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Advanced Practical Social Engineering

Social-Engineer, Inc | July 30-August 2


This offering is a highly-specialized course for security professionals interested in learning the skills, mindset and tools to become a professional social engineer. Students develop the ability to blend his/her mental skills of influence, persuasion and psychological tactics with technical skills such as mastering elicitation and pretexting.

The Advanced Practical Social Engineering course is a week-long immersion into the world of a professional social engineer.

Designed and written by Christopher Hadnagy, our Advanced Practical Social Engineering program is a five-day (4-day for BH) intensive training course that includes lectures, discussion, multiple hands-on exercises, demonstrations, and even nightly homework. It is a highly interactive class in which you will learn and practice the skills needed to be a professional social engineer.

After the course, you will be provided the opportunity to complete a 48-hour, hands-on exam with live practical tests to prove you have mastered the skills to earn your Social Engineering Pentest Professional (S.E.P.P.) certification. The certification does not require travel, but must be scheduled within 60 days of completing the class.

Who Should Take this Course

Pentesters, Human Hackers, Psychology Enthusiasts, teachers, law enforcement, any person who wants to communicate like a pro.

Student Requirements

  • The love of learning new things
  • The willingness to try anything
  • The willingness to expand your mind
  • Be available for homework every evening
  • Needs a laptop

What Students Should Bring

You will need a laptop with the ability to get on the internet and use a browser. We recommend any windows or mac laptop. It used for 1 day of the course, everything else you need will be given to you.

What Students Will Be Provided With

  • The official Advanced Practical Social Engineering Course Book
  • A personal copy of your DISC Assessment
  • Ekman METT license
  • Additional learning incentives


Chris Hadnagy, Chief Human Hacker and aka loganWHD, is the President and CEO of Social-Engineer, Inc. He specializes in understanding the ways in which malicious attackers are able to exploit human weaknesses to obtain access to information and resources through manipulation and deceit. He has been in security and technology for over 16 years. Chris is a graduate of Dr. Paul Ekman's courses in Microexpressions, having passed the certification requirements with an "Expert Level" grade. He has significant experience in training and educating students in non-verbal communications. He also holds certifications as an Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and an Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP). Finally, he is the author of the best-selling book, Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking.

Michele Fincher is the Chief Influencing Agent of Social-Engineer, LLC. Michele's background includes training and education as well as information security, with experience in both government contracting and the private sector. Michele graduated with academic distinction with a Bachelor of Science degree from the US Air Force Academy and also holds a Master of Science degree from Auburn University. She has provided training and education on various technical subjects for law enforcement, the intelligence community, and the private sector in venues to include the Black Hat Briefings and Techno Security. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).