Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer

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A Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) is capable of designing, deploying, configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting the vast majority of Palo Alto Networks-based network security implementations.  Passing the PCNSE6 or CNSE 5.1 exam and exhibiting solid professional behavior are the requirements for becoming a PCNSE6 or CNSE 5.1. The formal certification exam is hosted and proctored by the third-party testing company Kryterion. Either exam should be taken by anyone who is prepared to demonstrate a deep understanding of Palo Alto Networks technologies. Candidates can be anyone who uses Palo Alto Networks products, including customers, partners, system engineers, systems integrators, and support engineers.

Note that the certification's abbreviation is now PCNSE6, not CNSE 6.1.  The purpose and level of the certification remain the same.

Exam Objectives

The Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) is a formal, third-party proctored certification that indicates that those who have passed it possess the in-depth knowledge to design, install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot the vast majority of implementations based on the Palo Alto Networks platform. The PCNSE exam 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.

Contact

For questions or issues related to the CSNE exam please contact pcnse@paloaltonetworks.com.

Registration

To take the PCNSE6 exam or the CNSE 5.1 exam, click here to be taken to the Kryterion registration site.

Test Centers

Click here to locate the test center most convenient for you.

Recertification Requirements

There are no recertification requirements. The PCNSE certification is tied to a specific PAN-OS version. For example, the PCNSE6 exam is based on the 6.0 and 6.1 versions of PAN-OS, Panorama, and related components of the Palo Alto Networks platform. The CNSE 5.1 exam is based on the 5.1 versions. 

(Partners may be required to earn the most recent certification.)

 

 

Study Guides

People who take the PCNSE6 exam might find the following document useful:

Download a PDF with information used to prepare for the PCNSE6 exam.

People who take the CNSE 5.1 exam might find the following document useful:

Download a PDF with information used to prepare for the CNSE 5.1 exam. 

Hands-on practice is the best way to cement what you learn from these Study Guides and the documents that they refer to.

 

FAQs

For additional details about the PCNSE exam, please refer to the PCNSE Frequently Asked Questions list (PCNSE FAQs).

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