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A Guide on preparing CompTIA PenTest+

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  •   Posted on: 2021-06-17
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CompTIA introduction

CompTIA-Computing Technology Industry Association is the most influential, third-party neutral IT industry association in the global IT field. Since its establishment in 1982, it has always been committed to passing industry standards and professional competence certification, Education, and business solutions to promote the development of the information technology industry and IT technical talents.

CompTIA is headquartered in Chicago and has offices in major cities such as Beijing, London, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Sao Paulo, Toronto, and Washington, DC.

CompTIA has more than 22,000 corporate members in 143 countries worldwide, and more than 2.2 million individuals worldwide have CompTIA certification. To serve the IT industry and its members most effectively, CompTIA has developed specialized solutions and projects for the main areas of the IT industry, including communication technology, e-commerce, IT training, software services, qualification certification, public policy, and public policy And labor development.

With China's rapid development, China has become an exporter of information industry technology, and the IT industry has penetrated all aspects of China's economic and social life. Since CompTIA entered the Chinese market in 2005, it has supported Chinese companies to adopt international standards and best practices in the industry widely. It has made unremitting efforts for Chinese companies to maintain their competitiveness on a global scale better.

CompTIA's certificate is now gradually recognized by domestic companies. Many companies' security posts are described in JD (Job Description) with additional points Security+, CISP, CISSP, etc.

In the verification roadmap given by CompTIA, Security+ and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacking) are intermediate certificates, PenTest+ and CSSLP are advanced certificates, and CISSP is an expert certificate. I will introduce this part again below.

Introduction of PenTest+

I quote an official introduction:

"CompTIA PenTest+ assesses the most up-to-date penetration testing and vulnerability assessment and management skills necessary to determine the resiliency of the network against attacks.

Successful candidates will have the intermediate skills required to customize assessment frameworks to collaborate on and report findings effectively.

Candidates will also have the best practices to communicate recommended strategies to improve the overall state of IT security.

CompTIA PenTest+ meets the ISO 17024 standard. Regulators and governments rely on ANSI accreditation because it provides confidence and trust in the outputs of an accredited program. Over 1.3 million CompTIA ISO/ANSI-accredited exams have been delivered since January 1, 2011."

In a nutshell, PenTest+ evaluates the certifier's skills in penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, and management. Those who successfully pass the certification are considered to have a customized penetration testing framework and scope, provide professional-level penetration testing reports, and give best practice recommendations for IT security. In addition, CompTIA PenTest+ also complies with the ISO 17024 standard.

Test Route

CompTIA divides information security-related certifications into four stages, elementary, intermediate, advanced, and expert. Security+ and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) are intermediate certificates, PenTest+, CSSLP, and CISA are all advanced, and CISSP is an expert...

Of course, having a certificate does not mean you have the ability. I recommend more to have enough accumulation, coupled with systematic learning, through certification to check if there are any gaps in your knowledge.

Having a certain amount of experience reserve and structured certification course study will make you obtain certification.

However, having a certificate does not represent having sufficient ability and a complete knowledge system.

Therefore, it is recommended not to research for verification but to research a test of the current knowledge system. From this perspective, it is also imperative to realize what kind of certificate is more suitable for you. Let's compare the current industry certificates in the field of penetration testing.


If you think PenTest+ is valuable, you can prepare for the test.

Some suggestions for preparing for PenTest+

If you haven't touched it before, I suggest you read the following materials before preparing for the exam.

lOWASP Testing Guide v4

lPTES (Penetration Test Execution Standard)

lThreat modeling design and deliver more secure software such as

If you already have penetration testing experience, it is recommended to see the following materials.

CompTIA Pentest+ Study Guide

CompTIA PenTest+ Cert Guide

CompTIA? PenTest+? (PT0-001) Practice Test

You can choose one of Study Guide and Cert Guide and that is enough.

Among them, I recommend CompTIA PenTest+ Cert Guide and CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-001) Practice Test the most. Both books are available on eBay.

Exam process

There are two modes of examination fees. One is to make an appointment directly at Pearson and then pay. You can also purchase coupons on the CompTIA official website. There are different packages. After purchase, you can paste the coupons when you make an appointment at Pearson.

At the time of the test, report to the corresponding location and provide two identification information certificates. Pearson staff will confirm and then enter the test room. The test is computer-based. After the test, a questionnaire will be conducted. The results will be printed at the end of the questionnaire.

Pearson will print the transcript for you, but Pearson does not give the certificate. It is provided by CompTIA.

After passing the exam, Pearson will synchronize the scores to CompTIA, and CompTIA will send an email to you. This is the website where CompTIA maintains the certificate. When you log in, you need to click on the email link to register a new account. This site is After registration, login. Under the Certifications tab, there is an electronic certificate that can be downloaded. The paper certificate requires you to update and maintain the data under the Demographics label, especially the address, mobile phone number, and other information, and then submit. After that, the status of the paper certificate will be displayed on the Fulfillment form. Generally, it may take a month to arrive.

After you get the certificate, the validity period is three years. If you want to maintain the certificate's validity period, you have to maintain the certification, which is the so-called Continuing Education (CE).

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