Welcome to the Offensive Security courses. This article contains information on software setup, training resources, exam resources, support options and tips on how to start your journey, that we hope you will find useful.
Training materials access
Once your course has started, you can access the online training materials and labs via your Training Library control panel.
Below you can find a quick walkthrough for the main functionalities of your control panel: This video was current as of September 2021. As we continue to improve the Training Library, slight modifications in the interface or functionality may appear.
For more tips and tricks on your control panel, please visit:
VMware Virtual Machine
We strongly recommend that all students use a Kali VMware image for the most streamlined experience. For information on how to download, install and use the Kali VMware image, please view Kali Linux VM article.
In order to study in the Offensive Security labs, you will need to be connected to our VPN. As shown in the video above, you can download your VPN connectivity package from the Labs tab of your control panel.
We have created a lab connectivity guide for each of our courses. In this guides, you will be able to find connectivity information, general labs usage and rules of behavior, hazards, troubleshooting steps you should make before contacting support.
- PEN-200 Training Library Lab Connectivity Guide
- WEB-300 Training Library Lab Connectivity Guide
- PEN-300 Training Library Lab Connectivity Guide
- EXP-301 Training Library Lab Connectivity Guide
We recommend scheduling your exam as soon as possible, especially if you wish to take your exam on a weekend. You may only schedule/reschedule your exam up to three times before being locked into a date and time.
You can read more information on how to schedule an exam, how to view your exam expiry date or reschedule options in the Important information about exam scheduling in the Training Library article.
For instructions on exam connectivity, tool restrictions and exam documentation we recommend reading we've put together a series of exam guide. Please choose the guide specific to the exam you will be attempting:
You will be responsible for ensuring you understand and meet the technical requirements for a proctored exam and ensuring you understand the requirements. To do so, we recommend you start by familiarizing yourself with the Proctoring Tool Student Manual and the Exam Proctoring FAQs.
While the Offensive Security courses are self-paced, self-directed and do not have any official support, we do invite you to join our Offsec Community Chat Platform where you can connect, collaborate, and chat with your fellow students, the Offsec staff, and infosec professionals as you go through the course. For more information, please visit: Offensive Security Community Chat User Guide.
If you experience any technical problems connecting to, or working with the labs, please contact our Administrators via Live Support or email our Help Department at: email@example.com (Note: This email is for technical support and not for assistance with course exercises.)
Please use your OSID number when reaching out to our support staff, so that we can better assist you.