The Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) exam tests your knowledge of the core features and functions of Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls, and serves as an objective indication of your ability to configure Palo Alto Networks firewalls using PAN-OS. 


Passing the ACE exam indicates that you possess the basic knowledge to successfully configure Palo Alto Networks firewalls using PAN-OS.  The exam also serves as a study aid to prepare for PCNSE7 certification.


Exam Format

The ACE exam is web-based and consists of 40-50 multiple-choice questions. The exam is not timed, and you can retake it as many times as necessary to earn a passing score.


Re-certification Requirements

The ACE credential has no recertification requirements.  Once you earn a version of the ACE credential, it stays with you for life. The ACE credential changes with each major version of the software that runs the Palo Alto Networks platform.

(Partners may be required to earn the most recent ACE credential.)


Preparing for the Exam

To pass the ACE exam, you need foundational knowledge of, and hands-on familiarity with, PAN-OS configuration. The best way to gain this knowledge is to take the Firewall Essentials 8.0: Configuration and Management course. This courseware can is available in both Instructor Led Training and self-paced e-Learning formats.

Cybersecurity Skills Practice Lab

Easy access to a Palo Alto Networks virtual firewall environment for exam preparation and skills advancement.

Learn more at Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Skills Practice Lab

Taking the Exam

The ACE exam is delivered through the Palo Alto Networks Learning Center.  

Click on the following link to register for the appropriate exam: 

Request the ACE Exam (PAN-OS 8.0 version)

Request the ACE Exam (PAN-OS 7.0 version)




For additional details about the ACE exam, please refer to the ACE Frequently Asked Questions list (ACE FAQs).


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