Skip to content Skip to navigation Skip to footer

Cybersecurity Certification

NSE Certification Program Prepares Professionals for Critical Cybersecurity Careers

View Certification Levels

The Fortinet NSE Certification Advantage

 

The Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) program is an eight-level training and certification program that is designed to provide interested technical professionals with an independent validation of their network security skills and experience. The NSE program includes a wide range of self-paced and instructor-led courses, as well as practical, experiential exercises that demonstrate mastery of complex network security concepts.

82%

of organizations prefer to hire candidates with certifications.

*Fortinet Skills Shortage Survey

94%

believe their certifications have better prepared them for their current security role.

*Fortinet Skills Shortage Survey

680,000+

certifications issued*.

*Last updated 08/2021

 


NSE Certification Levels

Cybersecurity Awareness Certification
NSE 1 Information Security Awareness is the entry-level certification in the program. You will be introduced to today's cyberthreats and advised on how you can secure your information. You must successfully complete all lessons and pass all quizzes within the Information Security Awareness course to obtain the NSE 1 Certification. Ideal for: Everyone
Get started with NSE 1
NSE 2 After you develop a solid understanding of the threat landscape and the problems facing organizations and individuals, you will learn about the evolution of cybersecurity. In the second level, you will learn about the types of security products that have been created by security vendors to address security problems faced by networks and organizations. Ideal for: Everyone
Get started with NSE 2
NSE 3 NSE 3 introduces you to key Fortinet products and describes the problems that those products solve. This course covers use cases, provides insight into the market segment and competitive landscape, discusses what questions to ask the customer, and describes other sales strategies. Available to Fortinet Partners only
Get started with NSE 3
Cybersecurity Technical Certification
NSE 4 NSE 4 identifies your ability to configure, install, and manage the day-to-day configuration, monitoring, and operation of a FortiGate device to support specific corporate network security policies. Ideal for:
Network Security Administrators, Technical Support Engineers and System Engineers
Get started with NSE 4
NSE 5 NSE 5 recognizes your ability to implement network security management and analytics using Fortinet security devices. The curriculum is recommended for those who require the expertise to centrally manage, analyze, and report on Fortinet security devices. This designation is recognized when you successfully pass a minimum of any two Fortinet NSE 5 certification exams. Ideal for:
Network Security Administrators, Technical Support Engineers and System Engineers
Get started with NSE 5
NSE 6 NSE 6 recognizes comprehensive skills with fabric products beyond the firewall. This designation is recognized after you achieve at least four Fortinet Specialist certificates on Fortinet enhanced products, and is recommended for those who are involved in managing and supporting specific Fortinet security products. Ideal for:
Network Security Administrators, Technical Support Engineers and System Engineers
Get started with NSE 6
Cybersecurity Advanced Certification
NSE 7 NSE 7 identifies your advanced skills in deploying, administering, and troubleshooting Fortinet security solutions. This curriculum offers courses for network and security professionals who are involved in advanced administration and support of security infrastructures using Fortinet solutions. You must successfully pass at least one of the NSE 7 exams to obtain this certification.
Ideal for:
IT Security Architects, Network Security Administrators, Technical Support Engineers and System Engineers
Get started with NSE 7
Cybersecurity Expert Certification
NSE 8 The NSE 8 Fortinet Network Security Expert designation identifies your comprehensive and expert knowledge of network security design, configuration, and troubleshooting for complex networks. To attempt the exam, candidates must have related industry experience. We recommend that you complete the appropriate Professional, Analyst, Specialist, and Architect designation training and have extensive experience with Fortinet products in a production environment. The Fortinet Network Security Expert designation does not include training. Ideal for:
Network Security Cybersecurity Professionals
Get started with NSE 8

Explore Cybersecurity Certifications by Role

Fortinet Education Pathways align NSE training and certification to NICE framework job roles.

Explore certifications for cybersecurity roles in the following:

Security-Driven Networking Zero Trust Access Security Operations Adaptive Cloud Security Operational Technology
Security-Driven Networking
Explore: NSE 4 | NSE 5 |
NSE 7
Zero Trust Access
Explore: NSE 4 | NSE 5 |
NSE 6 | NSE 7
Security Operations
Explore: NSE 4 | NSE 5 |
NSE 7
Adaptive Cloud Security
Explore: NSE 4 | NSE 6 |
NSE 7
Operational Technology
Explore: NSE 4 | NSE 5 |
NSE 6 | NSE 7

NSE Certification Resources

Exams

Exams for NSE 4 and above are proctored, both online and in person, by Pearson VUE.
Schedule Your Exam

Recertification

All Fortinet certifications expire two years after being earned. Keep up to date with new releases.
View Course Library

Join the Community

Discuss courses, certifications, and more on Fuse.
Start Connecting

Program Policies & FAQs

Questions about certification? Review the Program Policy Guidelines or our FAQs

The Prestige of NSE 8 Certification

Awards & Recognitions

2019, 2020, and 2021 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Award Winner 2021 Gold Winner for Best Cybersecurity Training 2021 Gold Award Winner for Best Security Training and Educational Programs 2021 Gold Award Winner for Best Cybersecurity Education Provider 2021 Global InfoSec Award Winner Next-Gen in Cybersecurity Training
2019, 2020, and 2021 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Award Winner 2021 Gold Award Winner for Best Cybersecurity Training 2021 Gold Award Winner for Best Security Training and Educational Programs 2021 Gold Award Winner for Best Cybersecurity Education Provider 2021 Global InfoSec Award Winner for Next-Gen in Cybersecurity Training