Certified Penetration Testing Professional (CPENT) (EC6158)

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, organizations face constant threats from malicious actors seeking to exploit vulnerabilities in their networks and systems. The Certified Penetration Testing Professional (CPENT) stands as a testament to advanced expertise in ethical hacking and penetration testing.  

The EC-Council’s Certified Penetration Tester (CPENT) program teaches you how to perform an effective penetration test in an enterprise network environment that must be attacked, exploited, evaded, and defended. If you have only been working in flat networks, CPENT’s live practice range will teach you to take your skills to the next level by teaching you how to pen test IoT systems, OT systems, how to write your own exploits, build your own tools, conduct advanced binaries exploitation, double pivot to access hidden networks, and also customize scripts/exploits to get into the innermost segments of the network.

The CPENT training is part of a learning path of certifications on offensive security. It is a direct preparation to the CPENT as well as to the ultimate Licensed Penetration Tester Master exam. The recommended prerequisite course is the Certified Ethical Hacker.


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November 18 2024
5 days / 35 hours

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Minimum no. of participants: 5
5 days / 35 hours
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English or French
Training plan: 

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

  • One year access to the class recording
  • 180 days access to the lab environment after class
  • One voucher to take the exam online
  • One year subscription to the CodeRed platform containing thousands of cybersecurity videos
  • Course material accessible in electronic format
  • Official EC-Council Certificate of Attendance
Credentials information: 

Exam Characteristics

  • Preparing for the Certified Penetration Testing Professional certification
  • Cost: $0 (included in your training)
  • Online with EC-Council Exam Center
  • Duration: 24 hours
  • Passing score: 70%
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Understanding CPENT 

CPENT is a certification offered by the EC-Council, a globally recognized leader in cybersecurity education. The program is meticulously crafted for cybersecurity professionals aspiring to elevate their skills in penetration testing. Unlike traditional certifications, CPENT focuses on practical, hands-on skills, providing participants with the ability to simulate real-world cyber-attacks and identify and mitigate vulnerabilities effectively. 

Comprehensive Curriculum 

The CPENT program covers a wide range of topics essential for penetration testers. Participants delve into advanced concepts, including network penetration testing, web application penetration testing, wireless penetration testing, and IoT penetration testing. The curriculum is designed to ensure a deep understanding of various attack vectors and techniques, preparing participants to assess and secure complex systems. 

  • Advanced Network Penetration Testing: One of the core components of CPENT is advanced network penetration testing. Participants learn to identify and exploit vulnerabilities in network infrastructure, employing both manual and automated techniques. The program emphasizes understanding network architecture, identifying misconfigurations, and effectively pivoting within networks to assess security controls. 
  • Web Application Penetration Testing: With the proliferation of web applications, securing them is paramount. CPENT equips participants with the skills to assess web application security comprehensively. This includes identifying common vulnerabilities, understanding secure coding practices, and employing both manual and automated tools to uncover potential weaknesses in web applications. 
  • Wireless and IoT Penetration Testing: As organizations increasingly adopt wireless technologies and IoT devices, the need for specialized penetration testing skills grows. CPENT addresses this by providing insights into securing wireless networks and assessing the security of IoT devices. Participants gain hands-on experience in identifying vulnerabilities in wireless protocols and IoT implementations. 

Practical Application and Real-World Scenarios 

CPENT stands out for its emphasis on practical application. Participants engage in real-world scenarios and hands-on labs, simulating complex environments. This practical experience is invaluable, as it bridges the gap between theoretical knowledge and the ability to apply penetration testing skills in dynamic, challenging situations. 

Importance of CPENT Certification 

The CPENT certification holds immense value in the cybersecurity industry. Organizations are increasingly recognizing the need for penetration testers with practical, hands-on experience. CPENT-certified professionals demonstrate their ability to navigate complex security challenges, providing assurance to employers that they can identify and address vulnerabilities effectively. 

Career Opportunities 

Completion of the CPENT program opens doors to various career opportunities in the field of penetration testing. Roles such as Penetration Tester, Ethical Hacker, and Security Consultant are common paths for CPENT-certified professionals. The certification not only validates technical proficiency but also showcases a commitment to ethical hacking practices. 


In conclusion, the Certified Penetration Testing Professional (CPENT), coded EC6158, stands as a pinnacle in the realm of ethical hacking and penetration testing. With its practical focus, comprehensive curriculum, and alignment with industry needs, CPENT equips cybersecurity professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the dynamic and challenging field of penetration testing. For those seeking to master the art of ethical hacking and penetration testing, CPENT is a transformative journey that opens doors to new heights in the world of cybersecurity. 

Common Questions about the Certified Penetration Testing Professional (CPENT) (FAQ) 

How hard is the CPENT exam? 

The difficulty of the CPENT exam can vary depending on an individual's background, experience, and preparation. The CPENT exam is designed to assess advanced penetration testing skills, including network, web application, wireless, and IoT penetration testing. Adequate preparation, hands-on experience, and a solid understanding of the exam objectives contribute to success. 

Which is better, CPENT or OSCP? 

The choice between CPENT and OSCP depends on individual goals, preferences, and career aspirations. CPENT, offered by EC-Council, focuses on practical, hands-on penetration testing skills with an emphasis on various domains. OSCP, provided by Offensive Security, is well-known for its challenging and hands-on approach, concentrating on network and web application penetration testing. It's recommended to review the objectives of each certification and align them with personal career objectives. 

Is CEH required for CPENT? 

While the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification is not a strict requirement for CPENT, having a CEH certification or equivalent knowledge can be beneficial. CPENT assumes a foundational understanding of ethical hacking concepts, and candidates with CEH or related experience may find it easier to grasp advanced penetration testing topics covered in the CPENT program. It's advisable to review the prerequisites and recommended skills for CPENT before attempting the certification. 

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