CHECK accreditation - the highest standards for security testing
We provide assessment and certification recognised by NCSC for individuals providing technical security services for the CHECK scheme. These rigorous exams demonstrate the highest levels of knowledge, skill and competence. To ensure relevancy of knowledge within this often-changing environment the certification process is repeated every three years.
Our CSTM and CSTL exams are led by NCSC approved Assessors who hold CHECK TEAM LEADER Qualifications for Infrastructure and Web Applications.
Passing an exam with The Cyber Scheme is one of the mandatory assurance checks undertaken by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) before CHECK Team Member or Leader Status can be awarded. The Cyber Scheme cannot award CHECK status, but do award certificates recognised by NCSC as confirmation that the necessary technical standard for CHECK has been met.
CTM = CHECK Team Member, the term applied by NCSC
The CSTM exam you take with The Cyber Scheme = Cyber Scheme Team Member. The terms are essentially interchangeable, with CSTM being the brand name for our CTM-level exam.
CTL = CHECK Team Leader, the term applied by NCSC
The CSTL exam you take with The Cyber Scheme = Cyber Scheme Team Leader. The terms are essentially interchangeable, with CSTL being the brand name for our CTL-level exam.
We offer two CTL-level exams, CSTL-INF (Infrastructure) and CSTL-Web App (Web Applications). There are no requirements for a pass in one exam before taking another; if you have any questions about your readiness to take an exam please get in touch.
The Cyber Scheme is one of only two organisations accredited by NCSC to offer examinations that meet UK Government Standards in Penetration Testing.
The NCSC, as the National Authority for Cyber Security ensures that the Cyber Scheme is operating at the highest standards in the delivery of our training and examinations. Certifications issued by the Cyber Scheme are therefore recognised by NCSC as meeting the necessary standards to apply for membership of the NCSC CHECK scheme.
Quality of service delivery is subject to regular audit and is monitored on an on-going basis by the NCSC. This ensures that course content reflects the current cyber security trends and threats and that the examination processes are robust and as near real world as is possible in an examination environment.
For the Cyber Scheme Team Leader (CSTL) certification we have developed a testing environment that provides near real world challenges for candidates through randomly generated scenarios, meaning no two candidates will ever sit the same test. Successful candidates and future employers can therefore be assured that the certification has fully tested the candidate’s knowledge, experience and creative thinking within the world of penetration testing.
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A pass in this technical qualification is one of the mandatory assurance checks undertaken by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) before CHECK Team Member Status can be applied for. Find out more
NCSC approved certificates are valid for 3 years from the examination date. Certificates are issued via our secure Blockmark system allowing them to be validated in real time.
Our portfolio of examinations is constantly under review, please check back for updates on developments. For current examinations please select from the buttons shown.
Our certificates are issued securely via BlockMark technology and feature QR codes allowing them to be checked for validity in real time. If you need to validate a Cyber Scheme Certificate please get in touch and we will get back to you as soon as possible.