Practical Network Penetration Tester™

Associate • Intermediate • Ethical Hacking Certification


The PNPT certification exam is a one-of-a-kind ethical hacking certification exam that assesses a student’s ability to perform an external and internal network penetration test at a professional level.  Students will have five (5) 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:

    • Perform Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) to gather intel on how to properly attack the network
    • Leverage their Active Directory exploitation skillsets to perform A/V and egress bypassing, lateral and vertical network movements, and ultimately compromise the exam Domain Controller
    • Provide a detailed, professionally written report
    • Perform a live 15-minute report debrief in front of our assessors, comprised of all senior penetration testers

Experience Reality

The PNPT Exam was designed to simulate a real-world penetration testing engagement.

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


What Our Students Say:



5 Days to Complete

2 Days to Write Report

Present Live Debrief

Intermediate IT Knowledge
Strong Desire to Learn






Practical Network Penetration Tester
Exam Voucher + Training

One (1) Practical Network Penetration Tester Certification Voucher with one (1) free retake is included, Plus:


Lifetime Voucher


50+ Hours of Training

  • Practical Ethical Hacking
  • Windows Privilege Escalation
  • Linux Privilege Escalation
  • Open-Source Intelligence
  • External Pentest Playbook


Practical Career Ready Professional
Exam Voucher + Training + Career Services

Everything in the Exam + Training Package is included, Plus:


Career Services

  • 6+ Hours of Training
  • Resume Review & Assistance
  • Real-Time Mock Interview
  • Employer Network Access

Practical + Real-World

Compared to Other Industry Recognized Ethical Hacking Certifications

Industry Recognized
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
One-On-One Career Coaching session
6+ Hours of Career Services Training
Personalized Resume Review
mock job application simulation
mock job interview simulation
access to our employer & social networks
Less than $1,000 USD


Practical Network Penetration Tester™ • Exam Voucher with Training

Students enrolled in the PNPT with Training package will receive the following:

    • One (1) exam attempt

    • Lifetime voucher

    • One free retake

In addition, students will receive access to 50+ hours of course materials from TCM Academy, including the following courses (click any link to view full course information):


Practical Career Ready Professional


Practical Career-Ready Professional • PNPT Exam Voucher + Training

Become a Practical Career-Ready Professional through TCM Security’s career services training and assistance program. Once you complete your PNPT Exam, you will begin our one-of-a-kind PCRP training program. Designed to provide students with practical soft skills, communication skills, and personal branding skills to take their careers to the next level.

With this package, students receive:

    • Career Services Training (6+ Hours)

    • Resume Review & Assistance

    • Real-Time Mock Interview

    • Access to Our Employer Network

    • PNPT Training (50+ Hours)

    • One (1) Lifetime PNPT Exam Voucher with One (1) Free Retake

    • A Detailed QA of Your PNPT report


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 five full days of access to their own unique exam environment.  Once finished, students will have an additional two days to deliver a professional report.  Finally, students will debrief our team of pentesters with their report 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 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 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 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.

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