Certification Programmes

MCSI Certification

MCPT - Certified Cloud Penetration Tester

The cloud offers many technologies that penetration testers must familiarize themselves with. Organizations worldwide are at risk of misusing these technologies and thus becoming vulnerable.

This Certification Programmes equip you with the knowledge and tools required to test core cloud services. Upon completion, you will be ready to deliver professional engagements against AWS, GCP and Azure.

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Intermediate Level MCSI Certification Beginner
ic-certificate Certification
ic-clock 400+ hours
cpe-points 131
ic-money US$450
No Expiry, No Renewals


MCSI Certifications are world-class. The content is cutting-edge, uniquely-designed, hands-on and challenging. Our exercises teach in-demand skills that are immediately applicable in the field. MCSI's unique approach helps students around the world advance their careers.

This Certification has no expiry date. It has no renewal fees, no hidden fees, and is accessible with no time limits.

MCSI Certified Cloud Penetration Tester:

  • Identify vulnerabilities in cloud services such as Cloud Formation, RDS instances, Azure AD, buckets, and lambda
  • Discover and enumerate vulnerable users and service accounts
  • Deliver post-exploitation attacks against AWS, Azure and GCP
  • Attack serverless applications and APIs


Training Modules

  • Quickstarter - 15 exercises
  • AWS Foundations - 6 exercises
  • AWS Penetration Testing Fundamentals - 7 exercises
  • PACU - AWS Exploitation Framework - 18 exercises
  • Attacking Lambda Functions - 5 exercises
  • Attacking RDS Instances - 4 exercises
  • Attacking Cloud Formations - 9 exercises
  • Scout Suite - 2 exercises
  • Advanced AWS Penetration Testing - 11 exercises
  • Azure Foundations - 9 exercises
  • Introduction to Azure Penetration Testing - 3 exercises
  • Bypassing Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) - 4 exercises
  • Azure Reconnaissance - 8 exercises
  • Attacking Azure Storage - 3 exercises
  • Attacking Virtual Machine in Azure - 3 exercises
  • Azure Networks - 6 exercises
  • Azure Key Vault Enumeration - 2 exercises
  • Attacking Azure Services - 6 exercises
  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Foundations - 4 exercises
  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Security Testing - 12 exercises


  • Project Work - 9 exercises

Sample Exercises

Below are three (3) exercises from the 100+ exercises available in MCPT - Certified Cloud Penetration Tester:

Create An S3 Bucket With The Same Name And Region As An Unclaimed S3 Bucket To Upload Malicious Files (Novice)


Use AWS CLI To Bypass Amazon GuardDuty Detections By Listing And Disabling Detectors (Novice)


Write A PowerShell Script To Collect Secrets Of Keys Stored In Azure Key Vault (Advanced Beginner)


Enrolment and Fees


US$450 (+ GST if you're based in Australia).

Practical exercises must be completed online using MCSI's Online Learning Platform.

Cloud Services Fees

You must register free accounts with AWS, GCP and Azure to complete this training. MCSI does not provide pre-made cloud environments. The free accounts provide sufficient resources to complete all the exercises.

In the event that you do consume all the free resources, then, so long as you consistently turn-off resources after your tasks, you should incur less than $10 - $40 USD in cloud fees (per month, for the duration of the course).

For more information, read the billing pages of AWS, GCP and Azure.

How to enrol

  1. Login/Register for MCSI's Online Learning Platform
  2. Select `Shop` from the left-side menu
  3. Find the MCPT - Certified Cloud Penetration Tester, select `Buy` and proceed through the checkout process. You can purchase using a Credit Card or PayPal
  4. Once you have enrolled in the MCPT - Certified Cloud Penetration Tester, the curriculum unlocks immediately
  5. In the left-side menu of the platform, select `Training & Education` then `MCSI Curriculums`, and you will see the MCPT - Certified Cloud Penetration Tester listed
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Terms and Conditions

  • No discounts
  • No refunds
  • No transfers
  • No renewal fees
  • No hidden fees
  • No time limits

Cooling-Off Policy

Receive a full refund if you change your mind about a purchase within 24 hours. No questions asked.

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Training Laptop Requirement

This course can be completed on a standard training laptop. Below are some specifications that guarantee you can complete this course with your machine:

  • 64-bit Intel i5/i7 2.0+ GHz processor or equivalent
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Ability to run at least (1) virtual machine using Virtual Box, or an equivalent virtualization software
  • Windows 10 or later, macOS 10 or later, or Linux
  • Local administrator privileges
Do you support older operating systems?

Yes. Many of the exercises can be completed on older OS versions. Several of our students are successfully using older equipment to learn cyber security.

Proficiency in the English language

Ability to comfortably read and understand IT documentation written in English. Ideally, an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent).

Note: You can register for this course without having undertaken an English test.

Professional Experience

At least two (2) years of experience working as a penetration tester delivering application and infrastructure assessments.

Cloud Skills

If you are new to the cloud then we strongly recommend that you complete our MCSF certification first.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MCSI Method™?

Common Questions

  • Are solutions included in certifications and bundles?
    • No. Our method of teaching cyber security consists of challenging you with real-world problem statements that you're expected to research and solve by doing your own research. This is how you'll be expected to work in the field. When you fail an exercise, we provide you with constructive feedback to improve and try again.
  • Do the videos provides the answers to exercises?
    • No. The videos teach concepts, mindset, methodologies, procedures and professional skills such as report writing, interviewing and preparing proposals.
  • Do bundles, training content, or certificates ever expire? Am I expected to buy again in the future?
    • Once purchased, bundles and certificates are unlocked forever. They are no recurring or ongoing fees.
  • Do I need to buy the training and the certification separately?
    • No. The price provided covers both. You only pay once.
  • Do you offer any special offers and discounts?
    • No.
  • If I can't solve the exercise where do I go for help?
  • Who reviews and marks exercises?
    • Trained cyber security instructors that work for Mossé Cyber Security Institute.
  • We can't pay via credit card. Can you raise an invoice for international wire payment instead?
    • Yes. Send us the list of bundles and certifications you want to purchase at [email protected]
  • Can I access a trial/demo the certification programmes prior to enrolling?
    • We provide a free curriculum with 82 practical exercises you can try.
    • The Free Curriculum teaches Security Tools, Penetration Testing, Red Teaming, Threat Hunting, Cyber Defence, GRC and Windows Internals.
    • Try the Free Curriculum
  • What is an `Unofficial Curriculum`?
    • An `Unofficial Curriculum` contains MCSI's practical exercises aligned to a non-MCSI Industry Certification syllabus.
    • We offer unofficial curriculums for the OSCP, ISACA CISA, ISACA CISM, ISACA CRISC, CCT ICE, CCSAS, CCT ACE.
  • Do you provide Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits?
    • Yes. Every single exercise offers CPE credits. The number of credits earned depends on the difficulty of the exercise completed. Below are the CPE Credits achieve for an exercise in each difficulty:
    • Novice exercises = 1 CPE credits
    • Advanced Beginner exercises = 2 CPE credits
    • Competent exercises = 5 CPE credits
    • Proficient exercises= 8 CPE credits
    • Beyond Proficient exercises = 16 CPE credits
  • Are MCSI courses/certifications recognized and have value outside of Australia?
    • Yes. MCSI certifications have value worldwide and are recognized by employers looking for individuals with practical cyber security skills.
    • MCSI's training is 100% practical with real cybersecurity problems designed to teach immediately applicable skills in the field. To solve our practical exercises, students must do their own research and develop their own solutions.
    • While completing exercises, students also develop their own comprehensive cybersecurity portfolio of skills. Individuals use this portfolio to demonstrate their cybersecurity competencies to solve real industry problems to future employers or hiring managers.
  • Do I need to complete an exam to receive MCSI Certification?
    • No. MCSI Certifications are completed by solving practical cybersecurity exercises.

Career Outcomes

This certification successfully prepares you for the following roles:

  • Senior Penetration Tester
  • Vulnerability Assessment Analyst
Certification Detail

Training Curriculum and Certifications

Students unlock Certificates of Completion for every exercise they complete. Industry Certifications are unlocked upon achieving Skills Proficiency Milestones.




Obtain CPE points by solving exercises


Achieve multiple certifications


Receive help from instructors online

MCSI's MCPT certification covers all six levels of the Australian Signals Directorate's Cyber Skills Framework. You will achieve a certificate upon reaching each level. You will earn an industry certification at Level 5. Click here to learn more.

ASD Skills Proficiency Level Curriculum Completion Requirement Scenarios Completion Requirement
MCSI Cloud Penetration Tester Learner Level 1 0% 0%
MCSI Novice Cloud Penetration Tester Level 2 20% 0%
MCSI Cloud Penetration Tester Level 3 50% 25%
MCSI Senior Cloud Penetration Tester Level 4 70% 50%
MCSI Certified Principal Cloud Penetration Tester Level 5 80% 100%
MCSI Certified Expert Cloud Penetration Tester Level 6 95% 100%

As an MCSI Certified Cloud Penetration Tester you will be fully capable of performing the following:

  • Attack AWS
    • S3 Buckets
    • Route 53
    • Lambda
    • IAM Accounts and Groups
    • RDS Instances
    • Cloud Formations
    • CloudTrail
    • GuardDuty
  • Attack Azure
    • Storage
    • Multi-Factor Authentication
    • Subscript Information
    • IAM Accounts and Groups
    • Resource Manager
    • Profile Tokens
    • Certificates
    • ExpressRoute
    • Key Vault
  • Attack GCP
    • Storage
    • Instances
    • IAM Accounts and Groups
    • Service Accounts
    • Databases
    • Keys

Why MCSI’s Cloud Penetration Testing Certification is World Class

why MCSI certifications

Comprehensive, Effective, Exceeds Standards

Holders of the MCPT Certification have completed 100 practical online exercises thus demonstrating that they have the skills and knowledge required to deliver cloud penetration tests. Students take an average of 6 months to complete these exercises.

why MCSI certifications

Full Platform Coverage

Students who have obtained this Certification have demonstrated that they can test cloud services hosted in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Computing Services (GCP). This includes services such as buckets, Cloud Formations, CloudTrail, and ExpressRoute.

why MCSI certifications

Process and Outcome Focused

This Certification teaches a formal process that delivers tangible and measurable outcomes in the field. Tools and techniques are augmented with structured ways of working that include planning, reporting, briefing, and developing reusable procedures, guidelines, and playbooks.

MCSI students have submitted over 13,000 practical online exercises since December 2018.

Information Security Professionals made a median salary of $103,590 in 2020. Cybersecurity roles are regularly ranked #1 jobs in the United States.

Invest $450, and in 5 weeks, you will be ready to apply for jobs with a salary of $75,000 to $150,000 per year.
Why spend between $10,000 to $45,000 on tuition to only get theoretical courses and wait for 2 to 4 years for piece of paper?
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