Network Security Expert FAQ


To access the Fortinet self-paced training catalog and enroll in courses:

  1. Open a browser (Google Chrome highly recommended) and go to the NSE Training Institute.
  2. From the top right corner, click Log in.
  3. Select the appropriated authentication method: Public, Partner, or Employee. Please read the descriptions associated with each profile if you are uncertain as to which profile you should use.
  4. From the top menu bar, select Library. The left pane allows you to search by NSE level (for example, NSE 1, NSE 2, etc.) or by topic (for example, Application Security, Network Security, etc.)
  5. Click the course name you want to enroll in. The course description page will display.
  6. Click Enroll Now on the right side of the course description page.
NSE 1-2 and NSE 4-7 courses are available online as a self-paced training or as virtual instructor-led training.

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

All courses are available online as classroom training with hands-on lab activities, or self-paced online without lab demo, except for FortiDDoS training, which is a hardware-based course.
Once you are logged into the NSE Training Institute portal,

  1. Go to Library and select the course you want to enroll in.
  2. Click Enroll Now at the right side of the screen.
  3. You are now enrolled in the self-paced version of that course.
Check the schedule here.
Facilitated labs are led by instructors. In a facilitated lab, students perform the lab exercises, and then an instructor reviews the exercises for correctness/completeness.

Lab demos are presentations by instructors, where students watch the instructor perform the lab exercises.
Attending a course does not mean you are certified. You will be given a course completion certificate, not an exam certificate. Your course completion certificate is available in your Completed Courses Dashboard in the NSE Training Institute.
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 Training 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 receive a classroom-based training confirmation with the training address, office access information, and some logistics details.
  • For vILTs or facilitated labs, the instructor sends an enrollment reminder five days before the training begins.
If you are unable to attend a class that you registered for, notify your regional training coordinator as soon as you can. This should be done before the class begins.

Learn more about our Training Cancellation Policy.
If you are enrolled in a course that will soon retire, you will have six months to finish your training.

You won’t be able to register in a former version if a new version has been released.
Partners must sign up first to FNDN with the same email they used to obtain the NSE 7 credentials. Partner will require a sponsor to get access to FNDN.
Employees of a Fortinet partner company will have to register for an FNDN account to be able to access FortiDemo portal.

As part of the standard FNDN registration process, you need to provide the emails of two Fortinet employees as your sponsors. Access to FNDN will be granted after the sponsors and administrator have approved the account. More details about the registration process can be found in the FNDN FAQ

Partners should use the same email address associated with their NSE certification for their FNDN account. Once the FNDN account is approved, they will be able to access FortiDemo. They can use Contact Us for account related issues, which can be found at the bottom of the FNDN website.


All Fortinet technical NSE certification exams (NSE 4 – 8) are delivered at a Pearson VUE testing center or remotely via OnVUE online proctoring. Open a Pearson VUE account and register for NSE exams at P

You may purchase your exam either by credit card or by exam voucher:

  1. Credit Card (recommended). Follow the prompts on the payment window to pay for your exam using a credit card when booking or scheduling your exam directly on the Pearson VUE web site.
  2. Exam Voucher: Purchase exam vouchers using a Purchase Order from a local Fortinet reseller. After you receive the exam voucher, follow the prompts on the payment window to pay for your exam using a voucher. Note this process may take up to five business days for you to receive your exam vouchers after the purchase order submission. The exam voucher is not a private access code.
Our Pearson VUE landing page will guide you through the registration process, as well as provide you with all the necessary additional information.
Pearson VUE’s Fortinet ID is generated by Pearson VUE when you take a Fortinet exam with them. It has the following format: FORT123456

If it’s the first time you are going to take a Fortinet certification exam at Pearson VUE, you most likely don’t have an ID yet, so leave the field blank and they will assign you one.
You may take the exam in person at a Pearson VUE facility or remotely using Pearson VUE’s OnVUE remote proctoring service. For more information on the OnVUE remote proctoring service, click here and scroll down to OnVUE online proctored exams.
Yes, you can now take your Fortinet NSE certification exam conveniently from home through OnVUE online proctoring, a Pearson VUE service. A live proctor will monitor you through the webcam on your workstation to provide a secure exam experience. Watch the short video on the Fortinet online proctoring page to see how convenient it is to test from home or work.

To explore how this new service works, and to view the policies, procedures, and FAQs, go to

All technical, procedural, and account issues are handled by Pearson VUE, and a live chat feature is available for help with your OnVUE exam before, during, or after the exam. You can also contact the Pearson VUE support team through

For further information, please refer to
The online proctored exam option is available in most countries. However, exams may not be able for online proctored delivery in a small number of countries due to country-specific constraints. This list is reviewed periodically as circumstances change.

Online proctoring is currently not available in: China, Iraq, Japan, North Korea, Slovenia, Sudan, and Syria.
Where online proctoring is available, you will have the option to select At a home or office as an exam delivery option. If this choice is not available to you, then a message is displayed notifying you that the exam is not currently available via online proctored in your country/region of residence. Select At a local test center to continue with your exam registration.
Yes. Vouchers are a form of payment that are not related to the mode of exam delivery. When you register for your exam, you will be required to select how you want your exam delivered (local test center or at home or office). Payment is made later in the registration process, either by voucher, promo code, or by credit card.
Yes. If you already have a scheduled appointment at a Pearson VUE test center and would like to switch it to an online proctored appointment, you may do so, but you must do this more than 24 hours before your exam is scheduled. Prior to cancellation, confirm that the online proctored delivery option is available in your country.

To switch your appointment, you must first cancel your current test center appointment and then schedule your exam again. Your purchase will be refunded if cancelled more than 24 hours before your original exam appointment. Follow the registration process to repurchase your exam and schedule a new appointment, this time selecting the online delivery option.
Once you have passed the NSE 8 written exam at Pearson VUE, you may then attempt the practical exam requirement. You must purchase your seat through a purchase order from a local Fortinet reseller. Once you have paid for your seat, the regional training team will contact you to schedule your exam.

The NSE 8 practical exam is an in-person exam. Check the upcoming NSE 8 practical exam schedule here.
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 their aptitude.

Candidates can potentially complete lower levels of the program quickly. The mid- to upper-level technical certifications (NSE 4-7) require a greater investment in time and resources. Formal training is recommended.

NSE 8 is the expert-level, contains both a written and practical assessment component, and is intended only for very experienced technical professionals. Depending on the candidate’s experience, NSE 8 can require many months of preparation.
Your NSE exam certificates are available for download or print from your NSE Training Institute account profile page. Your specialist exam certificates are available from the Completed section of your Dashboard.
NSE 1-3 certifications are available within 48-hours of completing the certification requirements.

NSE 4-7 certifications are available within five business days after passing your exam at a Pearson VUE test center.

NSE 8 certifications are available approximately one month after passing the NSE 8 practical exam (NSE 8 certification is achieved by first passing the written exam and then passing the practical exam). Note that NSE 8 written exam results will not be reflected on the NSE Training Institute.
Log into the NSE Training Institute and go to your Profile. You will see your earned NSE badges (logos) and NSE certifications for you to download or print.
Alternatively, you can go to your Dashboard and click Completed. You will see your earned NSE certifications listed in your completed Dashboard.
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.

Fortinet partners must always access their training accounts via the Partner Portal and do not have passwords for training.
Log in to the NSE Training 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. Email; or once the purchase order is received.

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