The PCNSA (Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator) certification validates the knowledge and skills required for network security administrators responsible for deploying and operating Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs). PCNSA certified individuals have demonstrated knowledge of the Palo Alto Networks NGFW feature set and the Palo Alto Networks product portfolio core components.

Palo Alto Networks technology is highly integrated and automated. The Palo Alto Networks product portfolio comprises multiple separate technologies working in unison to prevent successful cyberattacks. The PCNSA seeks to identify people who can operate Palo Alto


There are no prerequisites for this exam. However, Firewall Essentials: Configuration and Management (EDU-210) course is recommended.

Target audience

  • Security Engineers
  • Security Administrators
  • Security Operations Specialists
  • Security Analysts
  • Network Engineers
  • Support Staff

Learning Objectives

On course completion, you will be able to answer the following -

  • Configure and manage the essential features of Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls
  • Configure and manage Global Protect to protect systems that are located outside of the data-centre perimeter
  • Configure and manage firewall high availability
  • Monitor network traffic using the interactive web interface and firewall reports


  • Where should I sign up to take the exam ?

    The PCNSA exam is hosted and proctored by Pearson VUE, that are delivered remotely through Pearson VUE Online Proctoring and also at Pearson VUE testing facilities in major cities worldwide. one can register by visiting https://home.pearsonvue.com/paloaltonetworks/.

  • What is the exam fee ?

    Each attempt must be paid for by the exam taker. The prices may vary by country. The corresponding price can be found when registering for the exam at https://home.pearsonvue.com/paloaltonetworks/.

  • Can I reschedule or cancel my exam date after scheduling ?

    One can cancel the exam free of cost before 3 business days from the scheduled exam date. You can sign up for a new date and apply the payment towards the new one. However, there will be no refund on cancelling during 3 days of the exam date.

  • Do I get a certificate after passing the exam ?

    Yes, after passing the exam you will receive the instructions for accessing the certification Management System over the email. From there you can download your PCNSA eCertificate, Logos, and Digital Badge, and receive guidelines for including the credential in your email signature.

  • What are the recertification requirements ?

    To keep your certification in Active status, you must recertify by taking one of these exams PCNSA or PCNSE.

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