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Candidates who wish to have equivalent status granted will be required to submit evidence of their OSCP exam pass, including their Security Certificate Holder Student ID, to CREST for validation.
To apply, please email [email protected].
CRT equivalency will be granted where the candidate has taken and passed the OSCP certification within three (3) years* of the date that they apply to CREST for recognition and provided that they also hold a valid pass in the CREST Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA) qualification. The CPSA qualification may not have been attained under any other equivalency programme. CRT equivalency will be granted from the date that the CPSA qualification was issued.
Eligible candidates who submit an application for equivalency will be required to sign our Code of Conduct for Qualified Individuals. As part of this Code of Conduct, candidates will be required to attest that they are familiar and will comply with the local legal and regulatory requirements for delivering assessments in region.
The time from initial application to CRT equivalency being granted is expected to be five (5) weeks.
Candidates who have been awarded OSCP status more than three (3) years ago will not be eligible for CRT equivalency but please read the re-certifying and extensions provision below. Candidates that have passed a CREST certification historically will not be eligible to renew their CREST certification through the OSCP route. These candidates will be required to take their CRT reassessment examinations directly with us.
Candidates will be required to pay a £100 administration fee (or 150USD / 185AUD / 185SGD) which will cover the processing of their application. If this the administration fee is not paid within 30 days, the application will be declined and a new application will need to be submitted.
Retaining the CRT Qualification
To retain the CRT qualification, candidates will be required to take the CPSA along with either the OSCP or CREST CRT exams on a three-year cycle. CRT equivalency renewal will be granted from the date that the CPSA qualification was issued.
Re-Certifying with OSCP
Offensive Security’s certifications such as the OSCP do not expire: once a candidate earns them, they are valid indefinitely. However, as we require individuals who apply for a CRT equivalency to have taken and passed the OSCP certification within three (3) years of the date that they apply to us for recognition, Offensive Security offer a program whereby OSCP-certified individuals can re-take the OSCP exam for the price of a standard exam re-take – $150 USD. This way, the OSCP can be re-issued within the time period required by the CRT equivalency program.
To take part in this program, if a candidate has earned OSCP three or more years ago, they should contact [email protected] with their OSID and make the request to re-take the OSCP exam in support of CREST equivalency; they will then provide the necessary instructions.