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I agree with that list.

However; the best thing you can do is gain experience. Certifications certainly help, but a lot of pentesters tend to be self-taught. Any decent employer will get you to sit through an actual virtual pen test and complete the paperwork to go with it, rather than rely mainly on certifications.

Having said that, anything on the list attached will help, as well as Linux RedHat courses, CompTIA networking courses and some programming/scripting skills in Python, C++, BASH, Batch/CMD, Powershell etc.

You're aiming to pour 50% of your time in to setting up a lab at home and doing actual pentesting practice, 20% on courses like the above, 20% on being a Jack-Of-All-Trades (learn a little about every area of IT) and 10% on keeping up with the latest news around IT Security, hacking and related topics.

My 2 cents, anyway.

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