Welcome to the Options Institute PLUS!

The Gold Standard in Options Education

The Gold Standard in Options Education


  • Two days of LIVE instruction at CBOE or online
  • Eight 75-minute LIVE webinars to build on what you’ve learned
  • Educational coaching from industry professionals
  • Group discussion boards exclusively for class participants
Level 1 Beginner

OPTIONS INSTITUTE PLUSSM – Level 1 - Beginner Curriculum

If you are new to options investing and want to include options as part of your sound investment plan, our OPTIONS INSTITUTE PLUS Level 1 Beginner program may be just right for you! Our comprehensive curriculum inclusive of live instruction, webinars and educational coaching explore basic options concepts including options price behavior, volatility, interpreting stock charts and managing capital & risk. Educators also introduce key principles associated with market timing and stock selection.

The Options Initiative 2-Day Classroom Experience

Attend our 2-day live classroom experience at The Options Institute in Chicago or participate virtually online.

    Classroom concepts include:
  • Fundamental Options Principles
  • Options Price Behavior
  • Basic Options Strategies
  • Strategies Using LEAPS®
  • Beyond Basic Options Strategies
  • The Option Institute Strategy Spectrum Game®
  • Managing Your Options Positions

Webcast Series - Eight 75-Minute Interactive Sessions

Using The Options Institute's webcast system, educators will explore in greater depth key option-related concepts covered in the live classroom experience. Students are introduced to analytic processes and tools to help them gain the skills required for successful trading.

    Webcast topics include:
  • Stock Analysis Technique
  • Changing Market Conditions
  • Choosing Option Strikes and Expirations

Online Courses - Six Interactive Modules

Using The Options Institute's online course system, students access course content that complements The Options Initiative classroom curriculum. Online courses delve further into classroom concepts introduced and are designed to enhance a student's knowledge.

    Online courses include:
  • The Basics of Options
  • Option Price Behavior
  • Basic Options Strategies
  • LEAPS®
  • Beyond the Basics
  • Trade Execution and Management

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Meet Our Professional Educators

Jim Bittman

Director of Program Development
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Jim Bittman

Marty Kearney

Director of Educational Programs
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Marty Kearney

Peter Lusk

Senior Instructor
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Peter Lusk

Russell Rhoads, CFA

Instructor and Content Developer
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Russell Rhoads, CFA
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