Certificate in Ethical Hacking

Test Network Assets to Help Repel Cyberattacks


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $3,855

Next start date:

January 30, 2024

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About this Program

The role of ethical hacker and offensive security has emerged as equally important as defensive security in the information security industry. Pre-emptively discovering, exploiting and helping to remediate security vulnerabilities internally before attackers can weaponize them can save companies millions of dollars and prevent the exposure of highly sensitive information.

In this three-course certificate program, we’ll cover the foundations of ethical hacking, including reconnaissance, rules of engagement, exploitation and remediation. You’ll discover how to perform fundamental and cloud-based application attacks. You’ll have opportunities to apply your new skills and protect your organization’s valuable information with the latest industry tools, techniques and knowledge in a tailored, virtual environment comprised of real-world systems and software stacks.

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Information security professionals, network and system administrators, software developers, technical architects, technical program managers and other technology professionals interested in entering the ethical hacking or penetration testing field.

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Video Overview

Jason Tsang, an instructor for the Certificate in Ethical Hacking, describes how the program teaches students to detect major threats to company network vulnerabilities.

Duration: 01:23


  • How to scope, execute and report findings and recommendations for a penetration test
  • The underlying foundations and concepts of the real-world technologies you're targeting
  • Threat modeling techniques to identify system and application vulnerabilities
  • Hacking techniques to bypass security controls at different layers of the technology stack
  • How to calibrate your penetration testing skillset to broader situations, such as enterprise networks and cloud environments


  • Practice various real-world hacking techniques using a virtual server environment
  • Participate in a capture-the-flag capstone challenge 


You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.

Career Stats


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Top Employers

Microsoft, Boeing, Snap, Amazon, Google


Projected job growth for penetration testers/hackers in Washington state (2020-2030)


Average salary for penetration testers/hackers in Washington state (2022)

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You can earn a digital achievement badge for successfully completing this certificate program, as well as a separate badge for each course. These badges can be shared on LinkedIn and other social media sites. Learn more about digital badges.


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Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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