CompTIA Pentest+

The CompTIA PenTest+ is a unique professional certification that allows students to demonstrate the hands-on ability and knowledge to test devices in new environments, including the Cloud, mobile and traditional desktops and servers.

Why choose the CompTIA PenTest+ Course?

CompTIA PenTest+ is the only Penetration Testing exam with both hands-on, performance-based and multiple-choice questions. This helps to ensure each candidate possesses the skills, knowledge, and ability to perform tasks on systems. Throughout the certification process, individuals will develop practical skills related to penetration testing, such as how to perform vulnerability scans, identify and exploit vulnerabilities, and conduct penetration tests in a safe and ethical manner. 

Course overview

CompTIA Pentest+

The CompTIA PenTest+ certification stands out as one of the top penetration testing exams, combining both hands-on, performance-based, and multiple-choice questions. This approach guarantees that candidates possess the necessary skills and knowledge to be effective penetration testers out in the field. 

Throughout the certification process, individuals will develop practical skills related to Penetration Testing, such as how to perform vulnerability scans, identify and exploit vulnerabilities, and conduct penetration tests in a safe and ethical manner. The course equips individuals with valuable skills for real-world scenarios in a safe and responsible manner. 

What you'll learn

  • Topics
    Planning for an Engagement 
    Scoping an Engagement 
    Information Gathering 
    Vulnerability Identification 
    Social Engineering and Specialised System Attacks 
    Network-Based Exploits 
    Application-Based Vulnerabilities 
    Local Host Vulnerabilities 
    Post-Exploitation and Facilities Attacks 
    Penetration Testing Tools 
    Reporting and Communication 
    Analysing Tool and Script Output 
How you'll be assessed

The certification exam consists of multiple-choice and performance-based questions and is designed to assess the candidate's ability to identify, exploit, and report on vulnerabilities in a simulated environment. The exam consists of 90 multiple-choice and performance-based questions, and candidates have 165 minutes to complete the exam. To pass the exam and earn the CompTIA PenTest+ certification, candidates must score a minimum of 750 out of 900 points. The certification is valid for three years, after which individuals will need to renew their certification by earning continuing education units (CEUs) or retaking the exam. 


On successful completion of the course, you will receive your CompTIA PenTest+ certification. This is a digital certificate. 

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Course Guide

The key facts about your online training.


CompTIA PenTest+

Study time

20 guided learning hours


1 x 165 minute exam (included), 90 multiple choice and performance-based questions


Internet access and email


No formal prerequisites

Ideal for

Cyber Security professionals or anyone looking to start or advance a career in Penetration Testing



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  • What's included
    12 months unlimited access
    Award winning StudentCare team
    Practice labs
    Online support
    Test prep
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You'll come away with a widely respected, globally recognised qualification which will help you advance your cloud career.

Why learn to become CompTIA PenTest+ certified?

The CompTIA PenTest+ certification is widely recognised in the Cyber Security industry, which means certification holders stand out in the job market. Covering a range of Penetration Testing topics and emphasising practical skills, it equips you for the real world. With this certification, individuals advance their Cyber Security career, with higher salaries and stronger growth opportunities. Being vendor-neutral, the acquired skills can be applied universally, making it a valuable and versatile credential for those pursuing a career in Penetration Testing. 

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Salary projection

Average salary after completing


You can earn an average of $140,000.00 a year

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Chief Information Security Officer

You can earn an average of $140,000.00 a year

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