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Examinations in the UK

The following examinations are available in the UK.

Penetration Testing Examinations:

CREST Practitioner Security Analyst
CREST Registered Security Analyst
CREST Registered Penetration Tester
CREST Certified Web Applications Tester
CREST Certified Infrastructure Tester

 

Simulated Target Attack and Response (STAR) Examinations:

CREST Certified Simulated Attack Manager
CREST Certified Simulated Attack Specialist
CREST Practitioner Threat Intelligence Analyst
CREST Registered Threat Intelligence Analyst
CREST Certified Threat Intelligence Manager

 

Incident Response Examinations:

CREST Practitioner Intrusion Analyst
CREST Registered Intrusion Analyst
CREST Certified Network Intrusion Analyst
CREST Certified Host Intrusion Analyst
CREST Certified Incident Manager

Booking and examination dates in the UK

CREST examinations that are delivered at the UK are held throughout the year. For details of upcoming examination dates in the UK, please click here.  Alternatively, you can also email [email protected].

To book your place for an examination held at a UK centre, simply complete the booking form from the link below and email it, along with payment details, to [email protected].  Once your payment has been received, your examination date will be confirmed by email.

Pearson Vue
CREST Examinations that are delivered at Pearson Vue centres can be paid for by credit card directly with Pearson Vue at the time of booking.

Alternatively if preferred, CREST Members can purchase Vouchers directly from CREST to cover the cost of examinations delivered at Pearson Vue Centres.  Please email [email protected] for this service.

Please note that Vouchers of 10 or more can also now be purchased from Pearson Vue to cover the cost of CREST examinations delivered via their centres.  The webpage is http://vue.com/vouchers/pricelist/crest.asp. This page can also be accessed via the CREST landing page at www.pearsonvue.com/crest, by selecting ‘Purchase test vouchers’ in the ‘Related Links’ section on the right or in the Vouchers Store at https://www.pearsonvue.co.uk/For-test-centers/Voucher-store/pricelist.aspx .

Useful Information
You can download the following information from the links below:

Booking Form for Examinations in UK (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (opens in new window)

Sample Electronic Candidate Worksheet  (for testing form-fillable functionality)

Terms and Conditions – includes hard disk drive wiping policy (opens in new window)

Logistics and Timings for Examinations in the UK (opens in new window)

Special Arrangements for Candidates (opens in new window)

You can read the CREST Privacy Policy on our website regarding personal data we hold.

Group Bookings
For the registered tester examination, CREST can accommodate group bookings for groups of consultants from the same company. For details please contact CREST at [email protected].

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
In the face of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please be assured that our primary concern is the health and wellbeing of our candidates and employees and we are fully committed to making your exam environment as safe as possible.  Please note that should a case be confirmed within a UK examination location, the building may be forced to close temporarily for a full decontamination. If this is the case, all candidates will be informed by the Examinations Team at the earliest notice possible.

Fees

The fee for examinations, or examination elements, delivered by Pearson Vue are paid directly to Pearson Vue at the time of booking; the fee for the practical element of the exam is paid to CREST on invoice.  The fees shown below are the total sums payable for the complete examination.  Please refer to the UK Examination Booking Form for a breakdown of the fees for examinations that have the written and practical elements separated.

The CREST Practitioner Security Analyst examination costs £275 + VAT/tax

The CREST Registered Security Analyst examination costs £395 + VAT/tax

The CREST Registered Penetration Tester examination costs £395 + VAT/tax

The CREST Certified Infrastructure Tester examination costs £1625 + VAT/tax

The CREST Certified Web Applications Tester examination costs £1625 + VAT/tax

The CREST Certified Simulated Attack Manager examination costs £1600 + VAT/tax

The CREST Certified Simulated Attack Specialist examination costs £1625 + VAT/tax

The CREST Practitioner Threat Intelligence Analyst examination costs £275 + VAT/tax

The CREST Registered Threat Intelligence Analyst examination costs £395 + VAT/tax

The CREST Certified Threat Intelligence Manager examination costs £1600 + VAT/tax

The CREST Practitioner Intrusion Analyst examination costs £275 + VAT/tax

The CREST Registered Intrusion Analyst examination costs £395 + VAT/tax

The CREST Certified Network Intrusion Analyst examination costs £1600 + VAT/tax

The CREST Certified Host Intrusion Analyst examination costs £1600 + VAT/tax

The CREST Certified Incident Manager examination costs £1600 + VAT/tax

CREST and CHECK

The UK National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, the NCSC, is part of GCHQ and traditionally provided IT health check services to identify vulnerabilities in IT systems and networks which may compromise the confidentiality, integrity or availability of information held on that IT system for HM Government in the UK and the wider public sector of systems handling protectively marked information.  The IT Health Check Service (CHECK) was devised to supplement information assurance services provided by the NCSC and demand for these services has grown.

In line with similar NCSC initiatives, a special partnership with industry was deemed the most appropriate way of meeting this demand.  The IT Health Check Service, or CHECK, was developed to enhance the availability and quality of the IT health check services that are provided to Government in line with UK Government policy.  Companies belonging to CHECK are measured against high standards set by the NCSC.

The emergence of the CREST Scheme, company membership and professional qualifications, has allowed consideration of different ways of operating the scheme and presents an opportunity for CHECK to focus on that for which it was established:  the provision of appropriately skilled staff to conduct IT Health Checks for Government.

The NCSC and CREST work in collaboration and CREST provides a set of examinations that are acceptable to industry and meet the requirements of private and public sectors.  The NCSC requires all existing and future CHECK Team Leaders and Members to have passed an approved professional examination designed to test for a basic grounding in the discipline.

The NCSC will accept a pass from one of the following examinations when approving CHECK Team Leader and Team Member status.

CHECK Qualification CREST Qualification
CHECK Team Leader (Infrastructure) CREST Infrastructure Certification Examination
CHECK Team Leader (Web applications) CREST Certified Web Application Tester
CHECK Team Member CREST Registered Tester Examination

A pass in any one of these examinations merely demonstrates technical competence but does not replace the other requirements necessary to attain CHECK Team Leader/Member status.

In line with the CHECK process, any candidate failing an examination must wait for three months before re-sitting it.

More information on the CHECK scheme can be found at www.ncsc.gov.uk