Learning Path

Certified Expert Penetration Tester (CEPT)

Learn advanced hacking tools and techniques.

What you will learn

This learning path builds on your ethical hacking knowledge and skills by teaching you how to write and create exploits. As you progress through six courses, you’ll learn advanced reconnaissance techniques and stealth strategies, manual and automated techniques for discovering vulnerabilities, how to write exploits, how to use Metasploit’s interchangeable payloads and remote commands, and more. Upon completion, you’ll have increased confidence in your penetration testing skills and the knowledge of exploit creation needed to take your cybersecurity career to the next level.

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Introduction to Advanced Hacking

Course — 00:07:44

K0003, K0004, K0119, K0177, K0206, K0342

A brief overview of the topics that you need to know about advanced hacking.

Advanced Reconnaissance

Course — 00:26:22

K0004, K0005, K0061, K0119, K0129, K0177, K0179, K0206, K0255, K0318, K0324, K0342, K0486, K0489, K0529, K0536, S0051, S0081

Discover some of the techniques pentesters can use in complex environments.

Finding Vulnerabilities in Software

Course — 00:57:48

K0004, K0005, K0013, K0119, K0177, K0186, K0188, K0206, K0342, K0529, K0536, S0051, S0081, S0137, S0167, S0242

Learn both manual and automated techniques for discovering vulnerabilities in apps.

Exploit Writing

Course — 00:47:04

K0005, K0016, K0068, K0070, K0119, K0177, K0186, K0188, K0206, K0234, K0342, K0372, K0536, S0019, S0051, S0130

Explore various exploits and how to choose the right Metasploit payload.

Advanced Exploitation

Course — 00:34:49

K0004, K0069, K0070, K0115, K0119, K0129, K0162, K0177, K0206, K0342, K0447, K0452, K0529, K0536, K0624, S0051, S0167, S0267

Learn concepts of advanced threats and how to use them in pentesting.

AEH Wrap Up

Course — 00:03:16

K0119, K0206, K0342

The key takeaways you need for becoming an ethical hacker.

Purple Team Privilege Escalation Project

Project — 02:31:50

This project contains three labs focused on understanding, exploiting, and mitigating vulnerabilities that allow a user to escalate their privileges.

CEPT Skill Assessment

Assessment — 75 questions — 00:37:30

CEPT Practice Exam

Assessment — 75 questions — 00:37:30

The details

Learning path insights

How to claim CPEs

Should you complete this learning path, you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion. Use this to claim your CPEs or CPUs.

Associated NICE Work Roles

All Infosec training maps directly to the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity to guide you from beginner to expert across 52 Work Roles.

  • All-Source Analyst
  • Mission Assessment Specialist
  • Exploitation Analyst

No software. No set up. Unlimited access.

Skip the server racks and spin up a realistic environment with one click. Infosec Skills cyber ranges require no additional software, hardware or server space so your team can spend less time configuring environments and more time learning. Unlimited cyber range access is included in every lnfosec Skills subscription so your team can skill up however they learn best.

Plans & pricing

  • Infosec Skills Personal

    $299 / year

    • 190+ role-guided learning paths (e.g., Ethical Hacking, Threat Hunting)
    • 100s of hands-on labs in cloud-hosted cyber ranges
    • Custom certification practice exams (e.g., CISSP, Security+)
    • Skill assessments
    • Infosec peer community support
  • Infosec Skills Teams

    $799 per license / year

    • Team administration and reporting
    • Dedicated client success manager
    • Single sign-on (SSO)
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    • 190+ role-guided learning paths and assessments (e.g., Incident Response)
    • 100s of hands-on labs in cloud-hosted cyber ranges
    • Create and assign custom learning paths
    • Custom certification practice exams (e.g., CISSP, CISA)
    • Optional upgrade: Guarantee team certification with live boot camps

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