ketchup how's it going hope you're enjoying your classes/briefings. The CPT and CEPT are a bit more complicated than the OSCP is with only the NOP being the most difficult (http://www.immunitysec.com/services-cnop.shtml
) in terms of "leetness." However, the NOP also is in a class of its own as is the OPST (http://www.isecom.org/projects/opst.shtml
If I had to rank them I would probably label them as follows (remember these are pentesting certs now, not security managers, auditors or intro level C|EH certs):
Notice the LPT isn't on here? This is not because I think it's worthless, its because I believe the content of the ECSA + CEH to get the LPT is the wrong approach. I understand the need to introduce tools and certain methods however, I believe that EC-Council's structure isn't well... Structured properly. They have a great "framework" however, I believe they've been focusing too much on marketing and not enough on structure. AGAIN, this is not to say the LPT is worthless, this is just to say it's a bit too scattered for my taste.
It's probably unfair for me to list certs I don't have (GPEN, NOP) but judging by everything I've read, a little bit of experience with the organizations, I placed GPEN and NOP in those positions. For example, I don't know if it still holds true, but SANS tends to have "open book" exams. I completely disagree with this type of exam, period. NOP, well I know the authors and their capabilities and the authors are at the top of the "pentesting" food chain so I know the content is likely a PITA.
I might shoot for the OCSE as soon as I 1) get results from ISACA some time in the next two weeks or 2) I decide against the CREA/GREM (I'm still up in arms about these). The OCSE looks like fun however, 48 hours with a family + work + studies + xbox (yup, I have to free my mind with mindless stupidity a-la MW2) = difficult