Hacker Camp

The PNPT Accelerated Skill Camp is specifically designed for individuals who are looking to start a new career in cybersecurity, more specifically, penetration testing. This program aims to equip students with the same skills and techniques that malicious hackers use to break into networks.


Live Training Every Friday
With Instructor Q & A


Virtual Labs Included
50+ Hours of Training

Think Like a Hacker

This four-week accelerated style learning camp is taught by professional penetration testers with a passion for teaching practical knowledge as it applies to a real-world penetration testers perspective.

Throughout the program, students will engage with hands-on challenges and gain valuable knowledge to enhance their penetration testing capabilities.

Is This Program Right For You?

This program is perfect for students who are looking to kickstart their careers in the world of cybersecurity and penetration testing. Our goal is to help students develop a practical understanding of what is required to become a successful penetration tester in the real-world.

What benefits are there working in cybersecurity?

  • High Job Demand & Career Opportunities.
  • Competitive Salaries 90k – $120k USD per year.
  • Most cybersecurity professionals work from home.
  • Continuous Learning and Skill Development.
  • No degree required.


Our four-week accelerated training program outlines over 50 hours of video training to help you achieve the Practical Network Penetration Tester Certification.

Week One Schedule

Homework – Week One:

Course Overview
Networking Refresher
Lab Setup
Introduction to Linux
Introduction to Python

Live Session – Day 1:

What is OSINT and the Intel Lifecycle?
What are Sock Puppets?
Search Engine Operators
Password OSINT
Username OSINT
Image OSINT Review
Video OSINT Review
Website OSINT
Business OSINT
Social Media OSINT

Week Two Schedule

Homework – Week Two:

Social Media OSINT Continued
Wireless OSINT
OSINT Lab Build
Working with OSINT Tools
OSINT Course Challenge
OSINT Case Studies
OSINT Report Writing

Live Session – Day 2:

Port Scanning Tactics
Service Enumeration
Shell Types, Payloads, and Exploitation
Privilege Escalation Tactics
External Pentest Methodology, Attack Strategy, and Report Writing

Week Three Schedule

Homework – Week Three:

Exploit Development
Wireless Penetration Testing

Live Session – Day 3:

Active Directory Overview
Pre-Compromise AD Attacks and Defenses
Post-Compromise AD Enumeration
Post-Compromise AD Attacks and Enumeration
AD Methodology, Attack Strategy, and Report Writing
AD Case Studies
Network Pivoting

Week Four Schedule

Homework – Week Four:

Hands-on Labs
Capstone Challenge

Live Session – Day 4:

Introduction to Modern Webapps
Web Hacking Methodologies
Key Resources
Recon and Discovery (hands-on)
Exploiting Common Vulnerabilities (hands-on)

See What Our Students Are Saying

Academy Students

PNPT Certifications Issued




I attended the first PNPT Accelerated Camp in July 2023 and, as always, TCM Security delivered it in an amazing way.
The camp included new technical topics and how to gain an insight into them. The webapp section was completely new, including the labs. It’s worth mentioning that all labs were online, which means that I didn’t need many resources in my laptop to run for example the Active Directory section. Put it simple, it’s “plug and play”. I just downloaded the VPN file and I was ready to go!

But not everything was technical, our soft skills were also improved with professional advice from the TCM Sec staff. This will help us to improve our networking and communication skills, which will lead us to grow.

All in all it was a fantastic experience and I absolutely recommend it! It was pretty demanding, but the reward is huge! Hats off to TCM Security!!
A BIG thanks to all the team that made it possible!”

Omar Pedro Diaz

The PNPT accelerated course exceeded my expectations. The opportunity to interact with the instructors was undoubtedly the most significant advantage for me. Although there were instances where I felt that I had already covered certain topics, the new perspectives and additional insights I gained were well worth it. Despite some issues with the lab environment, the TCM team was highly responsive in resolving them, and I believe the next cohort will benefit from these improvements.

I wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone beginning or midway through their PNPT studies. However, if you have already completed several TCM courses and are comfortable with the material, you might find the most value in the instructor interaction or if you had struggled with the course work on your own. Throughout the course, Joe emphasized that learning doesn’t end on the final day, encouraging us to continue interacting through the special Discord group and to reach out with any job-seeking questions.

Overall, this course has prepared me well for the PNPT exam and has given me the confidence to pursue the certification.”

Jacob Thompson

“I recently completed the PNPT Accelerated Course, and I was very impressed with the content and the quality of instruction. The course covered a wide range of topics, from the basics ethical hacking to more advanced concepts like AD penetration testing  . The instructors, Heath Adams and Alex Olson  are well-respected experts in the field of cybersecurity, and they did a great job of explaining complex concepts in a clear and concise way.

I especially appreciated the hands-on exercises that were included in the course. These exercises gave me the opportunity to apply the concepts that I was learning, and they helped me to better understand how Penetration testing works in practice. I also found the provided labs are very helpful. I was able to get help from other students and from the instructor when I was struggling with a particular concept.

Overall, I highly recommend the PNPT Accelerated Course to anyone who is interested in learning more about this important field. The course is well-structured, informative, and engaging. I learned a lot from this course, and I am confident that it will help me to advance my career in penetration testing particularly and cybersecurity generally.”

Mohammed Alaojan

Practical + Real-World

Compared to Other Industry Recognized Ethical Hacking Certifications

Industry Recognized
Exam voucher Less than $350 USD
One free Exam Retake
Multiple-Choice Questions
and/or Capture the Flag Style Exam
Realistic Exam Experience that simulates a real pentest engagement
5 Days to Complete the Exam
in a stable lab environment
2 Days to write a report with
a 15-minute live debrief
Non-invasive exam monitoring
24/7, toxic-free support included

Five Sections Designed, Developed and Tested to Teach You the Practical Skills and Knowledge Used by Real Penetration Testers.

Practical Ethical Hacking

Start your journey with our flagship ethical hacking course.

25+ Hours of Hands-On Training

Windows Privilege Escalation

Take your Windows escalation game to the next level.

7+ Hours of Hands-On Training

Linux Privilege Escalation

Take your Linux escalation game to the next level.

6+ Hours of Hands-On Training

Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Fundamentals

Practical training designed to help you improve your investigative game.

9+ Hours of Hands-On Training

External Pentest Playbook

External tactics and techniques designed to help you improve your pentest game.

3+ Hours of Hands-On Training

Get Certified

Learn the practical and real-world skills that it takes to become a penetration tester.

50+ Hours of Hands-On Training

Hacker Camp

Bringing people together that share a common interest in learning and hacking.

Free Retake

If for any reason you need to take the exam a second time, we include a free retake voucher. 

Build your Network

Join your peers in our exclusive hacker camp Discord cohort channels.

Stable Environments

Get five full days of unlimited access to our stable student exam environments.  Hosted safely for you in the cloud.

Unbeatable Support

We proudly offer 24/7 customer support with the additional benefit of access to our community Discord with over 50,000+ students.

meet the instructors

Heath Adams

Heath Adams, also known as “The Cyber Mentor”, is the CEO of TCM Security.  While Heath is an ethical hacker by trade, he also loves to teach! Heath has taught courses to over 1,000,000 students on multiple platforms, including TCM Academy, Udemy, YouTube, Twitch, and INE.

Heath has held many certifications, including CISSP, PNPT, QSA, GSNA, OSCP, ECPTX, and eWPT.  He also holds an MBA degree.

Finally, Heath is also a husband, animal dad, tinkerer, and military veteran.

Alex Olsen


Alex is a Web Application Security specialist with experience working across multiple sectors, from single-developer applications all the way up to enterprise web apps with tens of millions of users. He enjoys building applications almost as much as breaking them and has spent many years supporting the shift-left movement by teaching developers, infrastructure engineers, architects, and anyone who would listen about cybersecurity.

Alex holds a Master’s Degree in Computing, as well as CEH and OSCP certifications.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long is the PNPT Accelerated Program?

The PNPT Accelerated program is four weeks long(roughly 30 days).

With mandatory Live Training every Friday from 9am-4pm EST with 30 minutes for lunch and two 15-minute breaks.

What is the format of the Accelerated PNPT?

Upon enrollment, students will be enrolled into their designated Accelerated Cohort channel on Discord and receive their Accelerated PNPT Playbook which contains the curriculum, timeline for the program, and a checklist with their starting tasks.

Students will be required to complete weekly self-paced training objectives including video training, building labs, and practicing what they’ve learned in our lab environments.

Students will also participate in weekly live training sessions with our instructors where students are able to engage and interact with the instructors to provide a well-rounded learning experience.

What are the computer requirements for PNPT Accelerated?
Your computer must have the ability to run virtualized environments in software such as VMWare, VirtualBox, etc.

  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB HDD
  • Up-to-Date Operating System & Internet Browser
  • Stable internet connection
Who can take the PNPT?
Any individual from any country is eligible to sit for the PNPT exam.  Individuals under the age of 18 years old must submit a Parental Consent Form prior to purchasing the exam voucher.
Does the certification expire?
As of 04/17/2023, The Practical Network Penetration Tester(PNPT) Certification does NOT expire.
Does my exam voucher expire?
No, exam vouchers do not expire.
Does my training expire?
No, you will have access to your training for life.
Will I receive a digital certification?

Yes! You can view an example of those here.

Can I use any tools I want on the exam?
Yes.  The exam is a pentest and all tools are allowed. Including Linpeas.
How long is the exam?
The exam environment permits five full days to simulate a real pentest, though you can complete the engagement objectives ahead of time.

You will have an additional two days to write a professional report and submit it to our team.

How does the exam compare to other certifications?
In short, it really doesn’t.  The exam was designed because the industry is lacking in practical certifications.  Some certifications are multiple choice and do not test a student’s technical skills.  Other exams are hands on, but are not realistic in time allotment or attack methodology.  This exam replicates a true pentest in both attack methodology and the amount of time permitted to perform the test.
How difficult is the exam?
Everyone is different, however, we believe that:

If you are a beginner, the exam will be very difficult and we strongly recommend that you purchase the associated training.

If you are a junior penetration tester, the exam will be difficult and may require additional training.

If you are a mid to senior level pentester, the exam will be of moderate difficulty.

Is the provided training enough to pass the exam?

Yes.  It was designed for students to pass the exam with the training.  The training is designed for students from absolute beginner to moderate levels and will teach you the skills necessary to be successful as a penetration tester.

Do you offer any discounts?
Yes! We are veteran-owned and want to thank you for your service.

We offer a 20% discount to current and former military as well as first responders (Police, EMTs, Firefighters, Nurses, Doctors, etc.), regardless of country.  We also extend this discount to students.

Please email with proof of first responder status, such as a discharge form, ID, etc. and we will issue you a coupon code to use on purchase.  If you are a student, please email us from a valid educational address or provide proof of current enrollment.

Is the exam proctored?
No.  We do monitor network traffic in the exam environment and have detection mechanisms in place for cheating in the environment and the exam, but there will be no proctor or intrusive software to install on your machine.
Do you offer printed certifications?
In efforts to stay green, we do not offer printed certifications.  However, our certifications come in a high quality printable format and you’re welcome to have them printed on your own accord.

Are You Ready For Something New?

Join us for an exciting four-week program and prepare for a new career as a penetration tester!