Recertification

Modified on Fri, 4 Aug, 2023 at 8:26 AM

Until October 1, 2023: 

Fortinet NSE 1 - 7 certifications have a validity period of two (2) years from the certification grant date.


  • NSE 1 - 3 certifications are renewed by successfully completing the current versions of the courses at the Fortinet Training Institute portal. Please note that any lesson or quiz completed more than 90 days before expiry will not count toward your recertification. 


  • NSE 4 - 6 certifications can be renewed by taking a different exam, or later versions of the same exam passed for the initial certification, at Pearson VUE within six (6) months prior to expiration.


  • NSE 7 certification is renewed by successfully passing one of the Fortinet NSE 7 certification exams at Pearson VUE, within six (6) months prior to expiration. Achieving NSE 7 certification automatically re-certifies NSE 4, 5, and 6 certifications, if these are not expired. New certificates are issued with the certification validity period of the NSE 7 Certificate.


NSE 8 certification has a validity period of three (3) years from the date the certification requirements are fulfilled, as announced on January 31, 2022. The former NSE 8 certification validity was for two (2) years. NSE 8 certification is renewed by successfully passing the latest Fortinet NSE 8 written exam at Pearson VUE within six (6) months prior to expiration to be counted. NSE 8 recertification will automatically renew all your previously earned NSE certifications, even if are expired. New certificates are issued with the certification validity period of the NSE 8 Certificate.

 

Certification expiration dates cannot be extended. Examinees should re-certify before expiration.


Review NSE recertification details for each certification level from our Fortinet Training Institute Cybersecurity Certification page.



As of October 1, 2023:

All certifications have an expiration date

  • You must recertify your certifications before they expire to maintain them in active status.
  • The FCF, FCA, FCP, and FCSS certification levels are active for two years after you achieve them. The FCX certification level is active for three years. 
  • If your certification has expired (it is not active), you must complete all the initial certification requirements again to receive active status. For example:
    • If your FCP in Network Security has expired, you must pass one core exam and one elective exam within two years to receive the active status.
    • If your FCX has expired, you must pass the written exam and the practical exam within two years to receive the active status.
  • You can recertify your FCX certification no earlier than 6 months before it expires. For the other certifications, you can recertify them any time before the expiration date.
  • Fortinet does not provide extensions. You are responsible to recertify on time.
  • You are responsible for keeping track of your expiration dates. However, Fortinet will send recertification reminders 90, 45, and 5 days before the expiration date. The emails are sent to the address registered in your Fortinet Training Institute profile.


Recertification requirements.

If your certification is still active, use the information in the following table to learn about your recertification options:

Level

Requirement

Expiration date extension (years)

Foundational certification (FCF)

Completing one core and one elective FCF course

2

Completing one FCA course

2

Passing one FCP exam

2

Passing one FCSS exam

2

Achieving or renewing the FCX certification

3

Associate certification (FCA)

Completing one core FCA course

2

Passing one FCP exam

2

Passing one FCSS exam

2

Achieving or renewing the FCX certification

3

Professional certifications (FCP)

Completing the initial certification requirements:

For FCP in Network Security and FCP in Public Cloud Security, passing one core and one elective.

For FCP in Security Operations, passing two electives.

2

Passing one FCSS exam in the same career path

Example: Passing one core or elective exam from the FCSS in Network Security certification recertifies your FCP in Network Security certification.

2

Achieving or renewing the FCX certification

3

Solution Specialist certifications (FCSS)

Completing the initial certification requirements: 

For FCSS in Network Security, passing one core and one elective exam.

For all the other FCSS certifications, passing one core exam.

2

Achieving or renewing the FCX certification

3

Expert certification

 (FCX)

Passing the written exam, no earlier than 6 months before the certification expires

3

 

Certification cycles

Each time a certification is recertified for two years, the expiration date is extended for an additional two years from the date the recertification requirement is met, for example:

  • I achieve my FCP in Network Security certification on November 1, 2023. I receive my certification with an expiration date of November 1, 2025. After that, I take one of the FCSS in Network Security exams on February 1, 2025. The new expiration date of my FCP in Network Security certification is now February 1, 2027.
  • I achieve my FCP in Security Operations certification on December 1, 2023. I receive my certification with an expiration date of December 1, 2025. After that I take two electives for the same certification, the first one on January 1, 2025, the second one on April 1, 2025. The new expiration date of my FCP in Security Operations is now April 1, 2027.

 

If your FCX certification is recertified, the expiration date is extended by another three years from the initial expiration date, not from the date you passed the recertification exam. Additionally, all your other Fortinet certifications that are still active are recertified with a new expiration date that will match the new expiration date of your FCX certification. For example, I have the following Fortinet certifications with the following expiration dates:

  1. FCSS in Network Security. Expiration date: June 10, 2024
  2. FCP in Network Security. Expiration date: June 10, 2024
  3. FCA in Cybersecurity. Expiration date: March 9, 2024
  4. FCF in Cybersecurity. Expiration date: March 4, 2024

 

If I achieve my FCX certification by passing the written exam first and then passing the practical exam on January 10, 2025, these will be the new expiration dates for all my certifications:

  1. FCX in Cybersecurity. Expiration date: January 10, 2028
  2. FCSS in Network Security. Expiration date: January 10, 2028
  3. FCP in Network Security. Expiration date: January 10, 2028
  4. FCA in Cybersecurity. Expiration date: January 10, 2028
  5. FCF in Cybersecurity. Expiration date: January 10, 2028

 

If I later recertify my FCX certification by passing the written exam on November 20, 2027, there will be the new expiration dates for all my certifications:

  1. FCX in Cybersecurity. Expiration date: January 10, 2031 (three years after the initial expiration date)
  2. FCSS in Network Security. Expiration date: January 10, 2031
  3. FCP in Network Security. Expiration date: January 10, 2031
  4. FCA in Cybersecurity. Expiration date: January 10, 2031
  5. FCF in Cybersecurity. Expiration date: January 10, 2031

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