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General Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become a vendor or training partner for Offensive Security courses?

Although we appreciate your interest, we do not use training partners as we keep our standards high by only using Offensive Security trainers and staff to conduct our courses, all of whom hold multiple Offensive Security certifications. Unfortunately, we also do not sell our courses via 3rd party companies. Your clients will need to start their registration process via our website and provide the required information. Once they have provided all the information and signed our legal form, they will receive an email with a payment URL. They will be able to provide you with their payment links and you will then be able to submit the course fees on their behalf.

Do you have any job positions open at Offensive Security?

Unfortunately, we have no vacancies at the moment that you may be able to apply for. Please note that all of our new hires are selected from current/past alumni students.

How do I register with Freenode to talk in the #offsec channel?

In order to speak in the #offsec IRC channel, you will need to register your IRC nickname with Freenode.

For more information, please refer to our IRC guide available at the following link: https://www.offensive-security.com/irc-guide.pdf

Can I blog about any Offensive Security courses I’ve taken?

Although we appreciate your enthusiasm, we must request that you do not publish any scripts or solutions for systems within our labs. The reasoning behind this is simple: if a future, or current, student should come across your notes and scripts in the course of their research, they would likely use them rather than finding solutions on their own, thereby missing out on the educational process that you went through to come to these same findings.
We also further request that you do not publish any screenshots or images from our labs as they contain proprietary information

I have a job offering of OSCPs. Is there somewhere I can post this information?

We have a job offers section available in our student forums for all who have pass the OSCP certification exam. If you submit a description of the position, required/desired qualifications, contact information, and anything else you would like to add, we will review it and post up the listing on your behalf.

How can I become a penetration tester?

While we cannot offer you specific certification or career advice, we can tell you that the realm of information security is quite vast and you therefore need to determine what you like best before committing yourself. In general, only knowledge and experience are required in order to offer your services as a pentester; however, certifications do help in building your clientele. All of our courses focus on offensive security, most specifically, the field of penetration testing.

Our Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK) course focuses on modern techniques used by penetration testers all across the globe, so it would be a great start for you. Cracking the Perimeter (CTP) focuses on exploit development, web application, and WAN attacks, which are also useful for pentesters; however, PWK teaches you the core skills that are required to be a good pentester. CTP also requires advanced knowledge of different offensive techniques, so it is not recommended for beginners. If you feel you possess the required knowledge to take it, feel free to try the following CTP course registration challenge: http://www.fc4.me/

In addition to PWK and CTP, we also have a course entirely devoted to wireless penetration testing, Offensive Security Wireless Attacks (WiFu). Should you wish to learn more about all our online course offerings and start your registration process, we invite you to the following URL: https://www.offensive-security.com/information-security-training/

In-House and Live Training

In-House Training

What is required at the training facility where the training will be provided?

In order for us to conduct the training in your facility, your group or company will be required to provide the following:
• Networked computer classroom
• Printed copy of the PDF’s (we will provide the students with a PDF to print ahead of time)
• Catering for the students

What does the In-House training include?

All of our in-house training includes:
• Two trainers from our team; depending on the size of the group a third trainer may be required
• Five days of training with each days training running from 9:00AM to 5:00PM
• Trainers will remain after class for as long as students have questions
• An opportunity to attempt the course certification challenge exam

The PWK and CTP in-house training also includes:
• Soft copies of the course videos and manual
• 30 days in our virtual labs (course materials & lab time will start after the 5 days of live training)

Does In-House training include the exam?

After the training is complete, each students will be able to demonstrate and test their skills in our online exam challenge. Successful students will be awarded the Offensive Security certification applicable to the particular course.

How can I receive a quote for In-House training in my organization?

If you are interested in receiving a quote, please complete the online request form found at the following URL: https://www.offensive-security.com/offensive-security-solutions/in-house-training/

Please be advised, our in-house training schedule is usually fully booked. Should we be unable to book training, we can add you to our waiting list and contact you if any future dates become available.

How can I pay for In-House training?

The terms for payment of In-House training is as follows:
• 10% in order to book the dates (non-refundable)
• 90% one week before the training starts
• Payments via wire transfer
• Prices are inclusive for two instructors with no additional fees for travel or accommodation
• Training to be booked and confirmed 12 weeks prior to course start date

Live Training

What materials will we receive during the Blackhat live courses?

The live training at Black Hat only includes a hard copy of the course materials. It does not include an exam attempt, soft copy of the course materials, or lab time. You will be able to purchase those items after attending the course via our website.

What standing do I have with Offensive Security after I attend a Blackhat Live course?

You are considered to be an Offensive Security alumni student and are entitled to discounted rates on purchases of a soft copy of the course materials, lab access, or an exam attempt. You will be able to view the alumni pricing information via your personalized purchase link that you will receive following the course.

Will you be offering live training outside of Blackhat?

Unfortunately, we have no plans to offer additional live training in the future, with the exception of Black Hat USA. Our next live training sessions will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada during the Black Hat USA 2014 event. Since the training is organized by Black Hat, you will need to register via their website directly: https://www.blackhat.com/us-14/training/index.html.
We do provide in-house training for interested groups and organizations. We offer Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK), Cracking the Perimeter (CTP), Advanced Windows Exploitation (AWE), and Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation (AWAE) as live courses. Note that we require a minimum of 18 students in order to make it feasible to facilitate in-house training.

If you are interested in receiving a quote, please complete the online request form found at the following URL: https://www.offensive-security.com/offensive-security-solutions/in-house-training/

Please be advised, our in-house training schedule for 2014 is almost fully booked. Should we be unable to book training, we can add you to our waiting list and contact you if any future dates become available.

Orders, Registration and Payments

Orders and Registration

Why do you require a non-free email address?

A non-free e-mail address (i.e., corporate) is used in our registration processes to verify the identity of our students. This is required as, given the nature of our training, we are bound by strict legal guidelines which we must adhere to.

What is considered a non-free email address?

We require an email address from a domain that is owned by you or your employer, such as a company, university, or personal domain. Email addresses from Internet Service Providers (ISP) or free email providers such as Hotmail or Gmail (including paid versions), are not accepted. Your name or part thereof needs to be visible in the email address and must be from a domain over 2 years of age in order for us to establish a reasonable amount of credibility.

What if I do not have a non-free email address?

If you do not have a non free e-mail address, we are legally obligated to obtain a scanned ID as proof of identity. ID numbers and barcodes may be blurred out of the image. We need to be able to see your name, address, year of birth and expiration date of the ID.

How can I change the email address I have associated with Offensive Security?

In order for us to change your email address in our system, we require a non-free email address that we can retain on file. If you do not have a non-free email address, please provide us with a scanned identification (in colour) such as a driver’s license or a passport.

Should you choose to send a scanned ID, you may blur the ID number and send it to registrar[at]offensive-security.com. The provided identification is used for identity verification purposes only and is destroyed once your registration is complete. After providing the requested information, we will assign your free address as your primary email in our system.

What can I do if I didn’t receive any registration emails?

If you didn’t receive our registration email, your email domain may be rejecting emails from our system. If this is the case, please provide us with a different email address or whitelist the offensive-security.com and offsec.com domains. We also recommend checking that our emails are not ending up in your junk mail folder.

Why is the registration process limited in time (24-72 hours)?

Each student receives a dedicated machine in our labs. Once you start your registration, we allocate a machine to your account. If your registration isn’t completed in the allocated time, the lab machine assigned to you gets assigned elsewhere.

Is an exam included in the lab extension fee?

The fee for the lab extension does not include an exam attempt. When a lab extension is purchased while a student still has a valid lab account, the exam expiration date is moved forward to 90 days after the lab extension expires. If a lab extension is purchased after after a student’s lab time expires or after failing the certification attempt, we provide a complimentary exam attempt with the lab extension purchase.

How can I receive an invoice for my order?

Once you have begun the registration process via our website, you will receive your student number (OSID). Once you have received your OSID, please send us your request with your company information after completing the registration process. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a post registration email containing your personalized purchase link. Payment is submitted via this unique link and we accept payments via credit cards, debit cards, and e-Wallets only.

You can view more details regarding our courses including the course fees and start your registration process via our website at the following URL: https://www.offensive-security.com/information-security-training/

How can I register for a future course date?

In order to begin your course on a future date, you must first register for one of the available starting dates via our website. After completing your registration process and submitting the course fees, you may provide us with a future date (any Sunday) within 12 months. Also, if you wish to receive an invoice prior to payment, please send us your request with your company information after receiving your student ID number from our system.

Once you have provided the required information your registration will be complete. At this time you will receive a post registration email containing your Offensive Security ID number and your personal purchase link. Payment is submitted via this unique link and we accept payments via credit cards, debit cards, and e-Wallets only.

Can my company register for the courses on behalf of the students who will be attending?

All of our courses are non-transferrable and are sold for personal use only even if the student’s organization is making the purchase on his or her behalf. As all students are required to read and agree to our legal terms, you cannot register on behalf of a person who is going to attend the course.
Individual students are required to start their registration process via our website at the following URL: https://www.offensive-security.com/information-security-training/

Once the student has submitted a registration request, accepted our legal form and provided the required information they will receive a post registration email. This email will contain their Offensive Security ID number and a unique purchase link which you can use to submit payment on the student’s behalf. Note that we accept payments via credit cards, debit cards, and e-Wallets only.

Students receive a certification after successfully completing the exam but are not provided with a separate course certification of completion. The exam certification, once achieved, will be mailed to the student and not to the company/organization.

Why is the legal form only valid with a home address?

We do not sign legal training agreements with companies as the course materials belong solely to the individual attending the course, which is why students are required to sign our legal agreement and submit their home address as part of the registration process.

Do you offer personal discounts on your courses?

Offensive Security is able to offer discounts to people in need but we require a scanned identification (in colour) such as a driver’s license or passport and salary information in order to properly evaluate a request for a discount. Please note that we do not provide discounts to students. For more information, send email to orders[at]offensive-security.com

Do you offer corporate discounts on your courses?

We have the following coporate discounts available for our courses:
* 10 – 19 students: 3% discount
* 20 – 29 students: 5% discount
* 30 or more students: 7% discount

If you wish to take advantage of our corporate discount, all of the courses must be paid for in advance. Each student will then be able to start his/her course at a time of their choosing within 12 months of the purchase. The students will each need to complete the registration process via our website and provide the required information.

Course Payments

Are there any additional fees for international transactions?

We do not charge any additional fees for international transactions. You may incur additional charges applied by your bank or credit card provider. We recommend you to contact them in order to receive additional information. The charge could be made due to an international transaction, as we are a non US company and our merchant account provider is located in Europe.

What is the fee for canceling a credit card charge?

]The fee for canceling credit card transactions is $30.00 USD. Should you wish to receive a refund, the fee will be deducted from the total.

What types of payments do you accept?

We accept payments via credit cards, debit cards, and e-Wallets only.

Do you accept wire transfers?

Unfortunately, we do not accept payments via wire transfers. We accept payments via credit cards, debit cards and e-Wallets only.

Am I able to pay for Offensive Security courses with a GI Bill?

Offensive Security is a non-US company, therefore, our training and certifications are not approved under the GI Bill. Should you wish to learn more about our online course offerings and start your registration process, we invite you to visit the following URL: https://www.offensive-security.com/information-security-training/

Do you accept net term payments?

Offensive Security Limited is a non-US company and does not use a US financial institution to conduct its transactions. We do not use Net terms for payment; payment is completed via an online credit card transaction.

Do you offer installments or payment plans?

Payment for all of our courses must be made in full and cannot be done via installments, payment plans, or other methods

Do you require confirmation of payment if I am not the credit card holder?

In order to accept payment we require a confirmation email directly from the credit card holder, acknowledging that the payment has been authorized. Your registration process will be completed within 24 hours after we receive the confirmation email from the purchaser.

What happens if I am late to make payment for a course?

You will be able to use your original payment link in order to complete the transaction the following week. Online course seats are determined by our system after payment based on the seats that are available for the starting date closest to the one selected in your initial registration request. If you submit the fees before Thursday of the week you should be able to keep your seat, although we cannot guarantee it.

Be advised, if payment is not submitted within the allotted time frame our system will automatically move your course start date one week ahead and send you an email notification. However, if there are available seats for your original start date after you have submitted the fees we will move your seat back to that date.

Do you have a DUNS number?

Offensive Security Limited is a not a US company and does not conduct its business through a US financial institution, therefore we do not have a DUNS number.

Am I able to switch payment methods after the purchase is complete?

In order to switch payment methods we need to do a refund, and this entails cancelling the course and then cancelling the payment through our merchant account.
Please be aware that there is a 30.00 USD fee for transaction cancellations and refunds.
Once the refund is complete on our side we will update your account ans send you a new purchase link for you or your sponsor to use. You will see the funds returned to your bank account within 3 business days.

Offensive Security Courses

General Course Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pause my lab time?

Even when lab time is paused, it still occupies a system in our labs that remains idle. For this reason, only when valid, written justification and supporting documentation is provided, will we consider pausing a lab account. We require students to contact us right away when they feel they need to pause their lab account. Waiting until the lab time is already finished means that not only did the time not get used, it also prevented another student from being able to occupy that position in the labs.

When does my lab time start and how is that lab time measured?

The lab time will begin on your course starting date at the same time that you receive your course materials. The lab time is consecutive and is measured by the number of days you have purchased.

I haven’t used any of my lab time. Can I get free lab time since it was not being used?

Lab time is not refundable whether the lab is accessed or not. Our courses are designed for working people and time management is one of the most important aspects of penetration testing and it is assumed that prospective students have planned their time accordingly to devote to the course. We do understand that urgent matters come up that prevent students from making use of their lab time. In these instances, our policy remains the same as for pausing active lab time, where we require students to contact us right away and provide us with full details and documentation to justify pausing their lab account. Waiting until the lab time is already finished means that not only did the time not get used, it also prevented another student from being able to occupy that position in the labs.

How can I purchase a lab extension?

You can purchase a lab extension using your personal purchase link whenever you wish. However, if you make the purchase after your current lab account ends, you may be assigned to a different lab subnet. All of our labs are identical and the only difference will be the network subnet, therefore, you will not be required to modify your existing reports other than via a find and replace operation. You will be able to schedule your challenge within 90 days from your lab extension ending date. Please use your unique purchase link in order to make your desired purchase. You will receive your lab account details within a few hours after your payment has been submitted.

What languages are your courses available in?”

All of our services and courses are offered in English only.

How are the course start dates determined?”

Your seat in the course will be determined automatically by our system once you submit the course fees. The seat assignment is based on the seats that are available for the starting date closest to the one you requested in your initial registration request. If you are taking our WiFu course, there are no specific starting dates as you will be running all of the exercises on your own hardware. For all other online courses, the course starting date is every Sunday.

What is your academic policy?

Offensive Security has a simple policy regarding cheating. Any students caught cheating on their certification exam will be barred from making future Offensive Security purchases and will have their certification(s) revoked. Students caught providing assistance to others taking the exam such as providing notes, hints, etc. are also subject to the same rule without exception.

How many CPEs can I obtain by taking an Offensive Security course?

Our Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK) and Cracking the Perimeter (CTP) courses qualify students for 40 (ISC)² CPE credits after they submit exercise documentation at the end of the course or pass the certification challenge. Also, our Offensive Security Wireless Attacks (WiFu) course qualifies students for 10 (ISC)² CPE credits after they pass the certification challenge.

What happens when a course gets updated? Do past students need to repurchase the course materials or should I wait until a new course version comes out?

As Offensive Security courses get updated, they go through price revisions. Past Offensive Security Students will always be able to upgrade their course materials with new versions for the difference in the price between their revision, and the new one. For this reason, there is no reason to wait for a new course revision.

How do I register for one of your online courses?

You can view more details regarding our courses and begin the registration process via our website at the following URL:
https://www.offensive-security.com/information-security-training/

How long before I want to take a course should I start the registration process?

We recommend submitting your online registration request 10 to 14 days prior to your desired course start date.

Can I receive my course materials early?

It is not possible to receive the course materials prior to your course start date as our courses have been designed to be worked through in the labs as you progress through the materials.

Is there a minimum age requirement for taking a course with Offensive Security?

The minimum age at which a student can take any of our courses is 16 years old and those who are under the age of 18 will need to provide a confirmation letter from their parent(s) or legal guardian acknowledging that they are aware of the course topics and that they have granted permission to take the course. You will be able to continue with your registration process after we have received this letter.

What are the training fees for the online courses?

You can view the training fees for our online course offerings at the following URLs:

Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK): https://www.offensive-security.com/information-security-training/penetration-testing-with-kali-linux/
Cracking the Perimeter (CTP): https://www.offensive-security.com/information-security-training/cracking-the-perimeter/
Offensive Security Wireless Attack (WiFu): https://www.offensive-security.com/information-security-training/offensive-security-wireless-attacks/

Which course should I take?

All of our courses focus on offensive security, most specifically, the field of penetration testing. Due to the large number of specializations from the information security domain the most suitable course for you depends on what you are interested in.

Our Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK) course focuses on modern techniques used by penetration testers all across the globe, so it would be a great start for you. Cracking the Perimeter (CTP) focuses on exploit development, web application, and WAN attacks, which are also useful for pentesters; however, PWK teaches you the core skills that are required to be a good pentester. CTP also requires advanced knowledge of different offensive techniques, so it is not recommended for beginners. If you feel you possess the required knowledge to take it, feel free to try the following CTP course registration challenge: http://www.fc4.me/

In addition to PWK and CTP, we also have a course entirely devoted to wireless penetration testing, Offensive Security Wireless Attacks (WiFu).

Before registering for a course we advise you to look through each course syllabus and decide which one covers what you are interested in. Each of our courses has a syllabus available online to see what topics are covered. You can view them at the following URLs:

Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/penetration-testing-with-kali.pdf
Cracking the Perimeter (CTP): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/cracking-the-perimiter-syllabus.pdf
Offensive Security Wireless Attacks (WiFu): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/wifu-syllabus.pdf
Advanced Windows Exploitation (AWE): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/advanced-windows-exploitation.pdf
Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation (AWAE): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/awae-syllabus.pdf

Do you offer bulk voucher purchases?

Vouchers for the Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK) course can be purchased in two ways. We can provide you with a unique purchase link via email and you can submit the voucher fee using credit cards or e-Wallets. If the purchase is over 10,000 USD we can provide you with our banking information in order to pay via wire transfer.

Please note that we are a non US company and our merchant account provider is located in Europe. Within 24 hours of payment you will receive the voucher codes and usage instructions for the students.

Where can I find the syllabus for each of the courses provided by Offensive Security?

Each of our courses has a syllabus available online to see what topics are covered. You can view them at the following URLs:

Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/penetration-testing-with-kali.pdf
Cracking the Perimeter (CTP): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/cracking-the-perimiter-syllabus.pdf
Offensive Security Wireless Attacks (WiFu): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/wifu-syllabus.pdf
Advanced Windows Exploitation (AWE): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/advanced-windows-exploitation.pdf
Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation (AWAE): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/awae-syllabus.pdf

Support Frequently Asked Questions

What are your support hours?

The typical administrative hours for the Orders department are 1400 – 2200 GMT and IRC/Jabber are 0800 – 0200 GMT. If you would like to know what time it is currently in GMT you can do so at: http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/ If you would like to know the GMT times converted to your local time you can do so at: http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Can I get my revert counter reset?

You can contact an admin on IRC, Jabber or email help[at]offensive-security.com to obtain more reverts. Please note that the revert counter is reset every day at midnight GMT and virtual machine reverts should be used wisely.

I’m having issues connecting to the VPN. What can I do before contacting support?

First, please ensure that you have Internet connectivity within your Kali Linux virtual machine. For basic network configuration on Kali, you can refer to the Kali documentation site at: http://docs.kali.org

If you do have Internet connectivity and are still unable to connect to the labs, ensure you are not behind any firewalls that are preventing you from establishing an outbound connection to the labs on UDP port 1194.

If you are still experiencing issues with VPN connectivity, please send us the output of the failed VPN connection attempt along with the output of the “ifconfig -a” and “route -n” commands.

I’m having problems with the stability of my Windows 7 machine. How can I help fix this?

In order to help stabilize your connection, please try lowering the MTU on your VPN virtual interface, which you can accomplish by issuing the following command (where tap0 is your VPN interface that is connected to the labs):

ifconfig tap0 mtu 1200

Continue lowering the MTU value in increments of 50 until you find that your rdesktop session is working properly. You can also add the -P and -z flags to your rdesktop command to enable local disk caching and compression respectively.

How can I contact you for support on Jabber?

Our Jabber support account is: offensive-security@jabber.org You will need to configure your instant messaging client with the following settings:

Server: jabber.org
Port: 5223
Use SSL: selected

OR

Server: jabber.org
Port: 5222
Require SSL/TLS: selected

If you do not have a client that supports Jabber, you can find a large list of available clients at the following URL: http://xmpp.org/xmpp-software/clients/ If you also do not have a Jabber account, you can register for one at the following link: https://register.jabber.org/ When adding our support account to your Buddies list, please ensure you provide your OSID with your request.

Offensive Security Wireless Attacks (WiFu)

What are the prerequisites of the Offensive Security Wireless Attacks course?

Offensive Security Wireless Attacks is completed at home by the student, so the prerequisites necessary for this course are different from the other courses provided by Offensive Security. If not already owned, the student will need to purchase a dedicated wireless Access Point and a wireless card that supports traffic injection. More information can be found in the respective course description and course documentation.

What happens once I pay?

Once payment is made and verified, within three business days you will receive an email containing a download link to the training videos. You will be able to watch the videos in the comfort of your home, and discuss the classes and exercises with other students, using Internet Relay Chat and private messaging.

How long is the course?

The Offensive Security Wireless Attacks course videos are 2 and 1/2 hours long. Our students report an average of 20 hours of lab exercises.

Why should I opt for the OSWP certification?

Once obtained, the OSWP certification provides testament of your Wireless Penetration Testing skills in a real life environment.

What is the recommended hardware?

The only hardware that we have tested and verified as working for the course are those that are listed on the course page at the following link: https://www.offensive-security.com/information-security-training/offensive-security-wireless-attacks/

Most major routers should be compatible with the course but we cannot guarantee it.

Pentesting with Kali (PWK)

What are the prerequisites for Penetration Testing with Kali Linux?

Penetration Testing with Kali Linux is a foundational course, but still requires students to have certain knowledge prior to attending the online class. A solid understanding of TCP/IP, networking, and reasonable Linux skills are required. Familiarity with Bash scripting along with basic Perl or Python is considered a plus.

Can I pause my lab time?

Even when lab time is paused, it still occupies a system in our labs that remains idle. For this reason, only when valid, written justification and supporting documentation is provided, will we consider pausing a lab account. We require students to contact us right away when they feel they need to pause their lab account. Waiting until the lab time is already finished means that not only did the time not get used, it also prevented another student from being able to occupy that position in the labs.

When does my lab time start and how is that lab time measured?

The lab time will begin on your course starting date at the same time that you receive your course materials. The lab time is consecutive and is measured by the number of days you have purchased.

I haven’t used any of my lab time. Can I get free lab time since it was not being used?

Lab time is not refundable whether the lab is accessed or not. Our courses are designed for working people and time management is one of the most important aspects of penetration testing and it is assumed that prospective students have planned their time accordingly to devote to the course. We do understand that urgent matters come up that prevent students from making use of their lab time. In these instances, our policy remains the same as for pausing active lab time, where we require students to contact us right away and provide us with full details and documentation to justify pausing their lab account. Waiting until the lab time is already finished means that not only did the time not get used, it also prevented another student from being able to occupy that position in the labs.

How can I purchase a lab extension?

You can purchase a lab extension using your personal purchase link whenever you wish. However, if you make the purchase after your current lab account ends, you may be assigned to a different lab subnet. All of our labs are identical and the only difference will be the network subnet, therefore, you will not be required to modify your existing reports other than via a find and replace operation. You will be able to schedule your challenge within 90 days from your lab extension ending date. Please use your unique purchase link in order to make your desired purchase. You will receive your lab account details within a few hours after your payment has been submitted.

What languages are your courses available in?”

All of our services and courses are offered in English only.

How are the course start dates determined?”

Your seat in the course will be determined automatically by our system once you submit the course fees. The seat assignment is based on the seats that are available for the starting date closest to the one you requested in your initial registration request. If you are taking our WiFu course, there are no specific starting dates as you will be running all of the exercises on your own hardware. For all other online courses, the course starting date is every Sunday.

What is your academic policy?

Offensive Security has a simple policy regarding cheating. Any students caught cheating on their certification exam will be barred from making future Offensive Security purchases and will have their certification(s) revoked. Students caught providing assistance to others taking the exam such as providing notes, hints, etc. are also subject to the same rule without exception.

How many CPEs can I obtain by taking an Offensive Security course?

Our Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK) and Cracking the Perimeter (CTP) courses qualify students for 40 (ISC)² CPE credits after they submit exercise documentation at the end of the course or pass the certification challenge. Also, our Offensive Security Wireless Attacks (WiFu) course qualifies students for 10 (ISC)² CPE credits after they pass the certification challenge.

What happens when a course gets updated? Do past students need to repurchase the course materials or should I wait until a new course version comes out?

As Offensive Security courses get updated, they go through price revisions. Past Offensive Security Students will always be able to upgrade their course materials with new versions for the difference in the price between their revision, and the new one. For this reason, there is no reason to wait for a new course revision.

How do I register for one of your online courses?

You can view more details regarding our courses and begin the registration process via our website at the following URL:
https://www.offensive-security.com/information-security-training/

How long before I want to take a course should I start the registration process?

We recommend submitting your online registration request 10 to 14 days prior to your desired course start date.

Can I receive my course materials early?

It is not possible to receive the course materials prior to your course start date as our courses have been designed to be worked through in the labs as you progress through the materials.

Is there a minimum age requirement for taking a course with Offensive Security?

The minimum age at which a student can take any of our courses is 16 years old and those who are under the age of 18 will need to provide a confirmation letter from their parent(s) or legal guardian acknowledging that they are aware of the course topics and that they have granted permission to take the course. You will be able to continue with your registration process after we have received this letter.

What are the training fees for the online courses?

You can view the training fees for our online course offerings at the following URLs:

Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK): https://www.offensive-security.com/information-security-training/penetration-testing-with-kali-linux/
Cracking the Perimeter (CTP): https://www.offensive-security.com/information-security-training/cracking-the-perimeter/
Offensive Security Wireless Attack (WiFu): https://www.offensive-security.com/information-security-training/offensive-security-wireless-attacks/

Which course should I take?

All of our courses focus on offensive security, most specifically, the field of penetration testing. Due to the large number of specializations from the information security domain the most suitable course for you depends on what you are interested in.

Our Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK) course focuses on modern techniques used by penetration testers all across the globe, so it would be a great start for you. Cracking the Perimeter (CTP) focuses on exploit development, web application, and WAN attacks, which are also useful for pentesters; however, PWK teaches you the core skills that are required to be a good pentester. CTP also requires advanced knowledge of different offensive techniques, so it is not recommended for beginners. If you feel you possess the required knowledge to take it, feel free to try the following CTP course registration challenge: http://www.fc4.me/

In addition to PWK and CTP, we also have a course entirely devoted to wireless penetration testing, Offensive Security Wireless Attacks (WiFu).

Before registering for a course we advise you to look through each course syllabus and decide which one covers what you are interested in. Each of our courses has a syllabus available online to see what topics are covered. You can view them at the following URLs:

Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/penetration-testing-with-kali.pdf
Cracking the Perimeter (CTP): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/cracking-the-perimiter-syllabus.pdf
Offensive Security Wireless Attacks (WiFu): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/wifu-syllabus.pdf
Advanced Windows Exploitation (AWE): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/advanced-windows-exploitation.pdf
Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation (AWAE): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/awae-syllabus.pdf

Do you offer bulk voucher purchases?

Vouchers for the Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK) course can be purchased in two ways. We can provide you with a unique purchase link via email and you can submit the voucher fee using credit cards or e-Wallets. If the purchase is over 10,000 USD we can provide you with our banking information in order to pay via wire transfer.

Please note that we are a non US company and our merchant account provider is located in Europe. Within 24 hours of payment you will receive the voucher codes and usage instructions for the students.

Where can I find the syllabus for each of the courses provided by Offensive Security?

Each of our courses has a syllabus available online to see what topics are covered. You can view them at the following URLs:

Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/penetration-testing-with-kali.pdf
Cracking the Perimeter (CTP): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/cracking-the-perimiter-syllabus.pdf
Offensive Security Wireless Attacks (WiFu): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/wifu-syllabus.pdf
Advanced Windows Exploitation (AWE): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/advanced-windows-exploitation.pdf
Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation (AWAE): https://www.offensive-security.com/documentation/awae-syllabus.pdf