Fortinet Training and Certification Program

Build a workforce skilled in all aspects of Fortinet's network security platform who will be recognized in the industry amount an elite group of security professionals. 

The goal of the Fortinet Training and Certification program is to build a workforce that is skilled in all aspects of Fortinet's network security platform; a workforce that will be recognized in the industry among an elite group of security professionals. 

In today’s global cybersecurity threat landscape, education is crucial to the success of organizations.

To get the best from any product, it is essential that you fully understand its operation, correct implementation, and ongoing management.

The Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) program was created to educate your organization’s stakeholders, so they can respond appropriately to the challenges presented by the digital economy and evolving enterprise networks.

After completing the NSE program, candidates will be self-sufficient, able to manage high-performance security across their organization’s IT infrastructure, and ready to achieve their organization’s business goals and prepared to take the certification exams.

The NSE Program is an eight-level certification program designed for technical professionals interested in independent validation of their network security skills and experience.

NSE Certification will help candidates validate their network security skills and experience, demonstrate value to current and future employers and leverage Fortinet’s full range of network security products and solutions.

Candidates who successfully achieve Fortinet’s NSE certifications will be recognized in the industry among an elite group of security professionals.

The NSE Institute is home to Fortinet’s learning management system (LMS). The LMS hosts courseware exams for NSE 1, self-paced technical courses for NSE 4 to 7, and practice exams. The LMS also manages the candidate’s progress through the NSE training courses.

A company email address is required to access the NSE Institute:

  • Those with public accounts (end users, public and employees) can log in directly to the NSE Institute
  • Partners can log in to the NSE Institute through the Partner Portal    

Use these links to view Fortinet courses and exams:

Fortinet offers both public and private delivery options.

  • Private Onsite Training

    Private onsite training is delivered through onsite classes. These onsite classes provide the same lectures and labs as Fortinet’s traditional public classroom training. A technical trainer delivers either standard training (NSE 4 to 7) or customized training at the customer’s site.


  • Public Training

    Public training can be delivered by a live instructor in a classroom setting, or it can be delivered remotely.

    • Classroom training

      Instructor-led training (ILT)

      Attending an ILT at a Fortinet facility gives candidates an opportunity to network with Fortinet employees and peers from different companies and countries.


    • Remote training

      With the exception of FortiWi-Fi and FortiDDoS (NSE 6), which require hardware, all courses are available online.

      Virtual instructor-led training (vILT)

      A vILT is delivered using an online classroom application, such as GoToTraining. The instructor sends candidates the GoToTraining invitation a few hours before the class starts. After the candidate enrolls in the vILT, they can access the corresponding student guide.

      Self-paced training

      Self-paced training is very flexible. Candidates access prerecorded lessons and quizzes on the NSE Institute in the facilitated lab. After candidates enroll in self-paced training, they can access the corresponding facilitated lab.

    Fortinet also has an extensive, global network of Authorized Training Center (ATC) partners whose approved instructors who deliver in classroom training and labs on Fortinet courseware. ATCs allow candidates to attend authorized training sessions in their region.