Penetration Tester Experts Needed

CompTIA is looking for IT professionals with expertise in the field of penetration testing, vulnerability assessment and management, or a related field to be involved in an Item Development Workshop for CompTIA’s PenTest+ assessment products.

The purpose of this item development workshop is to create and review item content (questions) for CompTIA’s PenTest+ assessments.

Assistance from subject matter experts (SMEs) is crucial in providing industry relevant certifications. Potential SMEs must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 3-4 years of hands-on experience with penetration testing, and/or vulnerability assessment and management.
  • It is preferred that SMEs hold the CompTIA PenTest+, CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and/or OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional), or similar penetration testing or vulnerability assessment & management certification (or an equivalent/higher credential).

SMEs who attend the workshop will receive:

  • An honorarium of $200 per day (or $1,000 total for the week), pending adequate level of participation
  • 40 continuing education credits (CEUs)
  • A complimentary CompTIA testing voucher for the exam of their choice

In recognition of their contributions, all SMEs who participate in the workshop will have their names and companies (if provided) listed on the CompTIA website.

When: April 19-23, 2021
Where: Virtual

Only professionals currently working in the field of penetration testing and/or vulnerability management should apply. Although CompTIA appreciates interest from the training community, applications from trainers, authors, or individuals who may profit or materially benefit from knowledge of the CompTIA credential content are not eligible to participate.

If you have questions about the application process, email

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