Network Security Expert Program (NSE)

Become a Fortinet Network Security Expert


The Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) is a new, eight-level certification program designed for technical professionals interested in independent validation of their network security skills and experience. The 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.

To earn certification at each of the levels, you must pass a series of tests or an exam. For NSE 1-3, the tests are incorporated into the self-paced learning packages that are hosted on the site. A third-party vendor, Pearson VUE, proctors the exams for NSE 4-8. You can register for these exams at the site. To become NSE 8 certified, you must pass the written exam hosted by Pearson VUE, plus a practical exam hosted by Fortinet. For more information about NSE 8, click here.

The program is open to Fortinet customers, partners, employees and to students enrolled in the Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA). (For more information about the FNSA, click here). The program enables participants to make the most of the power of Fortinet’s network security platform and be recognized in the industry among an elite group of security professionals.

For more information, please visit the FAQ page.

NSE certification will help you:

  • Validate your network security skills and experience.
  • Demonstrate value to current and future employers.
  • Leverage Fortinet’s full range of network security products, consolidate solutions, and reduce risks.
  • As a partner, accelerate sales and offer new services.

Successful completion of the NSE Program involves meeting the following objectives for each level. Click on a level name to get more information about how to certify at that level.

Step Level Objective
NSE 1 Develop a foundational understanding of the ever-increasing threat landscape and of general network security concepts.
NSE 2 Develop knowledge about Fortinet solutions for addressing the threat landscape and security concerns discussed in NSE 1.
NSE 3 Develop the knowledge required to describe how the capabilities of key Fortinet products are used to create the solutions discussed in the NSE 2.
NSE 4 Develop the knowledge and skills required to configure and maintain a FortiGate enterprise firewall to manage the day-to-day configuration, monitoring, and operation of FortiGate devices to support corporate network security policies. 
NSE 5 Develop a detailed understanding of how to implement network security management and analytics.
NSE 6 Develop an understanding of other advanced Fortinet products that augment FortiGate to provide deeper and more comprehensive network security.
NSE 7 Develop the knowledge and skills to implement, troubleshoot, and centrally manage an enterprise security infrastructure comprised of multiple FortiGate devices.
NSE 8 Demonstrate the ability to design, configure, install, and troubleshoot a comprehensive network security solution in a live environment.