Network Security Expert Program

NSE 4 – Network Security Professional


The NSE 4 – Network Security Professional designation recognizes your ability to install and manage the day-to-day configuration, monitoring, and operation of a FortiGate device to support specific corporate network security policies.

Program Requirements

There are presently two versions of the NSE4 exam—the current version named the Fortinet NSE4 Exam—FortiOS 5.6 and an older version named Fortinet Network Security Expert 4 Written Exam—FortiOS 5.4.    

You must pass the NSE 4 exam at a Pearson VUE test center.

To prepare for the current exam, we highly recommend that you take the FortiGate Security and FortiGate Infrastructure courses.

Who Should Attempt NSE 4?

Network and security professionals involved in the day-to-day management, implementation, and administration of a security infrastructure using FortiGate devices.


NSE 4 certification is achieved upon passing the NSE 4 exam. The NSE 4 certification is valid for 2 years. You can certify or re-certify by taking the current NSE 4 exam at a Pearson VUE center. For more information about recertification, click here.

About the NSE 4 Exams

  • Language: English and Japanese
  • Available at: Pearson VUE Test Centers worldwide
  • Cost: $400
  • Number of items on FortiOS 5.4 exam: 60
  • Number of items on FortiOS 5.6 exam: 70
  • Time allowed to complete: 120 minutes total test time
  • Scoring Method: Answers must be 100% correct for credit; there is no partial credit given. There are no deductions for incorrect answers
  • Type of questions: Multiple Choice, Multiple Select
  • Time required between attempts: 15 days
  • Transcript and Certificate: Upon passing the exam, your Fortinet NSE Institute transcript will be updated within two days and you will be able to download a printable certificate from the NSE Institute

How to Enroll in NSE 4 Certification Training

To enroll in the NSE 4 courses you must have an account on the NSE Institute. If you are a partner, you must enter through the partner portal.

All others:

Partners, customers, and employees must access the NSE Institute through the portals above to receive credit towards your standing with Fortinet. You must use your company email address to register.

Once you’ve logged in, go to the catalog entry for NSE 4. You'll find options for classroom, virtual classroom or self-paced training.

For additional help, contact your regional training administrator: – the Americas – Asia – Europe, Middle East, and Africa