CREST provides a recognised career path right from entry into the industry through to experienced senior tester level. We work with the largest number of technical information security providers who support and guide the development of our examination and career paths.
All the information you need to book a CREST examination can be found on the Examination Booking page in your country of choice which includes the Terms and Conditions for booking, information on logistics and timings and CREST’s policy for candidates requiring additional time to accommodate a medical condition (must be advised in advance and medical evidence required); the booking form also contains a number of frequently asked questions.
A summary of the examination delivery methods is shown in the table below and you can also click on the links to access the technical syllabus and Notes for Candidates for each examination. The Examinations Overview gives a synopsis on each examination.
|Examination Title||Entire Exam at Pearson Vue||Written Element at Pearson Vue||Entire Exam at CREST Exam Centre||Practical Element at CREST Exam Centre|
|Practitioner Security Analyst||✓|
|Registered Penetration Tester||✓|
|Certified Infrastructure Tester||✓||✓|
|Certified Web Application Tester||✓||✓|
|Simulated Target Attack & Response/CBEST|
|Certified Simulated Attack Specialist||✓||✓|
|Certified Simulated Attack Manager||✓|
|Practitioner Threat Intelligence Analyst
(available 3 June 2019)
|Registered Threat Intelligence Analyst||✓|
|Certified Threat Intelligence Manager||✓|
|Practitioner Intrusion Analyst||✓|
|Registered Intrusion Analyst||✓|
|Certified Network Intrusion Analyst||✓|
|Certified Host Intrusion Analyst||✓|
|Certified Malware Reverse Engineer||✓|
|Certified Incident Manager||✓|
|Registered Technical Security Architect||✓|
The CREST Career Path
The diagram above depicts the career path offered by CREST qualifications. Please note that the following examinations are currently in development:
- Threat Intelligence (STAR) – Practitioner level – this examination is scheduled to be available in early 2019. You can register your interest by emailing [email protected]
- Security Architecture – Practitioner level
- Security Architecture – Certified level
CREST have also accredited a number of training courses that align with elements of the syllabuses for our examinations. You will find full details on this page.
Recommended preparation material for our examinations
CREST operates a small network of Assessors drawn from CREST Member Companies to manage the examination process. You can find further information on this group and their selection here.