It has been an intense journey since I signed up for the PWBv3 course from Offsec. But, now it is all worth it. I received notice that I passed and can now claim the title: Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP). I have taken many security courses, and have gotten a few certifications along the way, and I must say none have been as rewarding as this. I cannot sing the praises of Offsec enough, even though sometimes during the course I wanted to curse their diabolical minds for coming up with some of the machines I had to penetrate. I will admit that this was my second attempt at the OSCP exam. I will not say I failed the first attempt (well actually that’s exactly what I did) but rather learned valuable lessons from it. My first attempt was 23 hours straight (I took an hour nap) and at the end I knew I had come up short even before they emailed me. But, this did not discourage me, it energized me! I talked to many folks who had had a similar experience. I will say that I hold this certification higher than any I have attained yet, bar none.
To those who are taking the course and may come across this post: Do not fret! Remember what you’ve learned, and if you get knocked down get up and go at it again! For those of you who are not (or have not) taken the course, check it out! I guarantee even if you’ve been pen-testing for years this course will be a heckuva time!