Blueprint for Trading Success

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April 2-4, 2019 - Sydney, Australia

Through his modeling work with top traders,
Dr. Van Tharp has discovered the blueprint for trading success
that will ensure you consistent prosperity as a trader.

Now you can benefit from his experience and expertise as 
he takes you through the precise steps that you should take.

As an added value, included in this course is
Dr. Tharp's Investment Inventory Personality Profile!

About This Course:

This course is a complete structured program that will launch you to a more advanced skill level in your trading.

You’ll learn strategic, focused steps that will serve you throughout your entire trading career.

Overall it’s a course that offers an immense amount of information about what most would consider the unattractive part of trading, yet it is the most critical to successful trading. — Chad Wagner

During these intensive, hands-on three days, you will learn 17 clear and concise tasks to master that will take your trading from ho-hum to visionary. You will leave with a thorough checklist of action steps to guide you to a higher level of performance.

In just three days you’ll see how all of Van Tharp ’s strategic trading concepts fit into one seamless design for more predictable trading results. Your trading will never be the same.

This course illustrates the relationships among the steps so that the process is logical and reasonable. Moreover, Van Tharp will show you how to take each step experientially, so you really get it. Dr. Tharp is an expert in delivering elicitation questions to bring forth each person’s most important issues.

"This is the best conference I have ever attended. This is the hardest conference I have ever attended. I had to ask myself some of the most difficult questions I've asked in a long time...Van is not just a great trading coach, he is a great person. You are a breath of fresh air in an industry full of hucksters." — S.W., Rancho Mirage, CA

"The course far exceeded my expectation and threw up ideas which had just not existed on the mental horizon. Apart from being a better trader, this course will make me a happier and more complete human being. A stupendous course." — Satyendra Kumar, India

Key Concepts You'll Explore:

Here are a few of the key concepts that will be explored in depth at this workshop.

  • You need to assess your beliefs about trading, and about yourself. 
  • Nobody actually trades the market. Instead, you only trade your beliefs about the market. At first, this is a difficult concept to grasp. But if you begin to jot down some of your beliefs about trading using “I am,” “I feel,” “I experience myself as,” statements, you will see what I mean. Your beliefs about trading guide your trading results. It is easy to get to a certain point in this type of exercise and get stuck. 
  • In this workshop, Van Tharp will personally guide you through the exploration of your belief system about trading. You’ll be amazed at the results.

The BluePrint for Trading Success is a fantastic course! An incredibly comprehensive plan to take anyone willing to apply the steps taught to the level of a master trader. In fact, so much material is covered it would have been overwhelming if not for the open approachableness of Van and Melita to answer any and all questions. I feel like I’ve just been placed in the fast lane to market success! This seminar is very much worth the investment.” — Peter Swanson, Lufkin, TX

Objectives set the roadmap for the entire system development process.

System experts know that understanding your objectives thoroughly is half the battle in developing a system, but most people have never taken the time to consider their objectives.

Your objective is your goal, your target—what you want your system to accomplish.

How would one know how to get someplace if they didn’t know where they were going first? There are endless configurations of objectives. The point is you need to know specifically what it is that you are trying to attain; only then can you develop a successful, profit-driven plan of action.

In this workshop, you will work through questions to help you determine exactly what you want out of your trading system.

Some of those questions include:

  • What percent would you like to increase your account by each year?
  • What percentage drawdown are you willing to tolerate?
  • What kind of statistics will you collect on a regular basis to monitor your trading progress?

Van Tharp will give you 25 specific statistics to get you started!

“This course clarified for me how to get my business plan done, and actually enjoy doing it.”— Paul, MD

"The workshop was excellent and did a very effective job of showing how to develop a business plan for trading. The balance between business planning, developing trading strategies, and working on myself was just right."— Mark McDowell

We’ve found that most traders and investors are missing one key ingredient in their objectives—and that’s the ingredient that will make them financially free.

For example, at a recent workshop, Dr. Tharp was told of a trader who made 1000% return in one year. But that trader was missing this critical ingredient. And it’s probably the difference between whether or not all of that profit will be put to good use or lost in future trading. At this new workshop, we’ll tell you this key ingredient and teach you how to include it as part of your objectives.

“The course was very worthwhile for me. I find that the broad summary of the overall process of developing skills allowed me to put things in a better perspective. I have a much better idea of which areas I need to put the most emphasis and work on. I also found the interaction with the other participants invaluable.”— Craig Herdman, Phoenix, AZ, Past Attendee

What markets will perform well in the next 5 years?

Successful traders know how to access the big picture of what the market is doing overall. As part of your blueprint, you’ll learn Dr. Tharp’s interpretation of the big picture and how to determine the big picture for yourself. This is a very important skill, and if you really take the time to do it, it is probably worth the price of the workshop all by itself.

Your business plan will need to include three strategies that are compatible with the big picture. Although there are thousands of systems out there, there are not many types of strategies. Learn the essence of the key strategies that you could use, the general picture of how they work and how you can adapt them for yourself.

We hear from our students that they know business planning is important, but in some case, they don’t even know what a trading business plan should look like. You’ll leave this workshop knowing what to strive for and with a template in hand to follow as you progress.

“Prior to coming to this workshop, I had come to a realization in trading that I needed help structuring a business plan, knowing how to approach and measure strategy development and how to deal with personal traits that reoccur and are not beneficial to me and trading. These expectations were met and exceeded.

Two things I found particularly valuable

1) How personal beliefs translate into market beliefs all the way to the specifics of each particular strategy.

2) The structure of materials and workbook is laid out to take home and continue with the work easily.”

— Jim Sterk, Lynden, WA

Personal edges set you off from the crowd.

Having an edge in the markets isn’t just a slight advantage; it could be the pivotal difference in your success. So it’s very important to list your edges in your business plan and to be able to capitalize on them. Learn the key edges that almost any investor has over market makers or institutional investors. Or if you are a CTA, hedge fund, or portfolio manager, learn your specific key edges.

Eight Critical Areas of Contingency Planning:

Learn the 8 critical areas of contingency planning.

In this workshop, Dr. Tharp will share mistakes that other traders have faced so that you can find out how to generate an extensive worst-case contingency plan. You’ll learn strategies of how to deal with each disaster so that they minimize the effect on your trading business. Learn the key areas around which your worst-case contingency plan should revolve and get a good start on creating them at this workshop.

This process could take you six months if you did it by yourself!

However, one of my super traders did the hard work for you and is willing to share the essence of his worst-case contingency plan. In addition, in past workshops, the entire group has usually been able to double the number of things you need to plan for to prevent disaster. What’s it worth to you to save six months in planning time? Well, that’s one of the key benefits of this workshop.

“I came to learn/confirm a valuable foundation/blueprint for becoming the best trader I can be. I got that and more. Good sharing of ideas with other attendees. The purpose of existence discussion was an enriching experience that I valued highly. Thank you.”

— Paul Beattie, Canada, Past Attendee

We’ll show you a formula that will allow you to compare your system with any other system in the world and rank that system. Thus, you’ll know whether you have a weak, average, good, excellent, or superb system. This is new information that we’ve just introduced into our curriculum, and you’ll learn it here.

Would you like to know a simple way to get to know your system well without a lot of costs? Using this method, you’ll be able to understand if your backtesting was accurate. We’ll cover this on day two of the course.

You’ll have worksheets from which to write your business plan and a structure through which you can develop three systems to fit the big picture. It’s a lot of information, but think how you’ll feel when you understand and have all of this key information at your fingertips!

Who Knows What You Want Better Than You?

Here are just a few of the exercises we’ll be covering in the critical self-assessment portion of the workshop:

  • Learn your personality type and how it impacts trading.
  • Learn about the most important attitude that you must have as a trader and assess yourself on it.
  • Learn about your beliefs and values and how to assess yourself.
  • Go through worksheets to assess your key issues so that you know what could happen that might really interfere with your trading.

"I think the outline of the course itself is extremely helpful. It does give me a blueprint of what needs to be done. I have a really good idea not only of all the work I have to do but the order to do it in." — Ed Reardon, IL

One of these steps will separate you from other traders and launch you toward top trader status.

This step alone will leave such powerful tools at your disposal that you’ll wonder why you never thought of doing these things before. Dr. Tharp will go through each of these suggestions on a step-by-step basis to show you what you need to do at home. And if you take home at least three of these with the commitment to really doing them, you’ll be unstoppable.

“A seminar that covers an enormous range of topics, but all were covered adequately. Very much appreciated Day 3—this was surprising to me as to just how critically important this is. The opportunity to learn this in a “laboratory” environment was terrific: I can’t imagine that my work on PPC [Peak Performance Course] would be the same (I’ll start it later this year) without this seminar. I suspect that I will look back at this seminar as a pivotal career moment (but I suspected this beforehand…)”

— Forrest Ciesol, La Jolla, CA

You’ll learn how to develop a top-down approach to discipline. You’ll get worksheets to begin this process and exercises to complete so that you can apply what you’ve learned as soon as you return home. Few traders have the kind of discipline we’ll be teaching, but you’ll leave the workshop with all the tools you need to apply and use this strategy. And if you combine top-down discipline with regular self-work, you’ll be amazed at the difference in your trading.

“My self-discipline had been slipping for trading and with it was going my drive. This course delivered the structure for getting back on track. Thank you.” — Richard Fotiades, Port Jefferson, NY

Learning and studying are very important factors in any endeavor; however, the only true way to be successful as a trader is to take action. Get in there and learn from your experiences. If you are truly dedicated to being a successful trader, then after this workshop you will have all the tools that you need to set yourself up to win!

We’ll finish this three-day workshop with a review of all of the steps, and you’ll get a chance to start developing your plan to put everything into action when you return home.

What You Can Expect:

When you leave this workshop you’ll have:

  • Completed worksheets so that you can develop your own trading business plan. And when you leave, trading won’t just be a hobby for you. You’ll have the core of your new plan to turn it into a professional business. We find that less than 5% of all traders and investors have a business plan to guide their trading. But when you leave this workshop, you’ll have everything you need to join them. Imagine what a boost that will be for your trading.

“Challenging and very helpful. The best part was the complete structured program for becoming a great trader, around which the workshop is based, and the 52 exercises and worksheets that we are taking home. I really feel that I have what I need to continue this work at home in the upcoming months.” — Daniel Fylstra, Incline Village, NV

  • You’ll also have the logic worked out for how to develop at least one new trading system designed for your personality. It comes from the intersection of three sets of beliefs that you have, and we'll show you exactly what to do. You’ll have worksheets completed on the major steps involved in developing a great trading system. When you get home, all you’ll need to do is put the steps into practice. Most people fill their heads with all the details of various trading systems and never even begin to develop a sound system. However, when you finish day two, you’ll have a broad overview of exactly what you’ll need to do. Perhaps for the first time, you’ll be able to see the whole forest, instead of just the trees. You’ll have the structure of what you need to do. How do you think you’ll feel when you have that in place?
  • And lastly, you’ll have a daily procedure worked out to improve the most important factor in your trading—you. You’ll have three daily routines in three distinct areas that, if you put them into practice, will make you a better, happier, and more effective trader. In addition, we’ll help you develop the structure for a top-down approach to discipline, which I believe is the key to your success. What you’ll have in place are critical advantages that few other traders have. And this will not only improve your trading; it will improve your entire life. And isn’t that what you really want?

“... I thought the course was very well-organized and delivered. I especially liked the ordering of the material as it followed the sequential steps necessary to become a great trader. The course content will provide an excellent resource, not only in finishing my business plan but also in keeping me on track in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found the content very useful. I actually feel like I’ve come away with a complete “blueprint” I can use to make sure I’m doing all the necessary steps to become and maintain myself as a great trader. It will be very useful in finalizing my business plan.” — Rick Freeman, Dublin, CA

Who Will Benefit From Taking This Workshop:

This course best suited for someone who is:

  • Interested in taking their trading to the next level by understanding how psychology affects their trading results.
  • Interested in thoroughly understanding what trading systems are and how they allow position sizing strategies to help meet their objectives.
  • Interested in learning how to integrate their psychology, systems, position sizing strategies, and the big picture, etc. into a comprehensive business plan.

Who might not find great value in this workshop:

  • A trader with consistent profitability for several years or longer.
  • A trader with a well-developed business trading plan of 100 pages or longer.

If you have any questions about if the workshop might be a good fit for you, email

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What to Expect When You Attend Our Workshops

The three-day workshops begin at 9:00 a.m.; registration on the first day begins at 8:30 a.m. We suggest that you arrive the evening before the workshop starts. Each course ends at approximately 5:00 pm on the last day.

Dress is casual.

Attendees of our courses come from literally all parts of the world. You will meet all types of traders from all aspects of trading, as well. Through their casual conversations about trading and investing at these events, we often hear how much attendees learn from each other.

Our courses offer a relaxed, noncompetitive environment in which you will learn some of the most cutting-edge and sophisticated trading concepts and strategies available. Our speakers are handpicked by Dr. Tharp for their expertise. They are open, they welcome comments and questions, and they share in Dr. Tharp's philosophy of generously imparting their knowledge.

Materials & Supplies

Most of materials that you need are provided at the workshop. Notebooks are provided for certain workshops. For our more technical workshops, however, we sometimes provide your notes via a flash drive. For these workshops, you will need to bring a laptop. Contact us if you have questions.

If you need to bring a laptop, we will let you know. If you want to bring your laptop regardless, you are welcome to do so. The workshop room has ample electrical outlets (international clients: remember to bring your converters for US outlets). Wireless internet connectivity is available. Note that the Peak Performance workshops do not use tables, so we would recommend not bringing laptops to these workshops.

A community computer and printer are provided for student use which is useful for printing boarding passes or checking your email.

We also provide workshop necessities such as paper pads, notebooks, flash drives when needed, pens, etc.

Course Schedules

Registration on the first day begins at 8:30 a.m.

The three-day courses begin at 9:00 a.m.

Courses end at approximately 5:00 pm on the last day.


When traveling to a three-day course, it is best to arrive the evening before.

See Travel and Hotels for information about making your travel arrangements. 

What You Should Do Before Attending 

We highly recommend that you read Dr. Tharp's books before attending a workshop. Ideally we'd like to see you come in having read several of them, but at a minimum read the following.

If you are attending any of the Peak Performance workshops, Oneness, or Blueprint for Trading Success, read Trading Beyond the Matrix first.

If you are attending How to Develop A Winning Trading Systems or one of the Systems related workshops (Day Trading, Swing, Forex), read Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom before attending.

Where are the Courses Offered

All workshops (other than international locations) are held in Cary, North Carolina, USA, at the Van Tharp Institute’s on-site workshop facility. (See Hotels and Travel section below for international locations)

Facility Address:

102A Commonwealth Court

Cary, NC 27511


See Travel and Your Stay in NC for information about making your travel arrangements and hotels.           

Dress in layers. We find that while one person is too warm another is too cool; short sleeves with a jacket or sweater work best for your comfort.

Coffee, beverages, bottled water, and healthy snacks are provided throughout each workshop day. Lunch is not provided on site, but there are several restaurants within walking distance.

Our workshop room has comfortable seating, a large projector screen and a smaller ”smart board” screen. Maximum capacity (with tables) is 30 students, so you will be able to hear and see well from every seat.

We have staff on-site to help you know where to go for lunch, call a cab, give you directions to the mall, and assist you with whatever might arise. 

Hotels for Cary North Carolina

Hotels Near Our NC Workshop Location click here.

Click here to see of list of recommended hotels. Note that the top two hotels have week-day shuttles and Homewood Suites offers weekend service as well.

  • Comfort Suites (has a shuttle)
  • Homewood Suites (has a shuttle)
  • Hampton Inn
  • La Quinta

These four hotels are close together and are where most clients stay. This makes catching rides and after hours dinner plans more convenient. If you are not getting a rental car we strongly advise you stay at one of these four.

If you know other students and wish to share a room, consider the Homewood Suites.

Do not hesitate to let us know if you have questions. Call 919-466-0043.

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Hotel for London, England October 2018

Join us in October at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel situated within minutes of the stylish shopping districts, and within walking distance of the West End Theatres. Each of the 174 bedrooms has an elegant blend of lavish furnishings, marble bathrooms and cutting-edge technology, including flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Book soon to ensure you can stay in the same hotel as the workshops.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel


9-13 Bloomsbury Street

Nr Covent Garden

London  WC1B 3QD

LAT: 51.5176 LONG: -0.1277

Bedroom Reservations:

Phone: + 44 (0)20 7636 5601

Use the link below for special rates for Van Tharp Institute Students.

The ultimate blend of luxury and contemporary style.

Car Rental, Airport, Etc. (North Carolina Only)

Book your flight arriving to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

Click here for more information about RDU.

Car rentals are recommended.

Click for information about renting a car from RDU airport.

When traveling to a three-day course, it is best to arrive the evening before.

To help determine your arrival and departure times, see What to Expect When You Attend Our Workshops.

Click to see a map from location of the top three recommended hotels to VTI.

Click here to see some of the people you may meet during your stay.

About Raleigh/Cary, NC

Raleigh is the capital city of North Carolina. Cary is a suburb of Raleigh. Other nearby cities include Durham and Chapel Hill. The area is known as the Research Triangle Park (RTP), a globally prominent, high-technology research and development center.

Our strong university system, which includes Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and a number of other area universities/colleges, gives us one of the highest per capita Ph.D. populations in the US.

We are in driving distance of the beach (2-4 hours), the mountains (3-4 hrs), Charlotte (3 hrs), Washington D.C. (5 hrs) and Atlanta (7 hrs). North Carolina beaches and mountains are known for their beauty and are popular vacation spots.

NC is well-known for its golf courses. The world-renowned Pinehurst Resort is only a one hour drive from Cary.

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How to Save $500-$700 and Other Discounts

Early Enrollment Discounts

Most workshops have a $700 early enrollment discount that expires about three weeks before the start of the workshop.

This is our best offer and we encourage all students to take advantage of this pricing!

Check the workshops course list to determine which discounts are offered.

Bring a Friend and You Both Deduct an Additional $200!

If you bring a colleague who is new to Van Tharp Institute (not already a customer or subscriber), you can both deduct another $200 off the price, even if you take advantage of the early enrollment discount offer! (Discount applies to workshops priced at $2,295 or above.)

If using this discount, call to register. The shopping cart registration system does not deduct the "Bring a Friend" discount. Contact us at 800-385-4486 or +1-919-466-0043.

From time to time, special discounts are offered for courses. Back-to-back workshops generally offer an additional discount when attending both.  Check the workshop schedule to learn more.

We always send out notices and reminders regarding dates and special offers to subscribers of our Tharp's Thoughts Newsletter.

Be sure to subscribe if you'd like to get these notifications.             

How to Get a Custom-Designed Workshop

We can tailor a workshop to a topic, to your group size, to your location and more.

Call 800-385-4486 to learn more. As an initial point of reference see Consultations with Dr. Tharp.

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