Top 5 Penetration Testing Certifications

Penetration testing is a simulated method to assess security vulnerabilities for digital infrastructures, systems, networks, and web applications. Using a scanner like Nessus or Acunetix does not make someone a good penetration tester. A penetration tester is required to have proper training on the subject. Certifications and professional training can help someone to become a better penetration, but what I have seen is that most Bangladeshi guys don’t know which certifications and training are suitable. This article is intended to help those fellows.

Top 5 Certifications

Good certifications and training can help you to learn the method faster and can help you to prove your skills. It is better to select one training than selecting 5 bullshit. So, to help them, I have sorted 5 top certifications. Let’s have a look.

5. Pentest+ by CompTIA

  • Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Cost: $392(43000 Taka)

Pentest+ is alternative to CEH. Honestly, I value this certification more than the Certified Ethical Hacker by the EC-Council. Because it is more technical on the pentesting topic, even though the exam is multiple choice questions which I don’t like. Pentest+ is also approved by the DoD. If you want to learn the basics of Penetration Testing without investing lots of money, I would say go with this one. But be aware that this certification is not enough to make you a good penetration tester.

4. PNPT(Practical Network Penetration Tester)

  • Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Cost: $399(44000 Taka)

This training was created by a well-known person called Heath Adam. He has got good experience in teaching. Many guys try to compare PNPT with OSCP as they are a fan of this training. But I would say No. It is a training for beginners. In Bangladesh, CEH(Certified Ethical Hacker) is very popular for its misleading name. If you are also a fan of CEH, you are highly advised to rethink to start with PNPT instead, as it is more hands-on.

3. GPEN(Giac Penetration Tester)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Cost: $949(100000 Taka)

This is another popular penetration testing certification for beginners by GIAC. You will learn the basics of legal topics and penetration testing. Sadly, the exam is made of multiple-choice questions.

2. CPTS(HTB Certified Penetration Testing Specialist)

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Cost: $490(55,000 Taka)

HackTheBox is known as the most popular CTF platform for penetration testers and red teamers. And CPTS is new and created by HackTheBox. Many positive reviews are posted on the Internet If it is even a new certification. Choose this if your main goal is to learn ethical hacking with a limited budget. Be determined to accept challenges!

1. OSCP(OffSec Certified Professional)

  • Level: Intermediate to Expert
  • Cost: $1599(One-time Payment – 177,000 Taka)

OSCP is the industry’s most popular and is also considered the gold standard penetration testing certification. This certification is not an easy game. OSCP training and certifications will force you to learn methods in different ways. Start studying for OSCP, If you have the budget, you are determined, have several years of experience, and are ready to accept new challenges.

Is A Certification Enough

The straightforward answer is “NO”. You need to learn from different sources. You need to keep your knowledge constantly. Good training and certification can help you to learn faster. A recognized and respected certification can help you to find a job. It is something like you are following your seniors and learning from them. On the other side, If you are a hard worker, you can also learn from free sources available on the internet.

Finally, I recommend you research and choose the proper certification. Don’t hesitate to contact me If you still need help from me or have a comment.