Offensive Security Certified Professional – OSCP

by Mirek Burnejko

OSCPWithout any question, the OSCP certification is one of the best security certifications on the market.

To achieve the OSCP certification you must complete the 24-hour long lab, where you must obtain a root access to several Windows and Linux machines.

A training and the exam itself are based on the Backtrack distribution with tons of gray/black hat tools like Metasploit.

The OSCP certification is one of the 5 IT certifications from the Offensive Security portfolio and each of them is better than the previous one.

What Exams You Must Pass to Become OSCP

You must pass only one exam, but this is not a normal test. It is a 24-hour long, real-world, hands-on penetration test. You goal is to exploit several vulnerable machines. Real play, real fun.

You must first complete an official Backtrack training. You have two options: online or live training.

Format of the OSCP Exam

It is a remote lab experience. You have 24 hours to break through couple of operating systems using your information gathering, buffer overflows, password attacks and web application hacking skills.

You must demonstrate a deep understanding of your work by submitting all your steps. That will be reviewed by the Offensive Security team.

It is very important, because in your student guide you will receive instructions which tools are allowed and which are not. You will also receive partial points for partial access to the devices, but everything must be documented.

You can see an example of a report on the official website.

Where You Can Pass the OSCP Exam

You can pass this exam on any computer or a virtual machine. All instruction about a connection to the lab environment you will receive after buying training materials.

How Much Does the OSCP Exam Cost

Exam is a part of the training bundle. An online training will cost you $750 and a live training will cost you $4000.

How To Renew your OSCP Certification

The certification is valid lifelong. You do not need to renew the OSCP certification.

Scope of the OSCP exam

You must be familiar with almost all information gathering, hacking and exploiting techniques. The whole list of skills, that you need on the exam you can find in the official Online Syllabus.

How To Prepare to the Exam

Examples of Job Opportunities



Success Story

If you interested with sharing your success story with OSCP please contact me.

Questions and Answers

Q: For $750 I have only access for 30 days to the lab. Can I extend that?
A: Of course, you can find (really good prices) for that on the official website (bottom of the page).

  • SLICK

    This and Red Hat have really outdone themselves. No theory, only practical. Now we can separate the fakes from the superstars. I was thinking about doing C|EH, but since I already have a non practical security certification, this baby right here is a must do for me. Hats off to Offensive security.

    • CTP_Fan

      The C|EH is for kids isn’t it? Honestly this training has fascinated me for so long now, speaking of the cracking the parameter of course & 48 hour exam, I want to finish the CCIE (which is more relevant to what I do) just to do this course because it looks like so much fun. I probably wouldn’t even use the training in real life or in a job.

      • SLICK

        Trust me you would, If you get into penetration testing you may never look back. Besides I for one, am tired of these certs that you have to keep renewing year in year out. Are we going to spend the rest of our lives reading cisco or microsoft material..hell no! Lets get this cert under our belts and just keep sharpening our skills…