CERTIFICATION

Leading-edge training, accreditation and certification programs

Critical skills to develop infrastructure, mitigate threats and prevent successful cyberattacks

Our industry-leading training content and professional certifications help validate technical competencies and knowledge of the Palo Alto Networks® Security Operating Platform.

 

Palo Alto Networks Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE)

Benefits

Palo Alto Networks and our training partners provide certified instructor-led training to ensure a consistent, high-quality learning experience.

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 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.

 

Take the exam

After completing EDU 110 or 210, you can take the ACE exam through the Palo Alto Networks Learning Center.

Register for the ACE Exam (PAN-OS 8.1 version)

Cybersecurity skills practice lab

We deliver a hosted lab environment that offers fast and easy access to a virtual firewall, where you can advance your skills as well as prepare for ACE accreditation and PCNSE certification exams.

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

 

Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE)

Benefits

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.

Exam format

The exam, proctored by the third-party testing company Pearson® VUE, is for anyone prepared to demonstrate deep understanding of Palo Alto Networks technologies.

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Prepare for the exam

Palo Alto Networks offers an abundance of resources to prepare for and pass the PCNSE exam.

Take Classroom training courses: Firewall Essentials (EDU-210) and Panorama (EDU-220) or their digital learning versions: (EDU-110) and (EDU-120).
Cybersecurity Skills Practice Lab.
Review the Study Guide.
Take the PCNSE Practice Test.
Technical Documentation Portal.
PCNSE FAQs.

 

Take the exam

The formal certification exam is hosted and proctored by Pearson VUE, a third-party testing company.

Register for the exam

Cybersecurity skills practice lab

Our hosted lab environment gives you access to a virtual firewall, where you can hone your skills and prepare for accreditation and certification exams.

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Learning path to become PCNSE certified

OBJECTIVE: Demonstrate your ability to design, deploy, configure, maintain and troubleshoot the vast majority of Palo Alto Networks-based network security implementations

 
 
 
 
 
 
6 months of hands-on training with NGFW

 

Recertification requirements

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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Education FAQs

Browse our frequently asked questions to get quick answers to common questions.

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LIVE Community

Tap in to the expertise of our worldwide network of security and IT professionals.

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Explore YouTube® for more insight and skills training on the Security Operating Platform.

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