Network Security Expert FAQ


The NSE 1-2 courses and exam are available free of charge.

The NSE 3 course is reserved for partners and Fortinet Employees.

NSE 4-7 courses must be purchased from a local reseller. Please contact your reseller for pricing information. Please find your reseller here.
Check the schedule here.
Online training classes are available on the NSE Institute. Log in to the NSE Institute, and then go to the Library.
Contact your regional training coordinators to request an account transfer. In your email, provide your old and new email addresses to facilitate the transfer. If your new company is part of the Fortinet Partner Program, please make sure you have already signed up to the Partner Portal.
All enrollments are available in the NSE Institute Dashboard. Students need to log in first.

  • When a student is enrolled in a FortiGate Security or FortiGate Infrastructure lab, a notification is sent by email as soon as the enrollment is complete.
  • When Fortinet receives the purchase order from their partner, including their contact information, for specific classroom training, Fortinet immediately sends candidates a confirmation of purchase. Then, 14 days before the training starts, candidates will receive a classroom-based training confirmation with the training address, office access information, and some logistics details.
  • For vILTs or facilitated labs, an enrollment reminder will be sent by the instructor five days before the training begins.
NSE 1-2 and NSE 4-7 are available online as a self-paced training or as virtual Instructor-led training.

NSE 3 is also available online but is restricted to Fortinet Business Partners and Fortinet Employees.

All courses are available online except FortiWI-FI and FortiDDoS (NSE 6). These courses which require hardware are available only as classroom training.
If you are unable to attend a class that you registered for, notify as soon as you can your regional training coordinator before the class begins to be removed from the session.

Learn more about our Training Cancellation Policy.
If you are unable to attend a class that you registered for, notify as soon as you can your regional training coordinator before the class begins to be removed from the session.

  • If you are enrolled in a course who will soon be decommissioned, you will have 6 months to finish your training.
  • You won’t be able to register in a former version if the update has been released.
Attending a course does not mean you are certified. You will be given a course completion certificate and not an exam certificate. Your course completion certificate is available in your Completed Courses Dashboard in the NSE Institute.
Check here our Cancellation Policies.


An exam voucher is necessary to book your exam. You must contact your local reseller to purchase an exam voucher. Once you receive the voucher, you will be able to book your exam. Exam vouchers are necessary for the following exams: NSE 4-5-6-7 and for NSE 8 written exam. NSE 1-2-3 are available on the NSE Institute.
Once you receive your exam voucher, please book your exam here: Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center. There are thousands of test centers worldwide.

Once you sign up using your company email address, you will be able to select a date and a test location. You will be asked to put your voucher number on the paying page at the end of the booking process.
Once you passed successfully the NSE 8 written exam at Pearson VUE, you will be allowed to take the practical part. You must purchase your seat through your local reseller. Once you have successfully paid your seat, the regional training team will contact you to organize your exam.

The NSE8 practical exam is an in person exam. Please contact your regional coordinator for more locations information.
Your NSE Exam certificates are available in your NSE Institute Profile. Your Specialist Exam certificates will be available in your completed courses Dashboard.
The time required to prepare for any level of the NSE program depends on the time a candidate spends studying, the experience they possess, and aptitude.

Candidates can potentially complete lower levels of the program quickly. The mid to upper-level technical levels of NSE 4-7 require a greater investment in time and resources in order to attend more formal training, proctored labs, and exams.

NSE 8, depending on the candidate’s experience, can require many months of preparation. NSE 8 is the expert-level, assessment-only part of the program and is intended only for very experienced technical professionals.
Step 1:If you are already logged in to the NSE Institute, go to your Profile and click on the certificate you need to print. The logo will appear. You can download the logo as well.

Note: Candidates can print and download each certificate on their profile on the NSE Institute. Fortinet does not sent certificates automatically.
NSE 1 certificate is available within two hours of completing the last qualifying course.

NSE 4, 5, 6 and 7 certificates earned through Pearson VUE will appear in your profile within five business days after passing your exam.

NSE 8 certification is awarded after the candidate passes both the written and the practical exams. NSE 8 written exam results will not be reflected on the NSE Institute. The candidate will receive a document showing the overall results: pass or fail. No further detail is provided. After the candidate passes the NSE 8 practical exam, the NSE 8 certification will be visible in the candidate’s profile approximately one month later.
Fortinet does not offer NSE 8 courses, however, the NSE 8 Public Handbook is a guide the candidate can use to identify gaps in and improve their knowledge:

NSE Institute

If you are a customer, end user or public user, please Sign Up first using your company email address, then log in here.

If you are a partner, always log in through the Partner Portal.

Do not use your personal email address or an alias.
For end users, public users and customers, please use this link to reset your password.

Partners cannot reset their passwords. They must always log in via the Partner Portal.
Log in to the NSE Institute and click on your Dashboard.

  • To see courses you are enrolled in, and the self-paced lessons you have started. Click "In Progress"
  • To see courses you have finished click "Completed"
  • You can enroll for the NSE 1-2 courses and exams using a public account. NSE 3 is restricted to business partners and Fortinet employees.
  • For NSE 4-7 courses, your regional training coordinator will enroll you in the requested class:; or once the purchase order has been received.

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