IT 6100

Ethical Hacker (PenTest+)

Online Certification Training

This program prepares you for a career in cybersecurity, with a focus on "offensive" strategies to protect an organization from risk. Watch our program sneak peek below!

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3  Weeks
Program Length
Avg. Starting Salary*
Comp TIA
Issuing Authority

This program is NOT available to residents of the following states: AR, LA, ND, NV, OK, PA, RI, WI

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MedCerts Tuition Advantage

We believe everyone should have access to higher education. With the option to pay in full, break down payments or utilize government grant funding, we help expand that access.

Monthly Payment Options as low as $191 Payment Plans for Every Student

Talk with an Education Consultant to pick the perfect payment plan, from paying in full to installments with interest rates from 0-12%.

Total Tuition $2,200 Pay in Full

The total tuition can be paid immediately or through a number of grant-funded or monthly payment plan options.


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The pricing listed above for a monthly payment plan is an estimate for the cost of an 12-month payment plan including down payment. Final pricing is given at time of purchase and may vary from both pricing examples above.

*Students in Maryland are not eligible for MedCerts payment plans but may be eligible for other tuition options. Speak to an Education Consultant for further information.

MyCAA, Army Credentialing Assistance and Workforce Grants

MedCerts offers financial aid options through these government grant-funded programs – MyCAA, Workforce Funding (including WIOA), and Army Credentialing Assistance (Army CA). Those eligible include Military Spouses, active duty Army, Reserves, and National Guard members, or workforce-funded qualifying job seekers. Speak to an Education Consultant to see if you qualify.

What Does an Ethical Hacker Do?

Penetration Testers or Pentesters (also known as Ethical Hackers) proactively test for security gaps and weaknesses within organizations of all sizes across all industries. As organizations scramble to protect themselves and their customers, the ability to conduct penetration testing is an emerging skill set that is becoming ever more valuable to the organizations seeking protection, and even more lucrative for those who possess these skills.

Entry Level Jobs in the US
Ethical Hackers will see available jobs grow 28.7% over the next ten years.
All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

What You’ll Learn
IT 6100
Ethical Hacker (PenTest+)

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that roles requiring penetration testing will be within the fastest-growing job category, with 28% overall growth by 2026. The overall penetration testing market is estimated to grow 23.7% by 2021.

The Ethical Hacker (CompTIA PenTest+) certification program focuses on developing the following 5 primary skills including, Planning and Scoping, Information Gathering & Vulnerability Identification, Attacks & Exploits, Penetration Testing Tools, and Reporting & Communication. Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to demonstrate the hands-on ability to test devices in new environments such as the cloud and mobile, in addition to traditional desktops and servers.

The CompTIA PenTest+ certification exam focuses on the technical, hands-on details of the cybersecurity field, including how to emulate a cyber threat, infiltrate a secure network architecture and conduct a penetration test against your organizational networks (with permission, of course).

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  1. Conduct information gathering using appropriate techniques
  2. Perform a vulnerability scan and analyze scan results
  3. Exploit wireless and RF-based vulnerabilities, application-based vulnerabilities and local host vulnerabilities
  4. Analyze tool output or data related to a penetration test
  5. Recommend mitigation strategies for discovered vulnerabilities
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Enrollment Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Web browser with internet connection
  3. Course registration & payment
  4. CompTIA Security+, Network+, or equivalent experience
  5. Minimum of 3-4 years of hands-on information security or related experience

MedCerts-Covered Materials*

  1. Expert-led video based training
  2. Textbook: PenTest+ All in One
  3. Competency assessments
  4. National Certification exam fee

Student Services

  1. Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  2. Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  3. Exam preparation process
  4. 1 yr. post-program access to Career Center & Career Coaches
Required Courses
IT 6011

CompTIA PenTest+

48 hours
3 Weeks

The CompTIA PenTest+ course will provide students with the fundamental skills and concepts surrounding penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, and vulnerability management on a variety of systems and devices. Students learn to perform security assessments on desktops and mobile devices as well as cloud, loT, industrial and embedded systems. The PenTest+ course covers the tools students will need to scan networks, crack passwords, analyze and intercept traffic, discover code vulnerabilities, and compromise resources.

By working in a virtual environment, students practice their pentesting skills using tools such as Oracle VM manager, Kali Linux, Metasploitable, and DVWA. Students will identify security weaknesses and manage system vulnerabilities and be trained to ensure that existing cybersecurity practices, configurations and policies conform with current best practices. Students will be prepared to attempt the CompTIA PenTest+ exam, which focuses on offensive penetration testing and vulnerability assessment by launching attacks on systems, discovering vulnerabilities and managing them. This course is comprised of 5 lessons that are directly aligned with the 5 knowledge domains that comprise the PenTest+ exam.

    • Perform security assessments on desktops, mobile devices as well as cloud, loT, industrial and embedded systems
    • Scan networks, crack passwords, analyze and intercept traffic, discover code vulnerabilities, and compromise resources
    • Identify security weaknesses and manage system vulnerabilities
    • Ensure cybersecurity practices, configurations, and policies conform with current best practices
Code Course Duration
IT 6011 3 Weeks
Total Program Duration 3 Weeks

Ethical Hacker

Job Opportunities

Cyber Security Analyst

$72,000 – $97,000*
Estimated Salary
Entry Level

Incident Analyst/Responder

$68,000 – $105,000*
Estimated Salary
Career Potential

Penetration Tester/Vulnerability Analyst

$82,000 – $120,000*
Estimated Salary


  1. This program is NOT available to residents of the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin
  2. While MedCerts training and related target certifications may be accepted and/or approved by your state of residency, employers reserve the right to dictate prerequisite education, experience, or certification/licensure requirements for their positions. We strongly advise students to research target job posts from area employers and relevant state requirements, barriers, or restrictions prior to enrollment to ensure eligibility upon graduation.