Certified Penetration Testing Engineer

C)PTE Penetration Testing Engineer Badge
A Certified Penetration Testing Engineer imagines all of the ways that a hacker can penetrate a data system.  You have to go beyond what you learned as an Ethical Hacker because pen testing explores technical and non-technical ways of breaching security to gain access to a system.    Our C)PTE course is built on proven hands-on methods utilized by our international group of vulnerability consultants. 

In this course you will learn 5 Key Elements of Pen Testing; Information Gathering, Scanning, Enumeration, Exploitation and Reporting. Plus, discover the latest vulnerabilities and the techniques malicious hackers are using to acquire and destroy data. Additionally, you will learn more about the business skills needed to identify protection opportunities, justify testing activities and optimize security controls appropriate to the business needs in order to reduce business risk.

Once you have completed this course, you will have learned everything you need know know to move forward with a career in penetration testing.

The C)PTE is a part of these Role-Based Career Paths


Ethical Hacker/
Penetration Tester

200 Level


This course is going to prepare you for security across the entire environment including understanding risk management, identity and access control, network and data security.

Mile2 Cyber Security Certification

Security Principles

Cyber Threat Analyst

Application Security Coder

Ethical hacking Career Path Mile2 Cyber Security Certification

Cyber Threat Analyst

Identify and Neutralize Threats

Level 200 - C)SP
Level 300 - C)VA
Level 350 - C)TIA
Level 400 - C)CSA
Ethical hacking Career Path Mile2 Cyber Security Certification

Professional Ethical Hacker

Think Like a Hacker

Level 200 - C)VA
Level 300 - C)PEH
Level 350 - C)PTE
Level 400 - C)PTC
Ethical hacking Career Path Mile2 Cyber Security Certification

Application Security Engineer

Build secure applications from the ground up.

Level 200 - C)SP
Level 300 - C)PEH
Level 350 - C)PTE
Level 400 - C)CSWAE

C)PTE Key Course Information

Live Class Duration: 5 Days

Language: English

Class Formats:
*  Instructor-led

*  Self-Study

*  Live Virtual Training

Suggested Prior Knowledge:

* A minimum of 12 months’ experience in networking technologies
* Sound knowledge of TCP/IP
* Knowledge of Microsoft packages
* Network+, Microsoft, Security+
* Basic Knowledge of Linux is essential

Applicable Exams:

*  Mile2 C)PTE

CPEs:  40

C)PTE Modules

  • Course Introduction
  • Module 1  – Business & Technical Logistics of Pen Testing
  • Module 2 – Information Gathering Reconnaissance – Passive (External Only)
  • Module 3 –  Detecting Live Systems – Reconnaissance (Active)
  • Module 4 –  Banner Grabbing and Enumeration
  • Module 5 –  Automated Vulnerability Assessment
  • Module 6 – Hacking Operating Systems
  • Module 7 – Advanced Assessment and Exploitation Techniques
  • Module 8 – Evasion Techniques
  • Module 9 –  Hacking with PowerShell
  • Module 10 –  Networks and Sniffing
  • Module 11 –  Accessing and Hacking Web Techniques
  • Module 12 – Mobile and IoT Hacking
  • Module 13 –  Report Writing Basics
  • Appendix: Linux Fundamentals

Who Should Attend

* Pen Testers
* Ethical Hackers
* Network Auditors
* Cybersecurity Professionals
* Vulnerability Assessors
* Cybersecurity Managers
* IS Managers


Upon Completion

Upon completion, Certified Penetration Testing Engineer students will be able to test an information system for both physical and technical areas of weakness and offer recommendations for strengthening those areas.

Re-Certification Requirements

All  Mile2 certifications will be awarded a 3-year expiration date.

There are two requirements to maintain Mile2 certification: 

1)  Pass the most current version of the exam for your respective existing certification

2)  Earn 20 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) per year. You may submit your CEUs in your Mile2 inbox. These CEUs must fall under “Qualify Continuing Educational Activities).

Visit our certification renewal page for more information.

C)PTE Exam Information

The Certified Penetration Testing Engineer exam is taken online through Mile2’s Assessment and Certification System (“MACS”), which is accessible on your account. The exam will take 2 hours and consist of 100 multiple choice questions.

Purchase Options:

  • Individual Exam Cost - Click Here

    Course exams are individually priced.
    NOTE: You may purchase the exam without purchasing the course.

  • Live Class Exam Cost - Click Here

    Exam cost is not included with the purchase of a live class.

  • Ultimate Self-Study Combo Exam Cost - Included

    The cost of the exam is included with the purchase of an Ultimate Self-Study Combo.

  • Second Chance Exam - Click Here

    Purchase a second chance exam for less than 1/2 of the price of a regular exam when purchased with an Ultimate Self-Study Combo or an individual exam.

Course FAQ's

NO.  You do not have to purchase a course to purchase a certification exam.  

All of our courses can be taken independently.  In order to help guide our students on their cybersecurity career journey we have developed the Mile2 Certification Roadmap.

This helpful resource maps specific courses to Role-based career tracks.

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