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Offensive Security Certification Guide


Offensive Security is one of the most recognized certification provider specialized in pentesting, web application and exploit development. They are most renown for the Kali Linux operating system, the best Linux distribution for pentesting and cybersecurity and Metasploit, a penetration testing tool.

Offensive Security provides certifications divided in 3 categories:

Their most popular certification is OSCP which stands for Offensive Security Certified Professional. This is a must-have to start your journey as a pentester.

Before we start enumerating the certifications, let’s talk a little bit about how the course designation system works.

Level codes
Multiple OSWindowsmacOSLinux
OS codes

Penetration Testing

There are currently 3 penetration testing certification, PEN-200, PEN-210 and PEN-300.

PEN-200 – Penetration Testing with Kali Linux

Students taking this course will learn the latest tools and techniques to succeed as a pentester. They’ll have the possibility to practice in a virtual lab and later obtain the notorious Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification.

PEN-210 – Offensive Security Wireless Attacks

This course aims to help students acquire the skills needed to engage in wireless pentesting.

Successful completion of the exam is rewarded with the Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP) certification.

PEN-300 – Evasion Techniques and Breaching Defenses

This is the final boss to your Offensive Security Experienced Penetration Tester (OSEP) certification. This course contains everything you need to take it to the next level. You will learn advanced pentesting techniques.

Web Application

WEB-300 – Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation

This is a course designed to teach you all the skills you need in order to do successful pentesting of web applications. From advanced SQL injections to XSS attacks, you’ll discover a wide range of techniques.

Upon completion of the exam you’ll receive the Offensive Security Web Expert (OSWE) certification.

Exploit Development

EXP-301 – Windows User Mode Exploit Development

Ever dreamed of being one of these guys making their own exploits from scratch? Well this course is the perfect place to start and who knows, you may complete the course, pass the exam and earn the Offensive Security Exploit Developer (OSED) certification.

EXP-310 – MACOS Control Bypass

This course is designed to teach you how to bypass macOS defenses and escalate privileges to the top! Your hard work will be rewarded by the Offensive Security macOS Researcher (OSMR) certification. It sounds pretty fancy to be honest!

EXP-401 – Advanced Windows Exploitation

If you’re going to take that course, you probably already know what it’s talking about. This is the most advanced course provided by Offensive Security. You’ll learn advanced techniques such as DEP and ASLR evasion, and much more!

After completing the course and nailing that exam, you’ll be certified with the Offensive Security Exploitation Expert (OSEE) certification and you probably won’t struggle to find a job anymore.


In this article I presented all the courses provided by Offensive Security (OffSec) and their associated certification. If you’re new to cybersecurity, you’ll hear a lot about OSCP which is currently one of the most sought-after on the market. Whether you do it for the certification or for the knowledge, the different courses that you can buy from them will bring you complete satisfaction, are 100% worth the money, and will be a huge perk for your next interview!

Useful link:

OffSec’s official website

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