


Rohit Gupta

EPAT has added a fundamental quantitative dimension to my existing skill-sets.

Rohit Gupta

Hong Kong

Rachel Tan

Highly recommended for working professionals who like to pursue Algorithmic Trading.

Rachel Tan


Marcus Coleman

QuantInsti is the best place to learn professional algorithmic and quantitative trading.

Marcus Coleman


Derek Wong

I started my own venture with a fellow EPATian - Maxime.

Derek Wong


Maxime Fages

The learnings from EPAT led to the foundation of our own company.

Maxime Fages


Guillermina Amorin

I’m happy to achieve the EPAT certificate which empowers me to follow my passion for trading.

Guillermina Amorin


Jacques Joubert

The staff at QuantInsti really go the extra mile to help you.

Jacques Joubert

United Kingdom

Dr Panashe Chiurunge

EPAT helped me start my own Algorithmic and High-Frequency desk.

Dr Panashe Chiurunge


Eriz Zarate

The support during the EPAT course and after it are the things that I value the most about QuantInsti.

Eriz Zarate


Kundan Kishore

The faculty members have been the driving force.

Kundan Kishore


Farooq Ahmed

The EPAT course had been a great building block towards developing my expertise in areas of Quant and Algo Trading.

Farooq Ahmed


Industry Focused

Industry experts, academics and practitioners as faculty


High value for money and opportunity to learn along with your full-time job

Dedicated Support

Live interaction with faculty, with 7-days a week support team


Learning by doing, specialize in a strategy/asset class through project work


EPAT Benefits Get Hired

Get Hired

Career cell helps participants to get placement in right kind of roles in the Quant and Finance industry

EPAT Benefits Upgrade your Skills

Upgrade your Skills

Algo/Quant and manual traders get exposed to various types of strategy paradigms in Algorithmic & Quantitative Trading

EPAT Benefits Automate your strategies

Automate your strategies

Learn to connect with brokers that offer automation and run your strategies in paper/live trading environment

EPAT Benefits Set up your business

Set up your business

Unleash the entrepreneur in you and ride the markets. Learn from the practitioners how to setup your own desk

EPAT Benefits For technocrats & coders

For technocrats & coders

Use your programming and problem solving skills in a challenging role as a quant-trader-coder

And a lot more

advisors & directors

Nitesh Khandelwal
Nitesh Khandelwal

Nitesh Khandelwal is presently the CEO of QuantInsti, an institute he co-founded in 2010 as part of iRage, a leading algorithmic trading player in India. Before co-founding iRage, he has experience in bank treasury (FX & Interest rate domain) and on a proprietary trading desk. Nitesh also has a rich experience in financial markets spanning various asset classes in different roles.

Anupriya Gupta
Anupriya Gupta

Anupriya has rich managerial as well as pedagogical experience. She has been responsible for coming up with adaptive learning solutions and user behaviour analysis. Before QuantInsti, Anupriya worked and researched with the leading educationists and analysts in India and abroad across various institutions like CMU, Educational Initiatives and Citigroup.

Dr. Ernest P. Chan
Dr. Ernest P. Chan

Dr. Ernest Chan (Ernie) is the founder and CEO of Predictnow.ai, a machine learning SaaS. He started his career as a machine learning researcher at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center's Human Language Technologies group, which produced some of the best-known quant fund managers. He later joined Morgan Stanley's Data Mining and Artificial Intelligence group. He is the founder and non-executive chairman of QTS Capital Management, a quantitative CPO/CTA. He obtained his PhD in Physics from Cornell University and his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto.

Prof. Gautam Mitra
Prof. Gautam Mitra

He is the founder and the MD of OptiRisk Systems. He is an internationally renowned research scientist in the field of Operational Research in general and computational optimisation and modelling in particular.

Rajib Ranjan Borah
Rajib Ranjan Borah

Rajib focuses on overall business strategy, trading strategies, and risk management & oversees internal processes at iRage. He is a regular speaker at algorithmic trading conferences across Asia, America & Europe Prior experiences – quant research (Bloomberg, NY); high-frequency trading (Optiver, Amsterdam); data analytics technology (Oracle); business strategy for an investment firm & derivatives exchanges. Rajib is also a visiting faculty in finance at IIM Ahmedabad.

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