The Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) exam serves as an indication of your ability to configure core features of the Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform. You may earn the accreditation after completing the Firewall Essentials 210 or 110 course.
Palo Alto Networks and our training partners provide certified instructor-led training to ensure a consistent, high-quality learning experience.
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 needed to pass.
Prepare for the exam
To pass the ACE exam, you need foundational knowledge of PAN-OS® configuration, which you can gain by taking the “Firewall Essentials: Configuration and Management” course. This courseware is available in both instructor-led training and self-paced e-learning formats.
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 Security Operating Platform.
(Partners may be required to earn the most recent ACE credential.)
A Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) is capable of designing, deploying, configuring, maintaining and trouble-shooting the vast majority of Palo Alto Networks Opertating Platform implementations.
PCNSE certification validates your knowledge of the Security Operating Platform, ensuring you can make use of its full functionality to benefit your company and showcase your expertise.
The exam, proctored by the third-party testing company Pearson® VUE, is for anyone prepared to demonstrate deep understanding of Palo Alto Networks technologies.
PCNSE certification is valid for two years from the date you pass the exam. The exam will be updated with major product releases. Please refer to the study guide and related support materials for the latest test objectives and product features on the PCNSE exam.
(Partners may be required to earn the most recent certification.)
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