CompTIA PenTest+ is for cybersecurity professionals tasked with penetration testing and vulnerability management.

Why is it different?

CompTIA PenTest+ is the only penetration testing exam taken at a Pearson VUE testing center with both hands-on, performance-based questions and multiple-choice, to ensure each candidate possesses the skills, knowledge, and ability to perform tasks on systems. PenTest+ exam also includes management skills used to plan, scope, and manage weaknesses, not just exploit them.

PenTest+ is unique because our certification requires a candidate to demonstrate the hands-on ability and knowledge to test devices in new environments such as the cloud and mobile, in addition to traditional desktops and servers.

About the exam 

The new PenTest+ (PT0-002) exam will launch October, 2021!

  • 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 effectively collaborate on and report findings.
  • Candidates will also have the best practices to communicate recommended strategies to improve the overall state of IT security.

CompTIA PenTest+ is compliant with ISO 17024 standards and approved by the US DoD to meet directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements. Regulators and government rely on ANSI accreditation, because it provides confidence and trust in the outputs of an accredited program. Over 2.3 million CompTIA ISO/ANSI-accredited exams have been delivered since January 1, 2011.

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What Skills Will You Learn?



Explain the importance of planning and key aspects of compliance-based assessments



Gather information to prepare for exploitation then perform a vulnerability scan and analyze results.



Exploit network, wireless, application, and RF-based vulnerabilities, summarize physical security attacks, and perform post-exploitation techniques



Conduct information gathering exercises with various tools and analyze output and basic scripts (limited to: Bash, Python, Ruby, PowerShell)



Utilize report writing and handling best practices explaining recommended mitigation strategies for discovered vulnerabilities

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Jobs that use CompTIA PenTest+

Penetration Tester

Vulnerability Tester

Security Analyst (II)

Vulnerability Assessment Analyst

Network Security Operations

Application Security Vulnerability

Exam Details

Exam Code PT0-001  PT0-002
Launch Date July 31, 2018 October, 2021 
Exam Description The CompTIA PenTest+ certification verifies that successful candidates have the knowledge and skills required to plan and scope an assessment, understand legal and compliance requirements, perform vulnerability scanning and penetration testing, analyze data, and effectively report and communicate results. The CompTIA PenTest+ will certify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to plan and scope a penetration testing engagement including vulnerability scanning, understand legal and compliance requirements, analyze results, and produce a written report with remediation techniques. 
Number of Questions Maximum of 85 questions
Type of Questions Performance-based and multiple choice
Length of Test 165 minutes
Passing Score 750 (on a scale of 100-900)
Recommended Experience Network+, Security+ or equivalent knowledge. Minimum of 3-4 years of hands-on information security or related experience. While there is no required prerequisite, PenTest+ is intended to follow CompTIA Security+ or equivalent experience and has a technical, hands-on focus.
Languages English and Japanese English, Japanese to follow 
Retirement April, 2022 Usually three years after launch 
Testing Provider  Pearson VUE
Price $370 USD

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What people are saying about CompTIA PenTest+

“PenTest+ demonstrates knowledge beyond entry-level and that the individual is competent to add value within a pentester team immediately; this person can hit the ground running.”

Gavin Dennis, Senior IT Security Consultant

How Does CompTIA PenTest+ Compare?


 EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
Performance Based Questions
Experience LevelIntermediateIntermediateIntermediateIntermediate / Advanced
Exam FocusPenetration testing and vulnerability assessmentPenetration TestingPenetration Testing from a Business-valueReal World-based with a Lab and submitted report
Vendor NeutralYes YesYes Yes

Exam Preparation

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Keep your certification up to date with CompTIA’s Continuing Education (CE) program. It’s designed to be a continued validation of your expertise and a tool to expand your skillset. It’s also the ace up your sleeve when you’re ready to take the next step in your career.

Get the most out of your certification
Information technology is an incredibly dynamic field, creating new opportunities and challenges every day. Participating in our Continuing Education program will enable you to stay current with new and evolving technologies and remain a sought-after IT and security expert.

The CompTIA Continuing Education program
Your CompTIA PenTest+ certification is good for three years from the date of your exam. The CE program allows you to extend your certification in three-year intervals through activities and training that relate to the content of your certification.

It’s easy to renew
You can participate in a number of activities and training programs, including higher certifications, to renew your CompTIA PenTest+ certification. Collect at least 60 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in three years and upload them to your certification account, and your CompTIA PenTest+ certification will automatically renew.

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