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.

The program is open to Fortinet customers, partners, and employees and 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. NSE 2 and NSE 3 content and certification is restricted to Fortinet employees and partners.

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 risk
  • As a partner, accelerate sales and offer new services

Successful completion of the NSE Program involves meeting the following objectives for each step of the program. Click on a level name to get more information about the requirements to be recognized at that level.

Step Level Objective
NSE 1 Develop a foundational understanding of network security concepts
NSE 2 Develop the knowledge and skills required to sell Fortinet gateway solutions
NSE 3 Develop the knowledge and skills required to sell Fortinet advanced security solutions
NSE 4 Develop the knowledge and skills of how to configure and maintain a FortiGate Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliance
NSE 5 Develop a detailed understanding of how to implement network security management and analytics
NSE 6 Develop an understanding of advanced security technologies beyond the firewall
NSE 7 Demonstrate ability to troubleshoot Internet security issues
NSE 8 Demonstrate ability to design, configure, install, and troubleshoot a comprehensive network security solution in a live environment