Palo Alto Networks Professional Certification Program

The Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) recognizes individuals with in-depth knowledge and abilities 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.

For detailed information on individual Certification requirements, please visit the Palo Alto Networks Certification web site.

Palo Alto Networks Certification Exams Preparation

The exams are currently computer-based assessments of knowledge and skills. There are multiple choice, matching and ordering questions. As preparation for Palo Alto Networks Certification exams, recommended courses and/or study materials are available.

How To Register For An Exam

Exam appointments may be made in advance or on the day you wish to test, subject to availability. The exam/appointment testing time limit noted on Pearson VUE web pages reflects the total appointment time, including an NDA, exam time, and survey.

Sign in or Create an Account with Pearson VUE. Please use your Legal name as displayed on your government issued IDs. Please also use your Business email address as your primary address. Not using business email address can negatively impact your company’s partner status. Login to your account, select an exam, select a location, and then register for a seat.

Palo Alto Networks Certification Program Agreement

All certification candidates are required to accept and agree to the terms of the Palo Alto Networks Certification Candidate Agreement before taking a certification exam. Palo Alto Networks encourages candidates to download and carefully review the agreement before their exam appointment. The Agreement will not be available at the testing center. It will be provided with the exam confirmation email from Pearson VUE. The Agreement is between Palo Alto Networks and each individual candidate and not with the employer of those candidates.

The Palo Alto Networks Certification Candidate Agreement contains nondisclosure obligations, trademark license rights, termination rights, indemnification obligations, limitations of liability and other responsibilities.

Each time the candidate takes a Palo Alto Networks certification exam, they will be required to assent to the agreement by clicking “Accept”. By clicking “Accept” they acknowledge they have read, accept, and agree to be bound by the terms of the agreement. Read the agreement.

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.

Exam Rescheduling and Cancellation Policies

If candidate needs to reschedule or cancel their exam the must contact Pearson VUE 48 hours prior to the exam appointment. Rescheduling an exam less than 48 hours in advance is subject to the same day forfeit of exam fee. Exams scheduled with ADA accommodations need to reschedule or cancel their exam 72 hours in advance or will be subject to the same day forfeit exam fee.

ID Requirements

Photo Capture and Digital Signature Requirements

To maintain the highest level of security and authentication, all Palo Alto Networks score reports provided at Pearson VUE testing center will include a photo of the candidate. Test Center Administrators are required to take a photograph of each candidate prior to testing. Candidates who do not wish to have their picture taken will need to contact certification@paloaltonetworks.com 14 business days in advance of the exam.

Testing Center Administrators will also capture Digital Signatures during the sign in process at the testing centers.

Identification (ID) Requirements

Carefully review the ID requirements prior to your exam appointment.

Last updated 2016-07-20