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CPENT - Certified Penetration Testing Professional - Training and Certification

CPENT - Certified Penetration Testing Professional - Training and Certification

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If you are looking to take your pentesting skills to the next level, EC-Councils Certified Penetration Tester (CPENT) certification will push your skills and knowledge to the limit. Our 40-hour Certified Penetration Tester training will prepare you for the exam, one of EC-Council's most challenging certifications.

Our CPENT training integrates live instructor-led sessions with utilizing EC-Councils' cyber ranges. You’ll be taught how to attack, exploit, evade, and defend enterprise network environments. We’ll teach you to build your own exploits as well as pentest OT, and IoT systems. You’ll learn to double pivot to access hidden networks, create your own tools, conduct advanced binaries exploitation, and customize scripts and exploits to get into the innermost segments of the network.

The goal of our CPENT program is to help you master pentest skills using live cyber ranges, enhanced through instructor-led training sessions.



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    The CPENT Cyber Range

    The key to our CPENT Training is the unique mix of expert instruction combined with the use of EC-Council’s CPENT cyber ranges. These ranges are set up to replicate a contemporary enterprise network, with all the pentesting challenges that you would expect from EC-Council.

    Learning in a live cyber range offers candidates a chance to experience real world situations. In this case the CPENT cyber range is set up with multiple layers of network segmentation, which our students will learn how to navigate. As the student accesses once segment they will have been taught how to use the latest pivoting techniques required to reach the next. As you explore the cyber range, you’ll discover the targets and segments are progressive in nature. Once you access one machine or segment, the range adapts to challenge you even more on the next one!

    The dynamic nature of the CPENT practice and exam ranges mimic the real world with targets and technology continually changing. All while EC-Council engineers add new targets and defences throughout the CPENT course’s lifetime.

    Why Take CPENT Training in Maryland or Virginia?

    The threat landscape is constantly changing. As fast as software vendors patch their tools, cyber criminals are exposing new vulnerabilities. CPENT training addresses this issue using a dynamic cyber range that will push your new skills to the limit, including your ability to adapt to a changing environment.

    The advantage of taking TrainACE’s CPENT training is that you will have an experienced instructor guiding you through the whole process, explaining tactics and teaching you new strategies for exposing vulnerabilities in an organizations IT infrastructure.

    With so many government agencies, government contractors and military organizations headquartered around Washington DC there is a huge shortage of skilled pentesters in our region. So, if you’re looking for opportunities around Maryland, Virginia, or DC, this is a particularly great certification to add to your skillset.

    Another benefit of taking CPENT training is that, depending on your skill level, you can attain two levels of certification. With a 70% score on the exam you become a Certified Penetration Testing Professional (CPENT), and if you score 90% or more you become a Licensed Penetration Master (LPT (Master)).

    In our CPENT training you will learn advanced penetration testing skills including:

    • Advanced Window Attacks
    • Attacking IoT Systems
    • Writing Exploits: Advanced Binaries Exploitation
    • Bypassing a Filtered Network
    • Pentesting Operational Technology (OT)
    • Access Hidden Networks with Pivoting
    • Double Pivoting
    • Privilege Escalation
    • Evading Defense Mechanisms
    • Attack Automation with Scripts
    • Build Your Armory: Weaponize Your Exploits
    • Write Professional Reports

    What are the Benefits of TrainACES’s CPENT Training and Certification?

    • Our course is mapped to NIST’s NICE framework.
    • Our class is a fully methodology-based penetration testing program.
    • We combine automated and maual penetration testing methodologies.
    • The CPENT cyber ranges we use are maintained by EC-Council experts who keep the ranges running with the most common penetration testing practices.
    • The skills you will learn and test for map to all major pentest related roles.
    • The training provides strong reporting writing guidance.
    • We’ll ensure you have a real-world experience through an Advanced Penetration Testing Range.
    • Our expert instructors will be right there to guide you through all elements of the CPENT experience.
    • You’ll learn from some of the best cybersecurity instructors in the Washington DC region.

    Who Needs CPENT Training?

    Our CPENT training is aimed at helping ethical hackers and penetration testers advance thier skills, and prove they have what it takes to tease out vulnerabilities in live and dynmic environments. The training is also very beneficial to network administrators, firewall administrators, security testers, system administrators, risk assessment professionals, and anyone who is responsible for the security of IT environments.


    • Ethical Hackers
    • Penetration Testers
    • Network server administrators
    • Firewall Administrators
    • Security Testers
    • System Administrators and Risk Assessment professionals

    What Jobs Can I Get With CPENT?

    CPENT Certification opens a wide range of job opportunities and maps closely to the NIST NICE framework. As you start to offer your new skills and knowledge on the job market, you can expect to find roles including:

    • Cyber threat analyst
    • Cybersecurity Forensic Analyst
    • Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst
    • Information Security Analyst
    • Cyber Security Engineer
    • Application Security Analyst II
    • Cyber Security Assurance Engineer
    • Senior Information Assurance/Security Specialist
    • Security Systems Analyst
    • Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst
    • Penetration Tester
    • Technical Operations Network Engineer
    • IT Security Administrator
    • Security Engineer
    • Information Security Engineer
    • Network Security Information Analyst
    • Mid Level Penetration Tester
    • IT Security Analyst III
    • Junior Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst

    What Do You Need to Know Before Taking CPENT Training?

    There are no specific prerequisites for the CPENT exam, but this is not an entry-level certification. We recommend that candidates for this training and certification have at least a couple of years experience in IT and cybersecurity, and have CEH certification or equivalent.

    What Are the Exam Requirements For CPENT?

    The CPENT exam is not for the faint hearted. This is a live, grueling, 24-hour online test of your abilities. The exam is remotely proctored, broken into two 12-hour practical exams. CPENT will test your perseverance and focus, pushing you to your pentesting limit.

    As a CPENT candidate you can opt to take the two 12 hour exams, or one 24-hour exam.

    If you score 70% or more on the tests you will earn the CPENT certification.

    If you score 90% or more you will earn the coveted LPT (Master) credential.

    What Skills Will I Learn Taking CPENT Training in Maryland?

    Course Outline

    • Module 01: Introduction to Penetration Testing
    • Module 02: Penetration Testing Scoping and Engagement
    • Module 03: Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)
    • Module 04: Social Engineering Penetration Testing
    • Module 05: Network Penetration Testing – External
    • Module 06: Network Penetration Testing – Internal
    • Module 07: Network Penetration Testing – Perimeter Devices
    • Module 08: Web Application Penetration Testing
    • Module 09: Wireless Penetration Testing
    • Module 10: IoT Penetration Testing
    • Module 11: OT/SCADA Penetration Testing
    • Module 12: Cloud Penetration Testing
    • Module 13: Binary Analysis and Exploitation
    • Module 14: Report Writing and Post Testing Actions
    Additional Stats and Facts

    What is the CPENT certification and who is it for?

    The EC-Council Certified Penetration Testing Professional (CPENT) is an advanced-level certification for experienced penetration testers and ethical hackers looking to validate their skills. CPENT goes beyond basic pentesting tools and teaches you how to write your own exploits, build custom tools, conduct advanced binary exploitation, pivot through networks, and customize scripts to penetrate secure network segments.

    The CPENT certification is ideal for:

    • Penetration testers
    • Ethical hackers
    • Security consultants and analysts
    • Network and system administrators
    • Firewall administrators
    • Risk assessment professionals

    While there are no mandatory prerequisites, CPENT is not an entry-level cert. EC-Council recommends having 2+ years of infosec experience and the CEH certification or equivalent knowledge before attempting CPENT.

    What does the CPENT exam cover and how is it structured?

    The CPENT certification exam is a grueling 24-hour practical exam that challenges your perseverance and focus. You can choose to take the exam in one 24-hour session or two 12-hour sessions. The exam has you perform penetration testing in a live cyber range that simulates an enterprise network with defenses you must bypass.

    Some of the key topics and techniques covered in the CPENT exam include:

    • Advanced Windows attacks and Active Directory exploitation
    • Attacking IoT and OT/SCADA systems
    • Writing exploits and advanced binary exploitation
    • Pivoting and double pivoting through networks
    • Privilege escalation and evading defense mechanisms
    • Automating attacks with scripts
    • Weaponizing exploits and building custom tools
    • Writing professional penetration testing reports

    To pass the exam and earn the CPENT certification, you must score at least 70%. If you score over 90%, you also earn the prestigious Licensed Penetration Tester (Master) credential.

    How much does the CPENT certification cost?

    The costs to earn the CPENT certification include training fees and the certification exam fee. EC-Council offers official CPENT training through their iClass platform, with prices varying by region and training provider.

    Typical costs for CPENT include:

    • CPENT Training Course: $3000-$4000 USD
    • CPENT Certification Exam Voucher: $550 USD
    • CPENT Retake Voucher: $450 USD
    • CPENT Annual Maintenance Fee: $80 USD

    While the upfront costs of CPENT are significant, the certification can provide a major salary boost. According to Payscale, the average salary for a CPENT is $103,000 per year. Experienced CPENTs in major tech hubs can earn $130,000 or more annually.

    How long does it take to prepare for the CPENT exam?

    The time needed to prepare for the CPENT exam depends on your existing knowledge and experience. EC-Council's official training course is 40 hours, typically delivered over 5 days. However, most students spend additional time practicing in labs and studying.

    Here's a sample 3-month study plan for the CPENT exam:

    • Month 1: Take the official CPENT training course and review the modules in-depth. Set up a personal lab environment for practice.
    • Month 2: Work through practice scenarios in your lab, focusing on areas you find challenging. Take notes on different tools and techniques.
    • Month 3: Take several timed practice exams to build speed and endurance. Review weak areas and practice pivoting and writing exploits. Schedule your exam date.

    Dedicating 10-15 hours per week to exam prep is a good target, but you may need more or less time depending on your skill level. The key is consistent practice and in-depth understanding of the penetration testing process.

    What are the benefits of becoming CPENT certified?

    Earning the CPENT certification provides major career benefits, including:

    1. Higher Salary - CPENTs earn over $100,000 per year on average, putting them in the top tier of cybersecurity professionals.

    2. Prestigious Credential - CPENT is one of the most challenging and hands-on pentesting certifications. Holding it demonstrates your elite skills.

    3. Better Job Opportunities - The CPENT certification qualifies you for advanced penetration testing roles across industries. It can help you land a promotion or new position.

    4. Proof of Skills - CPENT is a fully practical exam that shows you can perform in-depth penetration tests in real-world situations. It validates your ability to secure any network.

    5. Ongoing Support - EC-Council provides continued training, tools, and resources to CPENTs to keep their skills sharp as the cybersecurity landscape evolves.

    While CPENT requires significant time and financial investment, it can pay major dividends for pentesters looking to reach the pinnacle of their profession. With the right preparation and practice, you can pass the exam on your first attempt and reap the rewards of this elite certification.