Certification Programmes

MCSI Certification

MPT - Certified Penetration Tester

An MCSI qualified professional penetration tester is capable of delivering web application and infrastructure penetration tests.

Students who hold the MPT Certification from MCSI can apply for Penetration Testing jobs worldwide with the confidence that they have the competencies that the industry is seeking.

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Intermediate Level MCSI Certification Intermediate
ic-certificate Certification
ic-clock 600+ hours
cpe-points 261
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 Penetration Tester:

  • Understand the vulnerability research and exploitation process in full
  • Develop custom penetration testing tools
  • Master the major penetration testing tools and use them when it’s appropriate
  • Perform code reviews and dynamic fuzzing
  • Write penetration testing proposals and reports that delight customers


Training Modules

  • Lab setup - 4 exercises
  • Information Gathering - 4 exercises
  • NMAP - 16 exercises
  • Metasploit - 13 exercises
  • Mimikatz - 5 exercises
  • Vulnerability Scanning - 4 exercises
  • Complementary Tools - 5 exercises
  • Custom Malware Development - 4 exercises
  • Web Application Penetration Testing - 26 exercises
  • Memory Corruption Vulnerabilities - 4 exercises
  • Documentation and Procedures - 5 exercises
  • Capability Development - 6 exercises


  • Patch Analysis - 3 exercises
  • Secure Code Reviews - 4 exercises
  • Penetration Testing Challenges - 4 exercises
  • Operation Mission Impossible - 9 exercises

Sample Exercises

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

Write An Application Vulnerable To Cross-Site Scripting (Novice)


Use John The Ripper To Crack MySQL, MSSQL, And Postgres Credentials (Advanced Beginner)


Write A Burp Suite Extension (Competent)


Enrolment and Fees


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

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

How to enrol

  1. Login/Register for MCSI's Online Learning Platform
  2. Select `Shop` from the left-side menu
  3. Find the MPT - Certified 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 MPT - Certified 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 MPT - Certified 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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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.

Programming Skills

We recommend that you have some experience in software programming prior to registering for this course.

The preferred programming languages for this course include: Python, PHP, SQL, and some basic C.

Knowledge of basic C and Assembly will also prove helpful for the reverse engineering exercises.

Here's a list of things for you to confirm whether you're at the right level:

  • Write basic web applications in PHP or something equivalent
  • Have used and configured a database such as MySQL
  • Have written authentication pages and code to manage user sessions
  • Be comfortable with command line utilities and tools
  • Be capable of installing Windows and Linux virtual machines in something like VirtualBox
  • Have some experience troubleshooting and resolving software errors

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:

  • Penetration Tester
  • Vulnerability Tester
  • Vulnerability Assessment Analyst
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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 MPT 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 Penetration Testing Learner Level 1 0% 0%
MCSI Novice Penetration Tester Level 2 20% 0%
MCSI Penetration Testing Practitioner Level 3 50% 10%
MCSI Senior Penetration Testing Practitioner Level 4 70% 25%
MCSI Certified Principal Penetration Testing Practitioner Level 5 80% 50%
MCSI Certified Expert Penetration Testing Practitioner Level 6 95% 75%

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

  • Identify and exploit the most common web application vulnerabilities. For example:
    • SQL Injection
    • Object Injection
    • XXE Injection
    • Arbitrary Command Execution
    • File Inclusion
    • Cross-Site Scripting
    • Brute Forcing
    • Session Fixation
  • Identify and exploit the most common infrastructure vulnerabilities. For example:
    • Missing critical security patches
    • Privilege escalation
    • Dumping and reusing credential
    • Lateral movement and pivoting
    • Tunnelling
  • Identify and exploit memory corruption vulnerabilities. For example:
    • Reverse engineering network protocols
    • Stack overflows
    • Bypass stack cookies, ASLR, NX/DEP
    • Egg hunters
    • Return Oriented Programming
  • Write custom attack tools using scripting languages:
    • Python
    • Ruby
  • Use all the major penetration testing tools:
    • NMAP
    • Metasploit
    • Burp Suite
    • OpenVAS
    • John the Ripper / Hashcat
    • SSH Tunnelling


Why MCSI’s Penetration Testing Certification is World Class

why MCSI certifications

Comprehensive, Effective, Exceeds Standards

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

why MCSI certifications

Internals Focused

Students who have obtained this Certification have demonstrated that they have a full understanding of the vulnerability research and exploitation process. This Certification focuses on the internals of how vulnerabilities are identified and exploited rather than remembering commands for tools (though it does cover tools as well).

why MCSI certifications

Programming Oriented

Many of the challenges that students must pass to obtain this certification require students to write software in scripting languages. This guarantees that penetration testers certified by MCSI understand how vulnerabilities are created and what it takes to write custom exploitation tools.


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