Certification Equivalency Recognition Programmes


CREST has entered formal Agreements with Offensive Security and EC-Council to recognise equivalent qualifications against CREST certifications.

CREST will grant equivalency for a maximum period of three years provided that:

a)  a candidate holds a current CREST qualification, and such qualification may not have been attained under any equivalency programme;  and
b)  can provide evidence of either their OSCP qualification or their EC-Council ECSA (Practical) qualification, either of which must have been issued within the three years prior to application.

Criteria apply to each of these recognition schemes, the details of which can be found above.

For the avoidance of doubt, a CPSA qualification attained via equivalency cannot be used to gain equivalency for the CREST CRT qualification.

Please note that a CPSA qualification attained via equivalency cannot be used as the pre-requisite for the new CREST Registered Security Analyst (CRSA) examination which is taken at a Pearson Vue centre.

However, 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 at a CREST examination centre.

Candidates seeking equivalency recognition under any equivalency program will be required to adhere to the CREST Code of Ethics available here: https://crest-approved.org/about-crest/international-governance-structure/index.html

Individuals seeking the more specialized CREST Certified Tester qualifications (CCT) must apply in the normal way.  Please see How to Book Your Examination.

Data Sharing
By applying to CREST for equivalency, candidates authorise CREST and its equivalency program Partner to share information about their training and exam history.

Individuals that are eligible for CRT through an equivalency program will be excluded from CREST’s submission to the NCSC as part of the UK Government’s CHECK scheme. Candidates operating in the UK that wish to achieve CHECK Team Member status will be required to pass a CREST Registered Penetration Tester exam directly with CREST in line with UK Government requirements.

Further Information
Booking your Pearson Vue examination – https://www.pearsonvue.co.uk/crest

Booking your CREST examination – https://crest-approved.org/how-to-book-your-examination/index.html

CREST Examination FAQs – https://crest-approved.org/professional-qualifications/examination-faqs/index.html