Yes we are what is called a Certified Ethical Hacker
For me (Tony Zafiropoulos) having had a 20year IT career it only took a couple of months of study with the following books:
Then testing at center that the EC-Council agreed upon.
Now for you the journey may be different.
For one, it is good to have a good grounding on all IT matters, but mostly the network really helps. If you had no understanding of IT except the book listed above you likely would not pass.
If you are focused on cybersecurity as a career – then contact me.
then email me at tonyz”at”fixvirus.com and give me your background and I will start a regimen of things for you to get caught up to speed.