Professional Qualifications

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.

Examination Title Entire Exam at Pearson Vue Written Element at Pearson Vue Entire Exam at CREST Exam Centre Practical Element at CREST Exam Centre
Penetration Testing
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
Registered Threat Intelligence Analyst
Certified Threat Intelligence Manager
Incident Response
Practitioner Intrusion Analyst
Registered Intrusion Analyst
Certified Network Intrusion Analyst
Certified Host Intrusion Analyst
Certified Malware Reverse Engineer
Certified Incident Manager
Security Architecture
Registered Technical Security Architect



The CREST Career Path

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The diagram above depicts the career path offered by CREST qualifications.  Please note that the following examinations are currently in development:

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 Assessors
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.