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TCM Security Certifications


Designed to be practical, our training and certifications help level up your hacker skills without teaching you fluff or burning a hole in your bank account.  Stop spending thousands on training when you can prove your skillset to HR and hiring managers at a fraction of the cost.

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TCM Security Certifications


Designed to be practical, our training and certifications help level up your hacker skills without teaching you fluff or burning a hole in your bank account.  Stop spending thousands on training when you can prove your skillset to HR and hiring managers at a fraction of the cost.

What is the Practical Network Penetration Tester (PNPT) Exam?

The Practical Network Penetration Tester™ (PNPT) certification is an intermediate-level penetration testing exam experience.  This exam will assess a student’s ability to perform a network penetration test at an 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

What Our Students Say:

“I will stress the fact that it does indeed mirror the real world and I did come upon situations I have faced while on engagements. I recommend this to everyone interested in Cyber Security. You will not be disappointed.”Read full review

“As a learning tool, the PNPT exam and companion training courses provide enormous value for the price point. Unlike other cyber certifications, the PNPT did not feel like an unrealistic, gamified CTF, making it a fantastic resource for anyone interested in gaining well-rounded knowledge of pentesting methodologies and Windows infrastructure. Overall, it was a fun experience. I appreciated the thought behind the attacks required to compromise the domain controller and look forward to exams produced by TCMS in the future. Read full review



50+ Hours of On-Demand Training (Lifetime)

Hands-On Local Labs

1 Exam Attempt + 1 Free Retake (Lifetime)

5 Days to Complete

2 Days to Write Report

Present Live Debrief

24/7/365 Course Support (Lifetime)

Beginner IT Knowledge
Strong desire to learn
Unlock Your Potential

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

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


Exam Options


Practical Network
Penetration Tester

Exam Voucher + Training

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


Lifetime Voucher


Practical Career
Ready Professional

Exam Voucher + Training + Career Services

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


Career Services

  • 6+ Hours of Soft-Skill Training
  • Resume Review & Assistance
  • Mock Pentest Interview
  • Employer Network Access
  • Private Cohort with Instructor Access
  • Monthly Private Live Streams and Networking Events

All Students Receive

Lifetime Training

Receive lifetime access to video-led training that was developed to help guide you through a hands-on learning experience.

Realistic Exams

Our certification exams are designed to provide the student with a real-world penetration test experience.

Free Retake

If for any reason you need to take the exam a second time, we include a free retake voucher.  We don’t profit from your failures.

Industry Recognized

We are pleased to provide the most realistic and cost-effective cybersecurity certifications recognized by industry professionals and organizations.

Non-Invasive Experience

Complete the exam in the comfort of your own home without proctors or installed monitoring software.

Stable Environments

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

Unbeatable Support

We proudly offer 24/7/365 customer support with the additional benefit of access to our community Discord with over 50,000+ students.


We happily provide military, veterans, students, teachers, and first responders with a 20% off coupon, valid on certification vouchers, with or without training.

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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