Learn Fundamental and Advanced Skills in Penetration Testing
Merit Professional Development and the Michigan Cyber Range are pleased to present Certified Penetration Testing Engineer – C)PTE. In this course, you will obtain real-world security knowledge that will enable you to recognize vulnerabilities, exploit system weaknesses and help safeguard against threats. You will learn the art of ethical hacking with a professional edge.
C)PTE’s foundation is built firmly upon proven penetration testing methodologies. The course presents information based on the five Key Elements of Pen Testing: Information Gathering, Scanning, Enumeration, Exploitation and Reporting. The latest vulnerabilities will be discovered using these tried and true techniques.
Cyber Range training goes far beyond simply teaching you to “Hack”. Be prepared to learn penetration testing using advanced persistent threat techniques along with the highest-level ethical hacking methodologies. This course also enhances the business skills needed to identify protection opportunities, justify testing activities and optimize security controls appropriate to business needs in order to reduce business risk.
The course was developed around principles and behaviors used by malicious hackers. The course is taught with this in mind while keeping the focus on professional penetration testing and ensuring the security of information assets.
Who Should Attend? Network Administrators, Security professionals, Auditors, Site Administrators, Security Officers or anyone who is concerned about the integrity of their network including the design of a communications system, which includes the backbones, routers, switches, wireless access points, access methods and protocols used.
This is an intensive class that includes an updated 300-page lab guide. You may spend 20 hours or more performing labs that walk through a real-world pen testing model. Labs begin with simple activities and move on to more complex procedures. Labs will lead you through a detailed lab guide containing screen shots, commands to be typed, and steps should take. You will make use of scores of traditional and cutting-edge pen testing tools (GUI and command line, Windows and Linux) as you make your way through this time-tested methodology. Labs are continually updated as new methods arise in the security world. View the detailed course and lab outlines (PDF).


Some of the course exercises are based on Windows, while others focus on Linux. VMware Player or VMware Workstation is required for the class.

Mandatory Laptop Hardware Requirements

  • x86- or x64-compatible 1.5 GHz CPU Minimum or higher
  • DVD Drive (not a CD drive)
  • 2 GigaByte RAM minimum with 4 GB or higher recommended
  • Ethernet adapter (A wired connection is required in class. If your laptop supports only wireless, please make sure to bring an Ethernet adapter with you.)
  • 5 GigaByte available hard drive space
  • Windows XP SP3, Vista, or Win7 – IE 7 or above, Firefox 18 installed

If you have additional questions about the laptop specifications, please contact cyberrange@merit.edu

The training curriculum for this course is developed and provided by Mile2, a developer and provider of vendor neutral professional certifications for the cyber security industry.

The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) has recognized that Mile2’s certification courseware meets all the elements of the CNSS National Training Standards.

Michigan Cyber Range logoThis course is presented through the facilities of the Michigan Cyber Range, and all exercises will be conducted within the Cyber Range infrastructure. Hosted by Merit Network, the Michigan Cyber Range enables individuals and organizations to develop detection and reaction skills through simulations and exercises. The program offers students and IT professionals a full curriculum of meetings and workshops as well as critical cybersecurity training and awareness tools. More information on the Michigan Cyber Range can be found at: www.merit.edu/cyberrange/



Certification Exam
Upon proper completion of the course, you will be able to confidently sit for the CPTE certification exam on the final day of the course. Exams are delivered online through a standard web browser. Students will enjoy an in-depth course that is continuously updated to maintain and incorporate changes in the security environment. This course offers up-to-date proprietary labs that have been researched and developed by leading security professionals from around the world. A CPTE Certification will be issued after successfully passing the exam.

Certification Requirements
1 proctored exam
Minimum Passing Score of 70%
Certification Exam Format: Multiple Choice



Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) logo The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) has recognized that Mile2’s certification courseware meets all the elements of the CNSS National Training Standards.



Registration TypePrice
Merit Member Registration$2250.00
Cyber Range Sponsor Registration$1500.00
Great Plains Network, KINBER, NCREN, NYSERNet, or WiscNet registration$2700.00
Non-Member Employees of State Governments$2700.00
Non-Member Registration$3000.00
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Monday, Apr 10, 2017 - Friday, Apr 14, 2017
8:30 am - 5:00 pm EDT each day
Merit Network
1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
REGISTER: Apr 10, 2017 - Apr 14, 2017