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CompTIA PenTest+

CompTIA PenTest+ Is For Cybersecurity Professionals Tasked With Penetration Testing And Vulnerability Management.

Career Certification

The CompTIA PenTest+ is an intermediate certification. It is unique because it requires candidates to demonstrate the hands-on ability and knowledge to test devices in new environments from cloud and mobile to traditional desktops and servers.

Vendor Neutral

CompTIA PenTest+ is a vendor-neutral penetration exam designed to test the skills of security professionals involved in penetration testing of IT networks and vulnerability management.

Industry Recognized

CompTIA PenTest+ meets the ISO 17024 standard and is approved by U.S. Department of Defense to fulfill Directive 8570.01-M requirements. It is compliant with government regulations under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).


PenTest+ assesses the most up-to-date penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment and management skills necessary to determine the resiliency of the network against attacks.

Skill Areas

Demand For CompTIA PenTest+

  • Penetration testers are greatly in demand due to the universal increase of cyber-attacks and data breaches
  • CompTIA PenTest+ is globally recognized and is ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024-accredited. It also meets the requirements of the US Department of Defense directive 8140/8570.01-M
  • Unlike various other penetration testing certifications, CompTIA PenTest+ concentrates on describing all the essential security areas a penetration tester must be familiar with
  • Expert security professionals not only secure organizations against vulnerabilities but also think with the mind-set of penetration testers and hackers to reveal weak points in present policies
  • The job roles covered by CompTIA PenTest+ are categorized under Information Security Analysts by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of jobs in this category is expected to grow by more than 31 percent by 2029

Exam Details

CompTIA PenTest+ Exam Details

Exam Codes PT0-002  
Launch Date October 28, 2021 
Exam Description The CompTIA PenTest+ will certify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to plan and scope a penetration testing engagement including vulnerability scanning, understand legal and compliance requirements, analyze results, and produce a written report with remediation techniques. 
Number of Questions Maximum of 85 questions per exam 
Type of Questions Multiple choice and performance-based
Length of Test 165 Minutes per exam 
Passing Score 750 (on a scale of 100-900)
Recommended Experience Network+, Security+ or equivalent knowledge. Minimum of 3-4 years of hands-on information security or related experience. While there is no required prerequisite, PenTest+ is intended to follow CompTIA Security+ or equivalent experience and has a technical, hands-on focus.
Languages English
Retirement TBD - Usually three years after launch 
Testing Provider  Pearson VUE
  • Testing Centers
  • Online Testing
Price $392 USD

Who Is This Exam Intended For?

This exam is intended for candidates who are advanced end users and/or are looking at jobs in the following categories, Penetration Tester, Security Consultant, Cloud Penetration Tester, Web App Penetration Tester, Cloud Security Specialist, and Network & Security Specialist.

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