Where do I sign up to take the exam?


The PCNSE7 exam is both hosted and proctored by a third-party testing company, Pearson VUE. Pearson VUE has testing facilities in major cities worldwide.

Sign up to take either exam at the following site:

www.pearsonvue.com/paloaltonetworks

 

How much does it cost to take the exam?

In most locations, each exam costs USD$160 for each exam attempt, and each attempt must be paid for by the exam taker. Note that once an exam is scheduled, the scheduled exam date CANNOT be changed less than 72 hours (3 days) before the scheduled time and date.

 

What if I need to change my exam date after I've scheduled it?

If it is more than 72 hours before your scheduled exam, you can cancel the exam you have scheduled.  Then simply sign up to take the exam at a different time in the future.

If it is less than 72 hours before your scheduled exam, you cannot get a refund of the fees you paid for that appointment.  To take the exam at a later time, you must pay the full USD$160 for a new appointment.

 

What does the PCNSE7 exam cover?

The exam covers topics in PAN-OS 7.0, Panorama 7.0, GlobalProtect, and other aspects of the Palo Alto Networks network security platform that a firewall administrator needs to know in order to design, install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot the vast  majority of Palo Alto Networks implementations. This exam will NOT cover Aperture, Traps and AutoFocus.

The test is divided into six sections:

  • Architecture and Design
  • Core Concepts
  • Logs and Stats
  • Management
  • Networking
  • Policies and Procedures    

     

How should I prepare for the PCNSE7 exam?

The best way to prepare for our certification exams is to have extensive experience with our Next-Generation hardware firewalls, VM-Series firewalls, Panorama management environment, and GlobalProtect and MSM mobile security platform.  That experience should be in a wide variety of situations, including both large and small deployments, and in edge and datacenter deployments.   

If your experience is incomplete, you should strongly consider attending our Install, Configure, and Manage (201) on PAN-OS 7, Configure Extended Features (205) on PAN-OS 7, and Panorama 7 (221) classes.  They can’t cover everything that a PCNSE6 needs to know, but they’re the most efficient way to start learning.  When you have the basics mastered, you should spend time on our platform practicing use of the information in the 6.0 and 7.0 versions of the Admin Guides. A great resource can be find here https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/documentation/70/pan-os/newfeaturesguide.html    

People who take the PCNSE7 exam might find the following document useful:

Download a PDF with information used to prepare for the PCNSE7 exam

 

How many questions are there on the PCNSE7 exam and how much time is allotted?

The exam consists of 60 questions, most of them multiple-choice.  A few ask the candidate to match items from one list to items in another list.  English speakers are allowed 90 minutes to take the exam.  Others may request an additional 30 minutes.

 

Do I get a certificate after I pass?

For those who pass the PCNSE7 exam, a numbered Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer certificate will automatically be generated and sent via email. 

 

Is there a logo I can use on my business cards?

Upon passing, you will receive an email with a link to our Certification Management System.  From there you can download your PCNSE7 eCertificate, your Logos and post a Digital Badge to Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

What Happens if I don't pass?

In this case, you will receive an email that lists the exam sections you will want to study the most before you try to take the exam a second time. Please refer to the Retake Policy below. 

Certification Exam Retake Policy

In the event a candidate fails their first attempt to pass any Palo Alto Networks certification exam, Palo Alto Networks requires the candidate to wait five business days. If a candidate fails their second attempt Palo Alto Networks requires the candidate to wait 15 business days before than can attempt to pass the exam again. After the third attempt a candidate will be required to wait an additional 15 business days prior to attempting to pass the exam again. If the candidate is unsuccessful after the third attempt, candidate will need to contact certification@paloaltonetworks.com prior to any additional attempts.

 

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. 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.

 



 

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