Offensive Security Certified Expert

Provided by Offensive Security
Qualification level
Study type
Includes 30-day lab access + certification exam
$1200.00 USD

About the course

Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE)

The most challenging penetration testing certification in the industry

  • Earned after passing the 48-hour online exam
  • Pre-Requisite Course: Cracking the Perimeter (CTP)
  • Proves a practical understanding of advanced penetration testing skills
  • An OSCE is able to identify hard-to-find vulnerabilities and mis-configurations in various operating systems and attack them

Real World Exams

The OSCE examination consists of a remotely-hosted virtual network containing varying configurations and operating systems. The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to research the network (information gathering), identify any vulnerabilities, and execute their attacks with the goal of compromising the systems to gain administrative access. The examinee is expected to submit a comprehensive penetration test report, containing in-depth notes and screen shots detailing their findings. Points are awarded for each compromised host, based on their difficulty and level of access obtained.

Real World Benefits

An OSCE is able to identify hard-to-find vulnerabilities and mis-configurations in various operating systems and execute organized attacks in a controlled and focused manner. The intense forty-eight hour examination also demonstrates that OSCE’s have an above average degree of persistence and determination. Perhaps most importantly, an OSCE has demonstrated their ability to think laterally and perform effectively under pressure.


  1. Identify hard-to-find vulnerabilities.
  2. Conduct intelligent fuzz-testing.
  3. Analyze, correct, modify, and port exploit code.
  4. Hand-craft binaries to evade anti-virus software.
  5. Demonstrate creative problem solving and lateral thinking.

"This was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life both academically and professionally. This course is not for the faint of heart and requires a lot of self discipline, perseverance and a very understanding wife"
Network Administration Secrets

"I found CTP increasingly challenging, irritating and sleep-depriving but always fun and above all, extremely informative"
Charles Price

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