Where do I sign up to take the exam and how much does it cost?

ACE exam registration is free of charge and is now accessible in the Learning Center at: http://education.paloaltonetworks.com/learningcenter

Once you’ve successfully logged into the Learning Center, the location of the ACE Exam will depend on your relationship with Palo Alto Networks.

  • Customers and employees will find the ACE exam on the Learning Center home page. Click the link to start the ACE Exam once you feel prepared.

  • Partners will need to request the Partner Technical Learning Path, also available on the Learning Center home page.  The ACE exam is one of the required steps in the learning path.

What are the differences between the ACE and PCNSE exams?

The Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) exam is an accreditation exam that, once passed, indicates that an engineer understands the basic features and functionality of Palo Alto Networks' firewall technologies. It is taken over the Internet, using a common web-browser, and it is a free exam. 

The Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) exam is the key part of a formal certification that proves that those who have passed it possess an in-depth knowledge of how to design, install, configure, manage, and troubleshoot the vast majority of implementations that use the Palo Alto Networks platform. The PCNSE exam has typically been tied to the .1 release of each version of PAN-OS (4.1, 5.1, 6.1, etc.). It should be taken by anyone who wishes to demonstrate a deep understanding of Palo Alto Networks technologies, including customers who use Palo Alto Networks products, value-added resellers, pre-sales system engineers, system integrators, and support staff.


Do I get a certificate after I pass?

Those who pass the ACE exam will be able to download and print an Accredited Configuration Engineer certificate.


How should I prepare for the PCNSE7 exam?

  • The ACE exam covers the material taught in the Firewall 8.1 Essentials: Configuration and Management (EDU-210). Consult the course description for a list of topics.
  • The best way to prepare for the ACE exam is to attend the 210 course.  You may also choose to review the topic list and then study the 8.1 version of the Admin Guides to learn the same material.  Hands-on practice will make it much easier for you to pass the ACE exam.