Certification Equivalency Recognition Programmes

ECSA (v10) with CPSAECC-logo

CREST will grant direct equivalency with the CREST Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA) qualification to candidates holding the ECSA v10 qualification provided that it has been issued within the three years prior to application.

To retain CREST CPSA qualification, on a three-year cycle candidates must either:
a.       Until 14 May 2021, re-take and pass either the ECSA v10 or CREST CPSA; or
b.       From 15 May 2021, take and pass the CREST CPSA examination

Eligible candidates must submit an application for equivalency (including EC-Council ID for proof of certification) and will be required to sign the CREST Code of Conduct for Qualified Individuals. To apply, please email [email protected]. As part of this Code of Conduct, candidates will be required to attest that they are familiar and will comply with the local legal and regulatory requirements for delivering assessments in region. On signing this document, CPSA equivalency will be granted from the date that the ECSA v10 was issued.

The time from initial application to CREST CPSA equivalency being granted is expected to be five (5) weeks.

Processing Fees
Candidates will be required to pay a £100 administration fee (or 150USD / 185AUD / 185SGD) which will cover the processing of their application. If this the administration fee is not paid within 30 days, the application will be declined and a new application will need to be submitted.

CPENT with CRT

Candidates that wish to have equivalent status granted will be required to submit evidence of their CREST Registered Security Analyst (CRSA) exam pass.  Please note that as the CRSA is unlikely to be available until the end of June 2021, CREST will accept a valid CREST Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA) qualification until that date.  Candidates must provide evidence of these qualifications to CREST for validation along with their EC-Council ID.  To apply, please email [email protected].

CRT equivalency will be granted where the candidate has taken and passed the CPENT certification within three (3) years of the date that they apply to CREST for recognition and provided that they also hold a valid pass in the CRSA examination.  CRT equivalency will be granted from the date that the CRSA qualification was issued.

Eligible candidates that submit an application for equivalency will be required to sign the CREST Code of Conduct for Qualified Individuals. As part of this Code of Conduct, candidates will be required to attest that they are familiar and will comply with the local legal and regulatory requirements for delivering assessments in region. On signing this document, CRT equivalency will be granted from the date that the CRSA qualification was issued.

To retain the equivalency, on a three-year cycle candidates must either:
a.       Re-certify the CPENT qualification with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points and re-take CREST CRSA qualification;  or
b.       Take and pass the CREST CPSA and CREST CRT examination.  A CPSA qualification attained via ECSA written equivalency may be used as the CPSA pre-requisite for candidates wishing to sit the CREST CRT examination in this circumstance;  or
c.       Take and pass the CREST CPSA and CREST CRSA examination.  A CPSA qualification attained via ECSA written equivalency may be used as the CPSA pre-requisite for candidates wishing to sit the CREST CRSA examination in this circumstance.

Eligible candidates must submit an application for equivalency (including EC-Council ID for proof of certification) and will be required to sign the CREST Code of Conduct for Qualified Individuals. To apply, please email [email protected] As part of this Code of Conduct, candidates will be required to attest that they are familiar and will comply with the local legal and regulatory requirements for delivering assessments in region. On signing this document, CPSA equivalency will be granted from the date that the ECSA v10 was issued.

The time from initial application to CREST CPSA equivalency being granted is expected to be five (5) weeks.

Processing Fees
Candidates will be required to pay a £100 administration fee (or 150USD / 185AUD / 185SGD) which will cover the processing of their application. If this the administration fee is not paid within 30 days, the application will be declined and a new application will need to be submitted.

ECSA (Practical) with CRT

Candidates that wish to have equivalent status granted will be required to submit evidence of their ECSA (Practical) exam pass (including EC-Council ID) to CREST for validation. To apply, please email [email protected].

CRT equivalency will be granted where the candidate has taken and passed the ECSA (Practical) certification within three (3) years of the date that they apply to CREST for recognition and provided that they also hold a valid pass in the CREST Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA) examination.  CRT equivalency will be granted from the date that the CPSA qualification was issued.

A CPSA qualification attained via ECSA written equivalency may be used as the CPSA pre-requisite for candidates wishing to sit the CREST Registered Penetration Tester examination but not as the CPSA pre-requisite for this CRT equivalency.

To retain the equivalency, candidates will be required re-take and pass the ECSA Practical and the CREST CPSA qualification on a three-year cycle.  A CPSA qualification attained via any equivalency cannot be used to gain equivalency for the CREST CRT qualification.

Eligible candidates that submit an application for equivalency will be required to sign the CREST Code of Conduct for Qualified Individuals. As part of this Code of Conduct, candidates will be required to attest that they are familiar and will comply with the local legal and regulatory requirements for delivering assessments in region. On signing this document, CRT equivalency will be granted from the date that the CPSA qualification was issued.

The time from initial application to CREST CRT equivalency being granted is expected to be five (5) weeks.

Processing Fees
Candidates will be required to pay a £100 (or 150USD / 185AUD / 185SGD) administration fee which will cover the processing of their application. If this the administration fee is not paid within 30 days, the application will be declined and a new application will need to be submitted.