CREST Registered Penetration Tester

CREST provides an entry level Registered Tester examination.  This examination is recognised by CESG as providing the minimum standard for CHECK Team Member status and is designed to assess a candidate’s ability to carry out basic vulnerability assessment and penetration testing tasks.

Examination format
The CREST registered tester exam is a practical assessment where the candidate will be expected to find known vulnerabilities across common network, application and database technologies and a multiple choice section aimed at assessing the candidates technical knowledge.

In order to book to take the examination, the candidate must hold a valid CPSA pass.

You can download the following documents from the links below:

Syllabus for the Registered tester examination
Notes for Candidates to aid examination preparation

Cost
The CREST Registered Penetration Tester examination costs £395 + VAT and is delivered at a CREST examination centre.

Recommended Preparation Material
The following material and media has been cited as helpful preparation for this examination by previous candidates:

Reading Material:
Network Security Assessment (by O’Reilly, 2nd edition)
Hacking Exposed Linux
Red Team Field Manual (RTFM) (by Ben Clarke)
Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project (by Gordon Lyon)
Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning
Web Application Hacker’s Handbook (1st & 2nd Editions)
Grey Hat Hacking (by Allen Harper, Shon Harris & Jonathan Ness)

Courses:
Certified Security Testing Associate – CREST Accredited (infrastructure components)
Certified Security Testing Professional – CREST Accredited
Certified Wireless Security Analyst – CREST Accredited (wireless components)
CREST Scheme Team Member – CREST Accredited
Offensive Security – Please also see the equivalency route via OSCP qualification here
Certified Ethical Hacker Passport

Useful Information for Candidates
Details of the Logistics and Timings of the examinations
CREST’s Policy for Candidates requiring special arrangements including additional time to accommodate a medical condition (including examinations delivered via Pearson Vue)
Terms and Conditions for CREST Examinations (includes hard disk drive wiping policy)