CompTIA PenTest+

Security controls can’t be trusted until they’re tested

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, analyse data, and effectively report and communicate results.

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5 Days
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Purpose of this course

To build on security basics by covering various penetration tests for different technologies and network components.

Who is this course for

Delegates looking to possess the skills, knowledge, and ability to perform penetration testing tasks on systems. PenTest+ exam also includes management skills used to plan, scope, and manage weaknesses, not just exploit them.

Benefits for your organisation

While having a general awareness of security and implementing various controls is great, but unless you have staff with the skill to test your security, you can’t guarantee you are protected from attacks. The reports generated from Pen Tests can inform business decisions and give stakeholders peace of mind.

Benefits for you as an individual

PenTest+ is a CompTIA qualification and as such is internationally recognised, this course can lead to further qualifications in security and is useful for a wide variety of career paths.

Planning and Scoping
  • Rules of Engagement.
  • Escalation Path.
  • Budget.
  • Analysis and timelines.
  • Resources.
Key Concepts
  • Contracts.
  • Environmental Differences.
  • Authorisation.
Network Scanning
  • Wireless standards and vulnerabilities.
  • Network Discovery.
  • Port Scanning.
  • Enumeration.
  • Researching.
  • Remote Scanning.
  • Web & Databases.
Mobile Devices & Apps
  • iOS and Android Architecture.
  • Mobile Pen Tests.
  • Security Testing.
  • Software Assurance.
Network Attacks
  • DNS.
  • DDoS.
  • Layer 2 Attacks.
  • Common Protocols.
Wireless Attacks
  • Wireless Encryption.
  • Cracking WEP.
  • MiTM.
Web & Database Attacks
  • Server Side.
  • Client Side.
  • HTML Injection.
Local Host Vulnerabilities
  • OS.
  • Post-exploitation.
  • Services.
  • Extraction.
Physical Pen Testing
  • People.
  • Environmental.
  • Device Security.
Governance and Policy
  • Pen Test Reports.
  • Delivery activities.
  • Communication.

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.


More about the exam

The CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-001) exam is entirely optional.

If you decide to purchase the exam as part of your course booking then you will receive an exam voucher after your course which is valid for 12 months and also access to CertMaster Practice, CompTIA's  online knowledge assessment and certification exam practice and preparation system.

We highly recommend that you continue with post course self-study and utilise CertMaster Practice before you sit the examination.