Network Security Expert Program

NSE 6 – Network Security Specialist


The NSE 6 Network Security Specialist designation recognizes a candidate’s comprehensive skills with the fabric products beyond the firewall. This designation is recognized after the candidate achieves at least four Fortinet Specialist certifications on Fortinet enhanced products.    

Program Requirements

NSE 6 Certification requires passing a minimum of any four Fortinet specialist exams from the list below:

  • FortiADC 4.4.0 Specialist 
  • FortiAuthenticator 4.0.0 Specialist 
  • FortiDDoS 4.5.0 Specialist  
  • FortiMail 5.3.8 Specialist
  • FortiWeb 5.6.0 Specialist
  • Integrated and Cloud Wireless 5.2.2    
  • FortiWLC Specialist – 8.2

Fortinet specialist exams are hosted at Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide.

The corresponding courses to each of these technologies are highly recommended, but not required, to take the exams.

Who Should Attempt NSE 6?

Network and security professionals involved in managing and supporting specific Fortinet security products.



  • The candidate is NSE 6 certified if they pass at least four different NSE 6 specialist exams
  • The NSE 6 certification is valid for two years


  • For a candidate’s certification to remain valid, they must have passed any current exams associated with their areas of specialization. Candidate can renew their NSE 6 certification by taking the current NSE 6 exams at a Pearson VUE center
  • Obtaining NSE 8 certification automatically renews a candidate’s NSE 6 certification for the specializations they earned originally, even if their NSE 6 certification has expired.

About the NSE 6 Exams

  • Specialist designation is earned by successfully passing one of the product-specific exams
  • Language: English (some exams, such as FortiADC 4.4.0 Specialist, are also offered in Japanese)
  • Available at: Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide
  • Number of questions: 15 (the newer exams, such as FortiMail 5.3.8 Specialist, have 30 questions)
  • Time allowed to complete: 30 minutes total test time for 15-question exams and 60 minutes for 30-question exams
  • Scoring method: Answers must be 100% correct for credit; no partial credit is given. There are no deductions for incorrect answers.
  • Type of questions: Multiple choice, multiple select
  • Time required between attempts: 15 days
  • Transcript and Certificate: After passing the exam, the candidates Fortinet NSE Institute transcript is updated within five business days, and they will be able to download a printable certificate from the NSE Institute
  • NSE 6 designation is earned by passing four or more separate specialist exams

How to Enroll in NSE 6 Certification Training

To enroll in NSE 6 courses, candidates must have an account on the NSE Institute. If the candidate is a partner, they must enter through the partner portal. Everyone else can enter through the NSE Institute website.

All others:

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

Once a candidate has logged in to the NSE Institute, they can use the following link to enroll in of the below classes through the NSE Institute: NSE 6.

The Training Course Schedule lets candidates browse for upcoming scheduled courses in their local area.

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