Practical Junior Penetration Tester™

Beginner • Ethical Hacking Certification • Training Included


The Practical Junior Penetration Tester™ (PJPT) certification is a beginner-level penetration testing exam experience.  This exam will assess a student’s ability to perform an internal network penetration test at an associate level.  Students will have two (2) full days to complete the assessment and an additional two (2) days to write a professional report.

In order to receive the certification, a student must:

    • Leverage their Active Directory exploitation skillsets to perform lateral and vertical network movements, and ultimately compromise the exam Domain Controller
    • Provide a detailed, professionally written report.

Who is this exam right for?

Anyone Who Wants to Learn Ethical Hacking

  • $Anyone new to cybersecurity or looking to advance their current IT career
  • $Current IT professionals looking to validate their fundamental penetration testing skills
  • $People who have a passion for learning new things

Beginner Level

2 Days to Complete

2 Days to Write Report

Training Included

Strong desire to learn
Unlock Your Potential

The PJPT Exam was designed to simulate a real-world internal penetration test engagement.

  • Absolutely ZERO flags to capture.
  • NO multiple-choice questions.



the real hacker accelerator

Entry-Level Salaries

Entry-Level Penetration Testers earn on average between $70,000 and $90,000/USD per year.


Most cybersecurity professionals find they have the flexibility of working from home.

High Demand

With the increasing importance of cybersecurity, there is a high demand for skilled penetration testers.

Hardware Recommendations

12GB RAM & 256GB HDD
Up-to-Date OS & Internet Browser
Stable internet connection

Experience Required

Basic Knowledge in:
Computers & Networks
A+/Net+ Equivalent

Hands-on Training Included

25+ Hours of Video Training

Self-Paced Local Labs

Practical & Real-World

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PJPT – Exam Details

Practical Junior Penetration Tester • Exam with Training

The PJPT certification and exam are perfect for students who are ready to start their careers as entry-level penetration testers.  The PJPT exam simulates a real-world internal penetration test engagement to validate your practical pentest skills and knowledge at an associate level.

In the 25+ hours of training included with your exam, we will teach you the fundamental hacking skills you need to perform internal penetration testing, including techniques such as LLMNR Poisoning, NTLM Relay Attacks, Kerberoasting, IPv6 attacks, and more. 

With this package, students receive:

      • One (1) exam attempt

      • Lifetime voucher

      • One free retake

      • Lifetime Access to 25+ hours of training

Compared to Other Industry Recognized Ethical Hacking Certifications

Industry Recognized
One free Exam Retake
Multiple-Choice Questions
Realistic Exam Experience that simulates a real pentest engagement
Non-invasive exam monitoring
24/7, toxic-free support included

Training Overview

Signup today and get Lifetime access to this course on TCM Academy

The PJPT exam was designed and developed 100% from the material found in the Practical Ethical Hacking Course (PEH) from TCM Academy.  The PEH course is composed of over 25+ hours of hands-on learning objectives that will teach you the fundamental skills, methodologies, and tools that professional penetration testers use in their careers on a day-to-day basis.

Access to 25+ hours of learning material from TCM Academy, which includes topics such as:

  • A Day in the Life of an Ethical Hacker
  • Effective Notekeeping
  • Networking Refresher
  • Introductory Linux
  • Introductory Python
  • Hacking Methodology
  • Reconnaissance and Information Gathering
  • Scanning and Enumeration
  • Exploitation Basics
  • Exploit Development
  • Active Directory
  • Post Exploitation
  • Web Application Penetration Testing
  • Wireless Attacks
  • Legal Documentation and Report Writing
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25+ Hours of Training Included


Example PJPT Certification


Step 1: Purchase the exam and register for a time convenient for you.

Our flexible registration process allows for students to register on a 24 hour calendar, so that they can take the exam at a time best aligned with their schedule.

Step 2: Take the certification exam.

Once your exam begins, students will have two full days of access to their own unique exam environment.  Once finished, students will have an additional two days to deliver a professional report with their findings.

Step 3: Receive your badge and certification.

You worked hard for it and should be able to show off that hard work.  All exams come with a certificate of completion and badge.  These items can be shared by students, and verified by employers, through Accredible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take the PJPT?

Any individual from any country is eligible to sit for the PJPT exam.  Individuals under the age of 18 years old must submit a Parental Consent Form prior to purchasing the exam voucher.

This is an entry-level penetration tester/ethical hacking certification exam.  While we do include the training material that contains all of the information required to pass our exam, we still advise students to have a basic fundamental knowledge of computers and computer networks.

I already own the Practical Ethical Hacking Course, do I get a discount?

No, the cost of the exam is $199.

Lifetime access to the Practical Ethical Hacking course is included at no additional cost.*

If you do not require lifetime access to the Practical Ethical Course the price of the exam is $199.

*Courses included in exam bundles cannot be traded, gifted, or redeemed for any monetary value or discounts.

How is this exam and training different from PNPT?

The PJPT(Practical Junior Penetration Tester) was developed as an entry-level penetration tester certification.

  • The only training required to help you pass the PJPT certification is the Practical Ethical Hacking course.


The PNPT(Practical Network Penetration Tester) was developed as an intermediate to advanced penetration tester certification.

  • The training required to pass the PNPT certification includes five courses:
    • Practical Ethical Hacking
    • Windows Privilege Escalation
    • Linux Privilege Escalation
    • Open-Source Intelligence(OSINT) Fundamentals
    • External Pentest Playbook


Does the certification expire?

No, the Practical Junior Penetration Tester 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 two full days, 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?

When it comes to practical and affordable entry-level penetration tester certification exams, there are no other comparisons. The PJPT was designed to help fill the gap of affordable and relevant cybersecurity certifications for students who are interested in becoming professional penetration testers and ethical hackers. The PJPT includes lifetime access to the Practical Ethical Hacking training course that contains all the information you will require to pass our exam. In addition to our 24-7 support, our stable lab environments simulate a real-world internal penetration test engagement that students will have two days to complete.

How difficult is the exam?

Everyone is different, however, we believe that:

If you are a beginner, this exam will give you a challenge and we strongly advise you to take your time and complete the Practical Ethical Hacking course that is included with this exam.

If you are a junior penetration tester, the exam will be of low to moderate difficulty.

Is the provided training enough to pass the exam?

Yes.  It was designed for student’s 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 an entry-level penetration tester.

Do you offer any other 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.

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