National Credential
Credential: Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council)

The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) program certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective. A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in networks and/or computer systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker upon request from an organization. The certification is for individuals who are responsible for securing (or testing the security of) computer networks. The CEH is appropriate for security officers, auditors, security professionals, site administrators, and others who may be concerned about the integrity of their organizations network infrastructure. Candidates must have a minimum of two years of Information Security related work experience.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 11B Infantryman MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 17C Cyber Operations Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 1D Digital Media Collector (DMC) ASI other          
Enlisted 25B Information Technology Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25D Cyber Network Defender MOS most   III Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 25N Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 35L Counterintelligence Agent MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35P Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Voice Interceptor MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35Q Cryptologic Cyberspace Intelligence Collector - Analyst MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 35S Signals Collector/Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35T Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted E6 Interactive On-Net Operator ASI most          
Enlisted R3 Digital Network Exploitation Analyst (DNEA) ASI some          
Enlisted T5 Target Digital Network Analyst ASI some          
Warrant Officer 170A CYBER Operations Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 170B Electronic Warfare Technician WOMOS most   Star credentialStar    
Warrant Officer 255A Information Services Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 255N Network Management Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 255S Information Protection Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 255Z Senior Network Operations Technician WOMOS other        

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

Star Credential Star icon

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council)
101C Sun Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM  87109
Phone: (505) 922-2882
Fax: (505) 341-0050
Email: Johanna.pirolo@eccouncil.org

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Candidates must have a minimum of two years of work experience in the Information Security domain and should be able to provide a proof of the same as validated through the application process unless the candidate attends official training.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Candidates who do not attend the Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures Course must submit a CEH Exam Eligibility Application Form and obtain authorization from EC-Council before attempting the exam.

  • Background (22%)
    • Network and Communication Technologies
    • Information Security Threats and Attack Vector
    • Information Security Technologies
  • Analysis/Assessment (13%)
    • Information Security Assessment and Analysis
    • Information Security Assessment Process
  • Security (24%)
    • Information Security Controls
    • Information Security Attack Detection
    • Information Security Attack Prevention
  • Tools/Systems/Programs (29%)
    • Information Security Systems
    • Information Security Programs
    • Information Security Tools
  • Procedures/Methodology (9%)
    • Information Security Procedures
    • Information Security Assessment Methodologies
  • Regulation/Policy (2%)
    • Information Security Policies/Laws/ Acts
  • Ethics (2%)
    • Ethics of Information Security

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Once earned, the CEH is valid for three years.  Certification holders must earn EC-Council Continuing Education Credits (ECE) to maintain the certification.  More details can be found on the EC-Council website.