Licensed Penetration Tester

Licensed Penetration Tester

What is Penetration Testing?

Penetration Testing is a process of exploiting known vulnerabilities in a network. Most if not all government agencies around the globe test their network perimeter defense mechanisms continuously to ensure safe cyber boundaries. Cyber attacks did exist a decade ago but they did not create financial mayhem or threatened a nation’s economy to the level in which it is being seen today. Today, as organizations are increasingly becoming networked, information is being exchanged electronically at the speed of thought. Routine tasks rely on computing power for accessing, providing, and storing information. Today an organization’s lackadaisical information security posture may have a negative effect on its profitability or even it’s existence.

The Cyber attack menace has cost billions of dollars to establishments around the globe. Information Security training was seldom seen as the main agenda in boardroom meetings or at a budget proposal stage in organizations. Organizations across the globe have started investing heavily in IT Security Training to ensure that the network security loopholes are fixed and risks of cyber attacks are mitigated.

LPT, the next certification step after CEH and ECSA

EC-Council’s Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) is a natural evolution and extended value addition to its series of security related professional certifications. The LPT standardizes the knowledge base for penetration testing professionals by incorporating best practices followed by experienced experts in the field.

The objective of the LPT is to ensure that each professional licensed by EC-Council follows a strict code of ethics, is exposed to the best practices in the domain of penetration testing and aware of all the compliance requirements required by the industry.

The objective of Certified Security Analyst “pen testing” certification is to add value to experienced Information Security professionals.

Unlike a normal security certification, the LPT is a program which trains security professionals to analyze the security posture of a network exhaustively and recommend corrective measures authoritatively. For many years EC-Council has been certifying IT Security Professionals around the globe to ensure these professionals are proficient in network security defense mechanisms. EC-Council’s license vouches for their professionalism and expertise thereby making these professionals more sought after by organizations and consulting firms globally.

Certification Fees

The LPT certification license fee is USD500. For subsequent renewals, you will need to pay USD250 per annual renewal. You can pay via our Orders Page.

Exam Information

The LPT certification license fee is USD500. For subsequent renewals, you will need to pay USD250 per annual renewal. You can pay via our Orders Page.

  • Achieve the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Certification. (Attach a copy of your CEH certificate and score transcript with application)
  • Achieve the EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) certification. (Attach a copy of your ECSA/LPT and score transcript certificate with application)
  • Applicants must have a valid EC-Council Continuing Education (ECE) account and ensure that their EC-Council certifications are current and in good standing. To access the ECE Portal, please click here.
  • Fill up and submit the LPT Application/Recommendation form and agree to EC-Council Code of Ethics.
  • Remit the required license fee payment of USD500. The License is valid for two years. For subsequent renewals, you will need to pay USD250 per annual renewal. You can pay via our Orders Page.
  • Provide documentation on criminal background check, or an authentication from an investigation agency absolving a criminal history. Click here for police verification in your country.
  • Alternatively, candidates may sign a Declaration of No Criminal Convictions should they not be able to provide the required documentation as stated in Criteria 5 above. Kindly write in to for the declaration.
  • Submit a detailed resume/C.V. detailing professional experience, previous certification /certificates held and character referees
  • Please note that processing time will take between 2-4 weeks after all requirements above are submitted by the applicant.

Exam Information

The ECSA certification is awarded to candidates who successfully pass the exam 412-79. This certification is also a pre-requisite to EC-Council’s Licensed Penetration Tester Program.


Clause: Age Requirements and Policies Concerning Minors

The age requirement for attending the training or attempting the exam is restricted to any candidate that is at least 18 years old.

If the candidate is under the age of 18, they are not eligible to attend the official training or eligible to attempt the certification exam unless they provide the accredited training center/EC-Council a written consent of their parent/legal guardian and a supporting letter from their institution of higher learning. Only applicants from nationally accredited institution of higher learning shall be considered.

Disclaimer: EC-Council reserves the right to impose additional restriction to comply with the policy. Failure to act in accordance with this clause shall render the authorized training center in violation of their agreement with EC-Council. EC-Council reserves the right to revoke the certification of any person in breach of this requirement.