I've looked at the questions regarding certifications on this site and they are essentially asking what to go for.
I hope that my question is distinct enough that is is not considered a dupe.
I travel a lot and frequently, so am looking for a certification that is accepted in many countries. The CISSP would serve this but is too basic. CREST looks interesting but it is UK only.
GPEN cert from GIAC seems nice, but the associated training is rather expensive and I don't want to be paying that much to learn what I may already know.
I am ware of online courses such as those offered by Offensive Security, just in case they have the same stigma associated with them that are associated with online degrees. I was considering paying for the Offensive Security course and taking the GPEN exam, however the OS course seems rather Backtrack specific.
I would really like some recommendations for an internationally recognized pen tester cert that is not at a beginner level.