The primary goal of the ACE exam is to serve as an objective indication of your ability to configure Palo Alto Networks firewalls using the PAN-OS. To pass the ACE exam, you need a foundational knowledge of, and hands-on familiarity, with PAN-OS configuration.
The best way to gain this knowledge is to take our "201" course: Firewall Installation, Configuration and Management: Essentials I. In fact, the ACE exam can be thought of as the final exam for 201.
The ACE exam is delivered through the Palo Alto Networks Learning Center. The Learning Center is the primary resource for managing your Palo Alto Networks transcript and credentials. Register for a Learning Center account. If you already have a Learning Center account, you may register for the ACE exam by clicking here.
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.)
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. (Some partners may also use the ACE credential to verify their expertise and progress through their partner program.)
For additional details about the ACE exam, please refer to the ACE Frequently Asked Questions list (ACE FAQs).