CompTIA PenTest+ is for cybersecurity professionals tasked with penetration testing and vulnerability management.

The new CompTIA PenTest+ exam is available now!

Why is it different?

CompTIA PenTest+ is the only penetration testing exam taken at a Pearson VUE testing center with both hands-on, performance-based questions and multiple-choice, to ensure each candidate possesses the skills, knowledge, and ability to perform tasks on systems. PenTest+ exam also includes management skills used to plan, scope, and manage weaknesses, not just exploit them.

PenTest+ is unique because our certification requires a candidate to demonstrate the hands-on ability and knowledge to test devices in new environments such as the cloud and mobile, in addition to traditional desktops and servers.

About the exam 

  • CompTIA PenTest+ assesses the most up-to-date penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment and management skills necessary to determine the resiliency of the network against attacks.
  • Successful candidates will have the intermediate skills required to customize assessment frameworks to effectively collaborate on and report findings.
  • Candidates will also have the best practices to communicate recommended strategies to improve the overall state of IT security.

If you took the CompTIA PenTest+ certification beta exam, thank you! You will be receiving an email from Certmetrics in the coming weeks that will contain important information and detailed instructions regarding how to download your PDF beta score report.​

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CompTIA PenTest+ joins CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) at the intermediate-skills level of the cybersecurity career pathway as shown below. Depending on your course of study, PenTest+ and CySA+ can be taken in any order but typically follows the skills learned in Security+. While CySA+ focuses on defense through incident detection and response, PenTest+ focuses on offense through penetration testing and vulnerability assessment.

Although the two exams teach opposing skills, they are dependent on one another. The most qualified cybersecurity professionals have both offensive and defensive skills. Earn the PenTest+ certification to grow your career within the CompTIA recommended cybersecurity career pathway.

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What Skills Will You Learn?

HARDWARE

PLANNING & SCOPING

Explain the importance of planning and key aspects of compliance-based assessments

WINDOWS ​OPERATING SYSTEMS

INFORMATION GATHERING &
VULNERABILITY IDENTIFICATION

Gather information to prepare for exploitation then perform a vulnerability scan and analyze results.

SOFTWARE TROUBLESHOOTING

ATTACKS & EXPLOITS

Exploit network, wireless, application, and RF-based vulnerabilities, summarize physical security attacks, and perform post-exploitation techniques

NETWORKING

PENETRATION TESTING TOOLS

Conduct information gathering exercises with various tools and analyze output and basic scripts (limited to: Bash, Python, Ruby, PowerShell)

HARDWARE & NETWORK TROUBLESHOOTING

REPORTING & COMMUNICATION

Utilize report writing and handling best practices explaining recommended mitigation strategies for discovered vulnerabilities

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Jobs that use CompTIA PenTest+

Penetration Tester

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Security Analyst (II)

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Application Security Vulnerability

Exam Details

Exam Code PT0-001
Launch Date July 31, 2018
Exam Description The CompTIA PenTest+ certification verifies that successful candidates have the knowledge and skills required to plan and scope an assessment, understand legal and compliance requirements, perform vulnerability scanning and penetration testing, analyze data, and effectively report and communicate results.
Number of Questions Maximum of 85 questions
Type of Questions Performance-based and multiple choice
Length of Test 165 minutes
Passing Score ​750 (on a scale of 100-900)
Recommended Experience Network+, Security+ or equivalent knowledge. Minimum of 3-4 years of hands-on information security or related experience. While there is no required prerequisite, PenTest+ is intended to follow CompTIA Security+ or equivalent experience and has a technical, hands-on focus.
Languages English
Retirement TBD - Usually three years after launch
Price $346 USD
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What people are saying about CompTIA PenTest+

“PenTest+ demonstrates knowledge beyond entry-level and that the individual is competent to add value within a pentester team immediately; this person can hit the ground running.”

Gavin Dennis, Senior IT Security Consultant

How Does CompTIA PenTest+ Compare?

EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
Performance Based Questions
Experience Level Intermediate Intermediate Intermediate Intermediate / Advanced
Exam Focus Penetration testing and vulnerability assessment Penetration Testing Penetration Testing from a Business-value Real World-based with a Lab and submitted report
Vendor Neutral Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Keep your certification up to date with CompTIA’s Continuing Education (CE) program. It’s designed to be a continued validation of your expertise and a tool to expand your skillset. It’s also the ace up your sleeve when you’re ready to take the next step in your career.

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Information technology is an incredibly dynamic field, creating new opportunities and challenges every day. Participating in our Continuing Education program will enable you to stay current with new and evolving technologies and remain a sought-after IT and security expert.

The CompTIA Continuing Education program
Your CompTIA PenTest+ certification is good for three years from the date of your exam. The CE program allows you to extend your certification in three-year intervals through activities and training that relate to the content of your certification.

It’s easy to renew
You can participate in a number of activities and training programs, including higher certifications, to renew your CompTIA PenTest+ certification. Complete CertMaster CE, an online, self-paced CE course, or collect at least 60 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in three years and upload them to your certification account, and your CompTIA PenTest+ certification will automatically renew.

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