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The hardest certification you have ever done?

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MaXe

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Post Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:00 am

The hardest certification you have ever done?

Hello there,


With so many courses and certifications available, what would be the hardest one you have ever done? I know we're all different, and on different levels of skill, area of expertise, and so forth.

But completely honest, I'd like to hear what you think was the hardest for you.

Mainly because, I'm going for the hardest courses available. I like a good challenge  ;)

I think OSCE was insane, challenging, fun, and a very good learning experience, but I want to know if there's other practical courses and / or certifications just as challenging or close to. I know OSCP could probably be challenging too, but I was wondering about the other providers of InfoSec courses and certifications.
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Post Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:24 am

Re: The hardest certification you have ever done?

Its not 100% security related, but my RHCE was the hardest certification test I've taken.
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Post Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:34 pm

Re: The hardest certification you have ever done?

OSCP for me, but now I'm in the OSCE and realized the OSCP was a walk in the park. However, there is some really good stuff in this and it's been a blast.
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Post Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:16 pm

Re: The hardest certification you have ever done?

Working on GIAC GSE right now.  Though I have not taken it yet, I suspect that will be the hardest one.  You cannot sit for that test though until you meet their requirements of other GIAC certs and then you have a lab to complete once you complete the multiple choice.

To date, probably the CISSP was the hardest cert test due to amount of material and difficulty with some test questions (not knowledge, just trying to figure out what they were looking for).

If they have not updated A+ that could be challenging with Win 3.x/DOS questions thrown in.  Kidding...
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Post Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:18 pm

Re: The hardest certification you have ever done?

It's easily the OSCP !!!! I cannot imagine the OSCE pain  ;D ;D
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Post Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:47 pm

Re: The hardest certification you have ever done?

The only cert I ever failed was dCAP. http://www.digium.com/en/training/certi ... s/dcap.php

I passed the written (barely, by 1 point) and failed the practical, also barely. Out of a team of 10 guys, only 1 person passed both exams, and 1 more passed the practical, and then I passed written and the other 7 failed both tests, but none of us were telephony guys except the one that passed. I had some experience going in but nothing substantial, but found the exam to be quite challenging.

One day I will re-challenge, but it's not really critical given my career goals. I just don't like to fail.
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Post Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:49 pm

Re: The hardest certification you have ever done?

Another non security one.  Presumably 'done' doesn't necessitate passing.
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Post Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:10 pm

Re: The hardest certification you have ever done?

Hi,

The hardest courses in security I suppose that is what was meant-

Definitely not in the order:

CISSP (6 hours written exam) 10 Domains and the exam questions are almost never repeated.

OSCP/OSCE (These guys put up a great challenge in terms of practical exam and live test servers)

CHFI Can be difficult for people who took it seriously and not just cram stuff.

Cheers!

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