CompTIA PenTest+ is a certification for intermediate skills level cybersecurity professionals who are tasked with hands-on penetration testing to identify, exploit, report, and manage vulnerabilities on a network.

CompTIA PenTest+ coming in Q3 2018!

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

Beta exam now available.
Interested in taking the beta? Register on the Pearson VUE site.

  • 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.

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CompTIA Cybersecurity Certification Path

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?



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



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



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



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



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

Vulnerability Tester

Security Analyst (II)

Vulnerability Assessment Analyst

Network Security Operations

Application Security Vulnerability

Beta Exam Details

Exam Codes PT1-001
Number of Questions Maximum of 110 items
Type of Questions Multiple choice and performance based
Length of Test 165 minutes
Start Date January 31, 2018 
​End Date  When 400 people have taken the beta or April 25, 2018. 
Where Pearson Vue
Registration  Begins January 31, 2018, on the Pearson VUE website 
Passing Score ​Pass/fail information will not be available until summer 2018; candidates will be notified.
Recommended Experience Network+, Security+ or equivalent knowledge. Minimum of 2-3 years of hands-on information security or related experience.
Languages English
Price $​50.00 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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