The Fortinet Certified Trainer (FCT) assessment is a trainer evaluation process in which each candidate
has to prove their training delivery skills. The FCT assessment is a two-day assessment that
evaluates the FCT candidate’s ability to maintain Fortinet’s quality standards in technical knowledge, skills
and instructional abilities.
Who can apply?
The FCT assessment candidate should be a Fortinet employee or a candidate sponsored by an ATC
who has submitted proof of reference, along with an online application form. An FCT candidate who wants to apply
for an FCT assessment must meet the following knowledge and experience eligibility requirements:
Extensive technical knowledge and skills in network security and cybersecurity
Five years of relevant experience in network security and cybersecurity
Certification in the required NSE training courses
Five years of experience in training delivery in IT security
Demonstrable training facilitation and delivery skills
If you meet all of these requirements you can apply for the FCT assessment!
Public training content is based on the standard NSE training curriculum. Public training content cannot be customized. Fortinet instructors can deliver public training sessions onsite at any Fortinet chosen facility, or online, through a virtual classroom application.
The public training schedule is available on the schedule page. In public training sessions, students share the learning experience with a diverse group, which can include Fortinet employees, business partners, and customers from all over the world.
Contact Fortinet Resellers or Authorized Training Centers for purchasing and pricing information. After your purchase is confirmed, the Fortinet training team will contact you to coordinate your enrollment in a public training session. See Purchasing Process for more information about purchasing Fortinet training products.
Private training is a dedicated training session for a specific group of attendees. It provides the same lectures and hands-on activities as Fortinet public training, but with the flexibility to deliver the NSE standard training curriculum, or customized content. Fortinet can instructors deliver private training sessions onsite, at the customer’s facility, or online, through a virtual classroom application.
Contact Fortinet Resellers or Authorized Training Centers for purchasing and pricing information. After you purchase is confirmed, the Fortinet training team will contact you to organize your private training session. Private training session requests are scoped, quoted, developed (if applicable), and delivered by the Fortinet Training team (minimum quantities apply). See Purchasing Process for more information about purchasing Fortinet training products.
Most of our courses are delivered in the following formats:
Instructor-led training, are live sessions delivered onsite (in-person) or online (over a virtual classroom application). This format includes standard NSE training content delivered in scheduled public classes or private classes. Private requests are scoped, quoted, and delivered by the Fortinet Training team (minimum quantities apply).
Self-paced training, are online training videos and resources that are available through the NSE Training Institute Library page, free of charge. On-demand lab access with interactive hands-on activities, is available to purchase.
On-demand lab access within self-paced courses allows students to perform guided lab activities independently, after they complete the associated pre-recorded NSE self-paced lessons.
On-demand lab access with interactive hands-on activities enriches the student learning experience and reinforces the knowledge the student gained from taking the pre-recorded NSE self-paced lessons. On-demand lab access is available for purchase. If you purchase on-demand lab, the self-paced course page will be enhanced with the lab link and lab guides, and completion of the on-demand labs will be part of the requirements to complete the learning activities within the self-paced course.
No. If you purchase on-demand lab access within self-paced courses, you are required to complete the pre-recorded NSE self-paced lesson(s) to gain access to the associated lab activity. You must take note of the estimated lab duration for each on-demand lab activity, and ensure you have enough time to complete the lab, because you can only launch each lab activity once.
NSE 1-3: The Cybersecurity Education and Fortinet Product Awareness courses are available online as self-paced training. These courses are open to everyone, free of charge.
NSE 4-7: The technical courses are available online in the following formats:
Online self-paced courses without hands-on lab activities are open to everyone, free of charge. On-demand hands-on lab access within self-paced courses is available to purchase.
Instructor-led training with hands-on lab activities is available for everyone to purchase. View the class schedule to find an instructor-led training session that works for you.
Interested in purchasing one of our scheduled instructor-led classes, or even just on-demand lab time within self-paced courses? Contact Fortinet Resellers or Authorized Training Centers. The Fortinet Training team will contact you to coordinate your enrollment, upon purchase. See Purchasing Process for more information about purchasing Fortinet training products.
Go to Library and select the course you want to enroll in.
In the upper-right corner of the screen, click Enroll Now.
You will be enrolled in the self-paced version of the selected course and redirected to the course page.
You can purchase on-demand lab access with interactive hands-on activities using the following methods:
By credit card, through the self-paced course on the NSE Training Institute portal. On-demand lab access is granted automatically upon payment. This payment method is available for selected self-paced courses.
After you complete your purchase, you are granted lab access within the self-paced course with the Lab Guide, and completing the labs becomes part of the requirements to complete the learning activities. You can find the catalog of self-paced courses on the Library page.
Make sure your order includes your contact information, and the dates of the instructor-led training session you are interested in. After Fortinet receives your purchase order from the reseller partner you contacted, the Fortinet Training team will contact you to coordinate your enrollment in the instructor-led training session of your choice. If your desired training session is closed to enrollment, you will be given more options from the schedule to choose from.
After you complete your purchase, the Fortinet Training team will contact you to coordinate your enrollment in the instructor-led training session of your choice. You will also receive a confirmation of enrollment through email, as soon as the enrollment is complete. When you log in to the NSE Training Institute portal, you will find the Fortinet training course that you purchased, on your In Progress training dashboard page.
For instructor-led online course enrollment, students will receive an email with class information details approximately 24-48 hours prior to the start of the training class.
For instructor-led classroom course enrollment, students will receive a classroom-based training confirmation, with the training address, office access information, and some logistics details, approximately 14 days prior to the start of the training course.
Yes. After you complete a course, you can download a course completion certificate. Your course completion certificate is available for download on your Completed Courses training dashboard page of the NSE Training Institute portal.
Please note that course completion certificates are not NSE certifications. For more information about how to achieve NSE certifications, review the Certifications page.
No. You must complete the program requirements for the NSE level to achieve the corresponding NSE certification and become NSE certified.
NSE 1-3: Complete all course lessons and pass the quiz for each lesson. >> More Information.
You will have six months to finish your training. You cannot register for the previous version of a course, after a new version has been released.
When registering on Pearson VUE, use the same email address that you use to log in to the Fortinet NSE Training Institute portal. This ensures that your exam results are sent to your Fortinet NSE Training Institute account.
All Fortinet technical NSE certification exams (NSE 4 – 8) are delivered at a Pearson VUE testing center, or they are delivered remotely through OnVUE online proctoring. Open a Pearson VUE account and register for NSE exams at https://home.pearsonvue.com/fortinet.
You can purchase your exam session using a credit card or an exam voucher:
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 website. Alternatively, you can purchase exam vouchers using a credit card through the NSE Training Institute eStore by Gilmore Global.
Exam Voucher. Purchase exam vouchers through a purchase order from a local Fortinet reseller or Authorized Training Center. After you receive the exam voucher, follow the prompts on the payment window to pay for your exam using a voucher. Note that it may take up to five business days for you to receive your exam vouchers, after your purchase order submission. Note that exam vouchers are not private access codes.
No. Exam vouchers cannot be replaced or refunded after delivered.
No. Exam vouchers are not FortiOS specific; only exams are FortiOS specific.
You can take NSE exams in person, at a Pearson VUE facility, or remotely, using Pearson VUE’s OnVUE remote proctoring service. For more information, please click here and scroll down to the FAQ section.
Yes, you can 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.
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 https://home.pearsonvue.com/fortinet/contact.
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, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
Where online proctoring is available, the exam delivery option, At a home or office, is available. When this option is not available, a message is displayed stating that online proctoring of this exam is not currently available in your country/region of residence. To continue with your exam registration, select the At a local test center option.
Yes. Exam vouchers are a form of payment that are not related to the mode of exam delivery. When you register for your exam, you must 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 credit card.
Yes. If you already have a scheduled appointment at a Pearson VUE test center and would like to switch to an online proctored appointment, you can; however, you must do so more than 24 hours before your exam is scheduled to occur. Prior to cancellation, confirm that the online proctored delivery option is available in your country.
To change your appointment format, you must first cancel your current test center appointment, and then reschedule your exam. Your purchase will be refunded, if you are canceling 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.
Students who fail the exam can retake it 15 days (including Saturday and Sunday) after a failed attempt.
All technical, procedural, and account issues with Pearson VUE are handled by their support team. You can contact the Pearson VUE support team through https://home.pearsonvue.com/fortinet/contact. A live chat feature is also available for help with your OnVUE exam.
There are no prerequisites for taking Fortinet certification exams. We believe our courses and their labs are the best training, but they are not prerequisites.
NSE 8 exam: You must pass the NSE 8 written exam before you can attempt the NSE 8 practical exam.
When a new version of an exam is released, there is a six-month overlap period during which the existing (new) version of the exam and the previous (old) version of the exam coexist. The last available registration date and last delivery date are indicated on the NSE certification pages in the certification and exam information, notices, and announcements.
The time required to prepare for any level of NSE certification depends on the candidate. Depending on the candidate’s level of experience and aptitude, the amount of time they spend preparing and studying will vary.
Candidates can potentially complete the lower levels of the program (NSE 1-3) quickly. The mid-level to upper-level technical certifications (NSE 4-7) require a greater investment of time and resources. Formal training is recommended.
NSE 8 is the expert-level certification. It is composed of both a written component and practical assessment component, and is intended for very experienced technical professionals only. Depending on the candidate’s experience, the NSE 8 certification can require many months of preparation.
The day of the exam, we recommend that you arrive or login at least 45 minutes before the start time, so you can complete the pre-test process.
Your NSE certificates are available to download and 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 certificates are available within 48-hours of completing the certification requirements.
NSE 4-7 certificates are available within five business days of passing the exam at a Pearson VUE test center.
NSE 8 certificates 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 are not reflected on the NSE Training Institute.
Log in to the NSE Training Institute and then, go to your Profile. You will see your earned NSE badges (logos) and NSE certifications, which you can download or print.
Alternatively, you can go to your dashboard and click Completed. You will see your earned NSE certifications listed there.
NSE certifications include a validation code (certificate number). You can do a self-validation by entering the certificate number/validation code in the Certification Verification tool link that can be found at the bottom of every certification. Alternatively, you can scan the QR code.
After you have passed the NSE 8 written exam at Pearson VUE, you can then attempt the NSE 8 practical exam. You must purchase your seat through a purchase order from a Fortinet reseller partner. After you pay 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 sessions scheduled. Currently some delivery sites of the NSE 8 practical exam remain suspended until lab locations can safely reopen. Available openings will be communicated throughout 2021 as sites resume operations.
All Fortinet certifications—NSE 1 to 8—expire two years after being earned. As the technology evolves, all certified engineers are expected to keep up to date with our new releases.
You can renew your NSE 1-3 certifications by enrolling in the current versions of each of these courses and completing them.
You can renew your NSE 4 certification by successfully passing the Fortinet NSE 4 certification exam available at Pearson VUE.
You can renew your NSE 5 certification by successfully passing any two Fortinet NSE 5 certification exams available at Pearson VUE.
You can renew your NSE 6 certification by successfully passing any four Fortinet NSE 6 certification exams available at Pearson VUE.
You can renew your NSE 7 certification by successfully passing one of the Fortinet NSE 7 certification exams available at Pearson VUE. Achieving NSE 7 certification automatically recertifies NSE 4, 5, and 6 certifications, if these are not expired.
You can renew your NSE 8 certification by successfully passing the Fortinet NSE 8 written certification exam available at Pearson VUE. The NSE 8 recertification will automatically renew all your NSE certifications, even if they are expired.
Yes. Every certification is valid for two years from the date of passing exam.
Yes, all NSE 4–7 certifications valid on March 16, 2020, the date of Pearson VUE test center closures, were extended by six months. NSE certifications that expired prior to March 16, 2020 were not extended. New certifications that were granted after March 16, 2020 continue to have a two-year expiration date.
For NSE 8, the certification is valid for a two-year period from the date the practical exam is passed. The re-certification requirement must be fulfilled no later than 30 days after the certification expiry date. When the re-certification requirement is fulfilled, the validity of the certification is granted for an additional two-year period from the expiry date. The validity period is based on the original certification grant date and not on the date the re-certification exam was passed.
If your NSE 8 certification was valid on March 16, 2020 the opportunity to retest was extended from 30 days after expiry to 180 days. The additional time to re-certify does not change your certification validity period (the initial certification grant date plus two-year increments on each renewal), it provides additional time to re-certify while averting expiry during the time that testing at Pearson VUE was not available.
We anticipate that lab locations where the NSE 8 practical exam is delivered will be reopening throughout 2021. To prevent your eligibility for attempting the practical exam from expiring, we are extending the eligibility period from the normal period of two years from the date of passing the NSE 8 written exam. If you passed your NSE 8 written exam between March 16, 2018 and March 16, 2021 you will be eligible to schedule your practical exam session through to March 31, 2023. Visit the training schedule page page to learn when a testing location is opened near you.
Yes. You are still be able to apply the same exam voucher to your rescheduled exam. You must reschedule your exam before start date of your originally scheduled exam date. Otherwise, your exam voucher will be invalid.
The Fortinet Training team will not be able to provide support on behalf of Pearson VUE.
NSE Training Institute Portal
If you are a customer, end user, or public user, please sign up using your company email address, and then log in here. Be sure to register using your full name, according to your ID, and register your name in English characters only. That way, your full name will appear on your NSE certifications.
If you are a partner, always log in through the Fortinet Partner Portal using your partner email address. This way your employer’s partner status will reflect your NSE certification achievements. Do not use your personal email address or an alias.
All users registered on the Fortinet NSE Training Institute should ensure that their profiles abide by these general rules:
One training account per person:
If you have multiple accounts, please contact your regional training team to have your accounts merged. All training history between accounts will be retained.
If one of your accounts uses a public domain email address (for example, @gmail or @hotmail), and another uses a business domain, your account post-merge will use your business domain.
Email addresses must be name-specific; that is, no alias emails such as sales@ or admin@ email addresses are permitted.
Emails addresses are case sensitive. Always use lower case spelling.
To see the courses you are enrolled in, and the self-paced lessons you have started, click In Progress.
To see the courses you have finished, click Completed.
Contact your regional training coordinator to request an account transfer. You can use the Contact Us section at the bottom of this web page.
In your email, provide your both your former email address and your new email address 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 Fortinet Partner Portal.
If you are a customer, end user, public user, or Fortinet employee, please contact your regional training team.
International Information System Security Certification Consortium - (ISC)²
Many Fortinet NSE training activities are eligible to earn CPE credits for your CISSP certification.
View the course descriptions from the Fortinet NSE Training Institute Library to identify the CPE-eligible courses. One hour of Fortinet NSE training is eligible for one CPE credit.
After you complete an eligible training, an acknowledgement certificate is issued containing the information that you need to claim your credits. Request this acknowledgement certificate from the course page on your NSE Training Institute dashboard for your records. Then, follow (ISC)² procedures for claiming your credits through the CPE Portal.
Information Security Awareness and Training Service
The Fortinet Information Security Awareness and Training Service is a SaaS subscription offering. It provides you with the ability to deploy and maintain a cybersecurity awareness training program within your company. The service helps educate and train your employees on current cyber threats, such as phishing, social engineering, and ransomware attacks, and provide them with tips on how to protect themselves and your company.
The service also provides you with the ability to manage and track employee training progress through a central dashboard. Using the dashboard, the customer can monitor the training progress of their employees. As each employee progresses through the NSE 1 Information Security Awareness course and certification process. You can view a full list of your employees, or focus on specific individuals.
The Fortinet Information Security Awareness and Training Service provides the following capabilities and deliverables:
Getting Started information package
NSE 1 Information Security Awareness Certification
NSE 1 lesson scripts (PDF)
Graphic email banner
Monthly job aids and tips (PDF)
Key cybersecurity terms (PDF)
Course Completion Dashboard
No. You should designate an individual who will serve as a single point of contact for liaising with the Fortinet NSE Training Institute for the duration of the service. In order to act as your Information Security Training Administrator, the person you designate must have executive sponsorship within your company.
All Fortinet training products, including this service, are valid for 365 days. The Information Security Training Administrator must request service renewal before the current term expires; otherwise, access will be purged after seven days, with no grace period.
Create a complete list of employees and provide specific employee data. There is no limit to the number of employees you can enroll at one time.
Download the User Enrollment Template spreadsheet from the Administration Portal, and complete it with the information for the listed employees.
Send the completed spreadsheet to email@example.com and request that they enroll the listed employees in the NSE 1 Information Security Awareness course.
Fortinet Training will batch process your employee list.
Enrollment may take up to 48 hours. After enrollment is complete, your employees will receive an invitation email from the NSE Training Institute portal. The email will contain login credentials and instructions for how to start their training.
The Security Academy Program is a free program. There is no cost to become an Authorized Security Academy.
The Security Academy Program works with organizations to prepare students for a career in network security.
The Security Academy Program is focused on skills development to help move students from education to careers.
Authorized Security Academies can be:
K-12 (secondary institutions)
Note*:Non-profit organizations and government entities must be focused on career readiness and workforce development.
For-profit training business should be directed to the Authorized Training Center program.
To become an Authorized Security Academy, the organization must execute the Security Academy Program Agreement.
Non-profit organizations and government entities must be able to provide documentation validating their, non-profit or governmental status.
Authorized Security Academies will have access to NSE Training Institute Certification content for NSE 4-7*.
Note*:All Authorized Security Academies start with access to NSE 4 and NSE 5. Access to NSE 6 and NSE 7 must be requested by the academy.
An Authorized Security Academy will receive access to:
Course completion certificate template
Fortinet virtual machines to deliver NSE 4 and NSE 5 labs
An Authorized Security Academy will receive an exclusive discount on Fortinet NSE Training Institute books, both physical and digital.
Note:Books are not required to be purchased as part of the program. Organizations can teach with the instruction materials provided.
Authorized Security Academies may request VMs by submitting the sales order agreement through firstname.lastname@example.org
VMs will be emailed to requester within five business days.
No. Authorized Security Academies must have their own infrastructure to host VMs.
Authorized Security Academies may deliver Fortinet coursework in any learning modality they choose.
Authorized Security Academies are encouraged to integrate NSE Training Institute content into their educational programming. Organizations are not prohibited from teaching NSE Training Institute content as a standalone course.
Authorized Security Academies courses containing NSE Training Institute content must be a minimum of five weeks in duration.
When the Security Academy Agreement is executed, the organization will receive a link to allow its instructors to request access to the learning materials.
Instructors receive access to materials through the NSE Training Institute platform.
Instructors are provided with a username and password to access the platform.
Instructors receive access to the Authorized Security Academy courses within the platform.
Within the Authorized Security Academy course, instructors will have access to:
Authorized Security Academy logo
Virtual machine service order agreement
Exam voucher request
The Security Academy Program prefers and strongly recommends that individuals who are designated as instructors be certified in the NSE level that they will teach.
Instructors are provided an exam voucher to sit for their certification.
The Security Academy Program team routinely checks instructor profiles for completion of NSE certifications and completion of self-paced learning.
Facilitators request vouchers through the Fortinet learning portal.
Students may be given access to the self-paced courses on the NSE Training Institute portal if submitted as part of a roster by the Authorized Security Academy.
The Authorized Security Academy is responsible for all access to learning provided through its academy.
The Authorized Security Academy is responsible for all certification exam voucher requests.
Fast Track Workshop
The Fast Tracks are interactive, solution-based workshops designed to educate participants on the value of the Fortinet security solutions. Each workshop includes a presentation that describes the security challenges faced by many organizations, and specific details about how Fortinet can help address these security concerns. The presentation, or theory portion of the workshop is immediately followed by a hands-on lab activity that provides students with an opportunity to experience the Fortinet solution in action.
Each workshop is led by a knowledgeable Fortinet SE or Expert Channel Partner.
Fast Track workshops are delivered online or on-site, depending on individual requirements.
The requirements are simple and vary slightly based on delivery location.
Access to a laptop or desktop computer
Internet connectivity (2 Mbps or higher recommended)
An NSE Training Institute log in
Access to a laptop computer
Wireless or wired internet connectivity
An NSE Training Institute log in
Workshop length varies slightly based on topic, instructor, and participant requirements. However, each module is designed to be delivered in 2–4 hours.
The Fast Track workshops are delivered around the world through regional Fortinet sales and partner teams.
Anyone who is interested in attending a Fast Track workshop should reach out to their local Fortinet representative and request a session.
If you need help finding your local Fortinet sales representative, reach out to us here: https://www.fortinet.com/corporate/about-us/contact-us.
Fast Track workshop attendees receive a certificate of completion after participating in a workshop. The certificates are automatically provided, and can be downloaded directly from the Fast Track workshop course within the NSE Training Institute Learning Portal dashboard.
Note:It can take up to 48 hours for your certificate of completion to be unlocked after you complete the hands-on lab and satisfaction survey.
After you complete an eligible Fast Track workshop, an acknowledgement certificate is issued containing the information that you need to claim your credits. Request this acknowledgement certificate from the course page on your NSE Training Institute dashboard for your records. Then, follow (ISC)² procedures for claiming your credits through the CPE Portal.
Note:It can take up to 48 hours for your certificate of completion to be unlocked after you complete the hands-on lab and satisfaction survey.
Fast Track workshops are not a part of the NSE certification program and do not impact NSE certification. However, if participants are interested in receiving in-depth training on Fortinet products, we recommend pursuing the appropriate NSE certification levels.
If you have further questions about the NSE Program, please contact your regional training team: