OSCP and CRT Equivalency

CREST Australia New Zealand and Offensive Security are delighted to be working together to drive greater confidence in the capabilities of the Penetration Testing industry. Through this strategic partnership, Offensive Security OSCP certified individuals can be granted CREST CRT (Pen) equivalency.

Eligibility

CRT equivalency will be granted where the candidate has taken and passed the OSCP certification within three (3) years of the date that they apply to CREST for registration. Candidates that have been awarded OSCP status more than three (3) years ago will not be eligible for CRT equivalency. Candidates that have previously passed a CREST certification will not be eligible to renew it through the OSCP route. These candidates will be required to take their CRT reassessment examinations directly with CREST Australia New Zealand.

You must be employed by, or be contracted to, a single CREST Approved (Member) Company or a company that is in the process of becoming a member to be eligible for this certification. To become a CREST Approved (Member) Company, please email membership@crestaustralia.org.

Individuals seeking the more specialized CREST Certified Tester qualifications (CCT) must apply in the normal way.

Process

Australian and New Zealand candidates that wish to have equivalent status granted will be required to submit a current resumé, along with evidence of their OSCP exam pass, (including Offensive Security ID) for validation to CREST Australia New Zealand at certification@crestaustralia.org. Eligible candidates that submit an application for equivalency will be required to sign the CREST Code of Conduct for Individuals. As part of this Code of Conduct, candidates will be required to attest that they are familiar and will comply with the local legal and regulatory requirements for delivering assessments in region. On signing this document, CRT (Pen) equivalency will be granted for a fixed term duration. The time from initial application to CREST CRT equivalency being granted is expected to be five (5) weeks. Within six (6) months of being awarded CREST CRT (Pen) equivalence, the candidate will be required to sit a CREST multiple choice top-up examination.

Processing Fees

Candidates will be required to pay a fee of AUD$1000 that will cover the processing of their application, along with one attempt at a CREST top-up exam.

Duration

CREST CRT (Pen) equivalency will be for a maximum of four (4) years from the date on which the OSCP certification was officially awarded or three (3) years after the equivalence was issued, whichever occurs first. CRT (Pen) equivalency will terminate on the fourth anniversary of the OSCP certification award date or three (3) years after the equivalence was issued, whichever comes first, and candidates will be required to sit a CREST CRT (Pen) exam to maintain CREST CRT (Pen) status. CREST will require candidates that have been awarded CRT (Pen) equivalency to take a written update exam within six (6) months of CRT equivalency being granted. If the candidate fails to pass the update exam within the six (6) month window, then CRT (Pen) equivalency will be revoked.

Data Sharing

By applying to CREST Australia New Zealand for CRT (Pen) equivalency, Offensive Security candidates authorise CREST Australia New Zealand and Offensive security to share information about the candidates training and exam history.

Top Up Examination Details

Candidates will be required to take a multiple choice top up exam within six (6) months from being awarded CRT equivalency. During this time period, candidates will be issued with a CRT (Pen) Certificate that will be valid for six (6) months.

Top Up examinations will not be available for candidates to sit until early 2016. At this point, candidates will be able to sit the top up exam in multiple test centres geographically dispersed across the world.

Once candidates have passed the top up exam, they will be issued with a new CREST CRT (Pen) certificate that will be valid for a maximum of four (4) years from the date on which the OSCP certification was officially awarded or three (3) years after the equivalence was issued, whichever occurs first.

Exam Re-sits

Candidates that fail the top up exam on their first attempt will be allowed to re-sit the examination after seven (7) days have passed from the initial exam attempt. Each resit will be charged at AUD$500 per resit attempt. There are no limits placed on the number of re sit attempts that a candidate can take. However, the candidate must have achieved a pass score within six (6) months of the original CREST application.