On February 10th 2022, CompTIA has announced the exam retirements of its two popular certifications – CompTIA CASP+ and CompTIA PenTest+. It mentioned that the CompTIA CASP+ (CAS-003) exam version will be retiring on April 5th 2022 and will no longer be available for candidates pursuing the certification.
Similarly, CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-001) exam version will also be retiring on April 26th 2022 and will not be available to candidates after that. These two versions of the exam are being replaced with updated versions by CompTIA. We’ll discuss about the upgradations and changes in the later part of this post.
Although the current CompTIA CASP+ and Pentest+ exam versions are ending, candidates who have already enrolled can take up these exams. CompTIA CASP+ exam retirement doesn’t affect the value of the certification and neither does the CompTIA Pentest+ retirement.
The current version of the CompTIA CASP+ exam is CAS-003 and that of Pentest+ is PT0-001. These versions were launched by CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association). It is the governing body for all CompTIA exams and certifications. These old exam versions were launched in 2018.
To discuss a little about CompTIA and its standards, CompTIA was formerly known as the Association of Better Computer Dealers. Later in 1992, the organization changed its name to Computing Technology Industry Association.
The major reason behind the expiry or retirements of CompTIA exams is that CompTIA regularly updates its exam domains, syllabus, and courseware according to the latest industry requirements, market trends and more. This is to ensure that the candidates getting CompTIA certifications are equipped with skills and knowledge that are high in demand. For this reason, CompTIA updates the certification content along with changes in the exam domain almost every three years. Most of the CompTIA exam versions retire after 3 years.
The CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-001) was launched on July 31, 2018 and the CompTIA CASP+ (CAS-003) was launched on April 2, 2018.
The CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-002) was launched on October 28, 2021 and the CompTIA CASP+ (CAS-004) was launched on October 6, 2021.
The new exam versions are CompTIA CASP+ (CAS-004) and CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-002) exams. Candidates planning to take up the CompTIA CASP and CompTIA PenTest+ exam can select these exam codes. These new exam versions are available to applicants for scheduling.
For candidates who have already bought exam vouchers for old exam versions i.e., CompTIA CASP+ (CAS-003) and CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-001), there is no need to cancel or return those exam vouchers. They can still be used for the latest exam versions i.e., CompTIA CASP+ (CAS-004) and CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-002).
CompTIA certification exams usually retire three years after the launch. This brings us back to the announcement that CASP+ (CAS-003) exam version and PenTest+ (PT0-001) are retiring this year and are being replaced by CASP+ (CAS-004) and PenTest+ (PT0-002).
Now let’s take a look at what has changed or improvised in new CompTIA exam versions.
CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) Certification Exam Outline
Security Architecture - 29%
Security Operations - 30%
Security Engineering and Cryptography - 26%
Governance, Risk, and Compliance - 15%
Total - 100%
CompTIA PenTest+ Certification Exam Outline
Planning and Scoping - 14%
Information Gathering and Vulnerability Scanning - 22%
Attacks and Exploits - 30%
Reporting and Communication - 18%
5.0 Tools and Code Analysis - 16%
Total - 100%
CompTIA CASP+ (CAS-004) Exam Details
Exam code - CAS-004
Number of questions - 90
Exam type - MCQs and performance-based
Duration of exam - 165 minutes
Passing score - There is no scaled score for this exam. It is evaluated and marked as either Pass or Fail only.
CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-002) Exam Details
Exam code - PT0-002
Number of questions - 85
Exam type – Multiple choice questions and performance-based
Duration of exam - 165 minutes
For full details about the changes in exam objectives, exam pattern and other information regarding CompTIA CASP+ and CompTIA Pentest+, you can read through these PDFs uploaded by CompTIA about CASP+ and PenTest+ Exam Objectives or you can check out the latest updates at CompTIA CASP+ Certification and CompTIA Pentest+ Certification
If you are preparing for the CASP+ or Pentest+ exam or planning to get these certifications, it would be helpful to enroll in a training program. Sprintzeal is an Authorized Training Partner of CompTIA. It offers CompTIA CASP+ training and CompTIA PenTest+ training for candidates all across the globe. Sprintzeal’s courseware for CASP+ and Pentest+ is aligned with CompTIA’s standards and latest exam updates. Getting trained by accredited industry expert trainers at Sprintzeal will help you pass the exam and get certified in just one go.
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