Global Launch of CREST’s New Registered Penetration Tester (CRT) Exam with Exclusive Discounts until January 2024
The CREST Registered Penetration Tester (CRT) exam, a new benchmark in cyber security certification, is now globally accessible. With its introduction in over 70 countries at more than 1000 Pearson VUE test centres, CREST celebrates this expansion by offering significant discounts.
To commemorate the launch, CREST is providing a substantial 75% discount to employees of member companies and a 40% reduction for all other candidates for exams booked by 31 January 2024 and taken by 30 April 2024.
CREST, an esteemed international not-for-profit cyber security organisation, has announced the worldwide availability of its new Registered Penetration Tester (CRT) certification. This global rollout is a significant step in making industry-standard cyber security skills more accessible.
The CRT exam has been revamped to reflect the dynamic nature of the cyber security sector. As an intermediate level examination, it evaluates candidates’ proficiency in penetration testing tasks with enhanced depth and breadth, covering a range of topics such as Windows and Linux file permissions and Web Application logic flaws. This updated content has been meticulously crafted and tested by CREST’s expert assessors.
Nick Benson, CEO of CREST, commented: “CREST’s goal has always been to raise the quality and professionalism of cybersecurity practices, leading the way in penetration testing and vulnerability assessment as well as red teaming, incident response and threat intelligence. Our commitment to ensuring cybersecurity professionals adhere to rigorous ethical and technical standards is exemplified by the growing popularity and recognition of our CRT qualification internationally.”
The CRT exam is widely acknowledged by employers, cyber service purchasers, and regulators globally. It is considered a standard requirement in many regions and aligns with the UK’s NCSC’s CHECK Team Member requirements. The revamped CRT exam maintains the high standards and security synonymous with CREST certifications, continuing to serve as a badge of honour for individuals and a mark of competence for employers and regulators.
For a limited time, CREST offers the CRT exam at a 75% discount for employees of member companies and 40% off for all other candidates. This promotional period extends until 31 January 2024, with exams to be taken by 30 April 2024.
Candidates must hold a valid CREST Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA) certification before attempting the CRT exam, which is also available at Pearson VUE centres and included in the discount offer.
Andy Woolhead, Head of Cyber Skills and Certifications at CREST, stated: “We have fully refreshed the exam, retaining the high calibre that our member companies and exam candidates expect. We have gone to great lengths to ensure the quality of the new exam, with the support of our expert assessors and the broader CREST Community. The new CRT test is more evenly balanced across infrastructure and web and a larger skillset is tested. This is all part of our remit to fully support cyber security professionals everywhere in their ongoing professional development.”
“CREST research has shown us that the quality of Pen Tests varies enormously and that the lack of defined standards complicates the landscape. The CRT exam has been designed to reflect current Pen Test practice and to accurately assess an individual’s knowledge, skills and experience. Available to take in over 70 countries, we are seeing more of a logical progression to standardisation across the sector – which can only be a good thing.”
CREST certifications are designed to verify the qualifications, ethical standards, and capabilities of cyber professionals. Offering the globally recognised CRT exam more broadly marks a step towards standardising the largely unregulated cyber security industry.
Pearson VUE, a globally renowned computer-based testing provider, administers the CRT exam, ensuring its integrity through physical proctoring. The exam now includes a virtual machine (VM) of tools for candidate use, enhancing the examination process.
CREST provides a clear career pathway in the cyber security industry, from entry-level to senior tester roles, and collaborates with numerous technical security providers to develop its exams and career paths.
For more details and to book a CRT exam, visit CREST’s website: www.crest-approved.org/skills-certifications-careers/crest-registered-penetration-tester/.