Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions on EC-Council's Security training

1What is EC-Council?

EC-Council is global leader in providing the certification and training programs in Information Security and E-Business

The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member supported professional organization. The purpose of the EC-Council is to support and enhance the role of individuals and organizations who design, create, manage or market Security and E-Business solutions. We support our members by providing Electronic Commerce Consultant certification as well as educational, technical, placement, member advantage, and discounted services. We enhance our membership by providing a community where discussion and information exchange can operate freely in the context of mutual trust and benefit.

2What Certification does EC-Council offer?

EC-Council offers various E-Business and Security certifications. Please visit

3Does EC-Council offer training?

Not directly. EC-Council has education alliance members worldwide that offer training, often at substantial discounts to EC-Council members. EC-Council is working with education and training organizations worldwide to help insure that quality, affordable education is available. For information about our education alliance members please visit education section.

4What is the EC-Council certification all about?

EC-Council offers the popular Certified ethical hacker (CEH) and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) certifications

5Where can I go to get certified?

Numerous educational institutions and training companies will be providing the EC-Council program. Please contact your nearest regional representative for a list of educational institutions in your area who are EC-Council ATCs.

6Is EC-Council's certification vendor neutral?

We work hard to insure that the EC-Council certification standards cover appropriate industry standards while remaining as vendor neutral as possible. Naturally some content is technology or vendor specific, but as a rule, only widely adopted technologies and standards are covered.

7Does EC-Council support vendor specific certification?


8Does EC-Council support self-study?

Yes. Please visit the education section.

9Where do I take the exams?

EC-Council has partnered with industry leaders, Prometric and VUE to deliver the exams. Prometric is a worldwide distribution network for computer-based testing services. With more than 2,500 testing centers serving 180 countries, Prometric's network of testing centers is the largest network in the world.

10How are your exams developed?

The EC-Council certification exams have been developed with the highest professional standards. The principles and processes employed by EC-Council conform to the Standards for Education and Psychological Testing. The EC-Council approach has been audited and validated by a psychometricians specializing in professional certification methodology. And all the questions on the certification exams have been reviewed and approved by a group of subject experts on behalf of EC-Council.

11What is the job role of a CEH?

The job role varies. Please check the job roles section.

12How do I start a local EC-Council chapter and what are the benefits?

Please write to us if you are interested in opening EC-Council chapter in your country.

13How can my company become an EC-Council Accredited Training Center?

Please visit ATP section.

14What is an EC-Council ATC?

EC-Council ATC is your link to EC-Council's training and education partners who will be offering the CEH, CHFI and other certification training and testing.

15What is your information privacy policy?

EC-Council does not sell or otherwise provide member information to any outside party.

16When do I receive my membership welcome kit?

4 to 6 weeks after passing the exams.

17How long does earning certification take?

How long it takes is largely up to you. If you choose a route that includes five-day class followed by an exam, then you’ll finish in less than a week. But to do this, you’ll either have to have a depth of knowledge in the relevant security technologies already or select a certification that’s very narrowly focused. The bottom line is that earning certification can take a week, or it can span several months. It’s basically up to you.


CEH Frequently Asked Questions

CEH Frequently Asked Questions

1 What is the difference between Exam 312-50 and Exam EC0-350?

EC-Council offers the Certified Ethical Hacker examination over two channels – the EC-Council Accredited Training Center (ATC) and the Authorized Prometric Testing Center (APTC). Only students who undergo training for CEH at any ATC are eligible to appear for the web based Prometric Prime exam (Exam 312-50).
Students who opt to pursue self study can appear for the exam EC0-350 at the Authorized Prometric Testing Center after they fulfill the examination eligibility criteria and produce the voucher number to Prometric.
In all other aspects the exams are identical in source and lead to the certification ‘Certified Ethical Hacker’.

2 Should I attend training to appear for the CEH exam?

EC-Council recommends that CEH aspirants attend formal classroom training at any of the accredited training centers to reap maximum benefit of the course and have a greater chance at clearing the examinations. The ATC will check your work experience before registering for the class. You are also required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) when you enroll for the class.

3 What are the pre-requisites for taking a CEH exam?

If you attend CEH training, you are eligible to appear for the CEH examination. If you opt for self study, you must complete the eligibility form and fax it to EC-council for approval.

4 Is there any eligibility criteria?

It is mandatory for you to record two years of information security related work experience and get the same endorsed by your employer. In case you do not possess the same you can send us a request detailing your educational background and request for consideration on a case basis.

5 Why do I have to get approval from EC-Council to appear for the exam without the training?

EC-Council presents the body of knowledge through CEH to educate and assist information security professionals in hacking tools and techniques for legally accepted security testing purposes. It is the social responsibility of EC-Council to ensure that this knowledge is imparted to people with the right intent and obtain assurance that this body of knowledge will not be misused

6 Where do I purchase the prepaid examination vouchers?

You can place your request for an examination voucher for the Prime Prometric (Exam 312-50) at

7 I have just completed the training. Can I defer taking a test to a later date?

Yes, you can. Ensure that you obtain a certificate of attendance upon completion of the training. You may contact the ATC at a later date and schedule the exam.

8 I have just completed the training. Can I take the test at a different location?

Yes, you can. You can take the exam at any ATC offering the CEH program by presenting your certificate of attendance. This will be verified against our records and your exam can be scheduled.

9 Do I have to recertify?

You will need to earn EC-Council Continuing Education Credits (ECE) to maintain the certification. Visit our ECE page for details.

10 Why are there different versions for the exam?

EC-Council certifications are under continuous development. We incorporate new techniques and technology as they are made available and are deemed necessary to meet the course objectives. This is reflected in our examination process as well as students are tested on concepts, techniques and technology.

11 How many times can I appear for the examination in case I do not pass in the first attempt?

There are no restrictions on the number of times you can appear for the examination, as long as you are able to contact the test center and schedule your exam in advance. There is no waiting period between attempts. To request for another eligibility voucher to resit for the exam at Prometric APTC, send an e-mail to with scanned copy of the exam score report. You don't need to go through eligibility application process again.

12 Can I take the exam at VUE testing centers?

Yes. The 312-50 exam is available at VUE testing centers as well. Just like Prometric APTC, you will need an eligibility number to attempt the exam at VUE. The eligibility number issued for Prometric cannot be used for VUE and vice versa. You can indicate in the eligibility application form which center you will be taking the test. Please visit VUE's EC-Council testing page at

13 Will EC-Council help me in scheduling the Prometric exam?

You are advised to contact Prometric Registration up to one business day prior to the date of the scheduled exam, before 7pm Central Standard Time.

14 When will I get my certificate once I pass the certification examination?

You will receive your welcome kit in eight week’s time after you have certified.

15 How many questions are there in the exam and what is the time duration?

The examination consists of 150 questions. The duration of the test varies according to location and channel. The exam 312-50 offered through Prometric Prime is of four hour duration. The exam EC0-350 offered through Prometric APTC is four hours for English speaking countries (US and others) and four and half hours for Non English speaking countries.

16 How much should I score to clear the exam?

The passing score is 70%.

17 I am doing a self study, how do I know I am ready to take the exam? Are there any practice tests?

Yes, you can take our practice tests to become familiar with the examination approach.

18 Can I purchase practice tests?

CEH exam practice tests are available from

19 What kind of questions can I expect in the exam? Do you have any exam pointers?

The examination tests you on security related concepts, hacking techniques and technology. You will be asked to decipher exploit codes, study log files, infer output and apply the knowledge acquired through the course.

20 Can I review my answers?

You can mark your questions and review your answers before you end the test.

21 I have completed my CEH certification. What is the next step?

You should go for ECSA/LPT certification track

22 I have more questions.

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