Network Security Expert FAQ

I passed all the exams for my NSE level. When will I receive my certificate?
  • NSE 1, 2, and 3 processing can take up to 2 business days before certificates appear in your transcript.
  • NSE 4, 5, 6, and 7 certifications earned through Pearson exams can take 2 business days to appear in your transcript.
How long are my NSE certificates valid?
All NSE certificates expire after two years.
 
How do I renew my certificates?
  • Passing the NSE 7 exam automatically renews your previously obtained NSE 4 and NSE 5 certifications, as long as they are still valid.
  • Passing the NSE 8 exam automatically renews your previously obtained lower level certifications, whether they are valid or not.
Example:
  • An engineer obtained NSE 4 certification on January 1, 2015 and obtained NSE 7 certification on January 1, 2016. The engineer’s NSE 4 and NSE 7 certifications are valid through January 1, 2018.
  • An engineer obtained NSE 4 certification on January 1, 2015, NSE 5 certification on January 1, 2016, and NSE 7 certification on August 1, 2016. The engineer’s NSE 4, 5, and 7 certifications are valid through August 1, 2018.
  • An engineer obtained NSE 4 and NSE 5 certifications in January 2015, and NSE 6 and NSE 7 certifications in 2016. The engineer passed the NSE 8 written and practical exams to obtain NSE 8 certification on June 8, 2017. The engineers NSE 4, 5, 6, and 7 certifications now are updated to the same expiration date as the NSE 8 certification: June 8th 2019. No credit is obtained for NSE 1, 2, and 3, because the engineer did not obtain certifications for these levels before obtaining the NSE 8 certification.
Do I have to take associated NSE course before I attempt to renew my certification? Courseware is highly recommended but is not a pre-requisite for NSE exams.
FortiOS has been upgraded since I took my courses. Can I take the older NSE exam? Upon the release of a new FortiOS version, the previous version of the exam will remain available for six months on the NSE Institute and at Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers.
Who do I contact with questions for the NSE program?
You can contact the NSE Administrator at NSE@fortinet.com or your regional training coordinator for course-related and certification information.