Training Assessment Growth

In addition to our CHECK-accredited exams, we now offer 5-day cyber security practitioner training courses at our centre in Cheltenham. Please click here for more information.

The Cyber Scheme provides the highest standard of Government approved examinations available, essential for technical consultants wishing to gain NCSC CHECK status. We also provide training and support for anyone aiming to work in the Cyber Security industry. We can help you become the best in the business.


Essential learning

We believe that thorough understanding, constant questioning, and thought-provoking discussion are the key pillars to retaining knowledge.

Our courses are designed to help you succeed in whichever qualifications you are studying for. We aim to give our candidates the skills, knowledge and techniques required for a career in penetration testing and ethical hacking.


The right people for the right job!

The Cyber Scheme is one of only two organisations accredited by GCHQ/NCSC to offer examinations that meet UK Government Standards in Penetration Testing.

We aim to provide suitably qualified staff nationwide, working with UK businesses, the academic community and the public sector to help provide digital resilience and protection in the ever-changing world of digital security.


Building a resilient Cyber Security industry

Cyber Scheme sponsorship is open to individuals and corporate organisations. We are building an exciting scheme which our industry, and the community as a whole, will soon begin to benefit from.

Our mission is to expand the focus of testing from CHECK into Entry Level, Red Teaming, Incident Response, and beyond by working with industry sponsors.

Career Pathways

Filling the skills gap

As a not-for-profit company working with our charity partners, we aim to support, educate and recruit a new generation of talent who traditionally have been unable to access a career in cyber security, addressing the current skills gap and ensuring a robust cyber industry can protect the UK.

Working with our industry partners we are creating a set of free training modules for registered talent looking to work in the industry.

Who are we?

The Cyber Scheme was established in 2013 to develop robust professional standards for ethical security testers. 

We provide a high quality platform for certification in critical skills areas required to support the UK’s National Cyber Security needs.

The Cyber Scheme has been contracted to operate technical certification for the CHECK assured service scheme operated by The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Our Vision

We believe in making assessments both relevant and accessible to people from all backgrounds working across many different sectors. 

Our unique approach is not only what differentiates us, but also what makes us successful. The Cyber Scheme can help all businesses not only reach, but exceed their goals. Our experience helps us create a strategy that perfectly fits your needs.

We are excited to announce that we are developing our core capabilities beyond the provision of CHECK standard examinations. While we will continue to provide and develop industry-leading qualifications, we will also be working with The Cyber Trust whose aim is to provide cyber security support and education to communities, and The Cyber Security Challenge which seeks to find, educate and prepare talented individuals who want to become part of our industry.

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Cyber Scheme Team Member (CSTM) exam – £500+Vat

A pass in this technical qualification is one of the mandatory assurance checks undertaken by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) before CHECK Team Member Status can be awarded.

The exam is suitable for individuals who want formal certification of their understanding of the theory and practical elements of cyber security and the fundamentals of penetration testing. 

Cyber Scheme Team Leader (CSTL) Infrastructure Exam – £1600+VAT

This qualification is one of the mandatory assurance checks undertaken by the NCSC before CHECK Team Leader Status can be awarded. Cyber Scheme award certificates recognised by NCSC as confirmation that the necessary technical standard for CHECK has been met.

The exam is suitable for candidates who require formal certification of an expert level understanding of cyber security and penetration testing.

Cyber Scheme Team Leader (CSTL) Web Application – £1600+VAT

This assessment is structured to simulate a real-world penetration test. It comprises three phases: scoping, a practical examination and an interview.

Candidates must demonstrate expert knowledge of all aspects of conducting a penetration test including legal and ethical issues, vulnerabilities and core capabilities.

“This was my first interaction with The Cyber Scheme and it was a very positive experience. The booking was easy, the communication from the staff was great and any queries were quickly answered and resolved.

On the day the assessors were very clear on the rules, scoping and expectations. The scoping and interview aspects were handled really well, and it is reassuring to know that the assessors understand what is required and have a higher level of technical knowledge than the candidates.”

CSTL candidate

“I can honestly say that the CSTM exam was head and shoulders above the exam I sat 3 years ago. Both in terms of the exam content and the exam invigilators. The “open book” nature of the practical exam was a breath of fresh air, and the theory side was fair and certainly more “modern” than others I have experienced”.

CSTM candidate

We are proud to be a member of the UK Cyber Security Council.