PCNSE and PCNSA exam changes with 10.0

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Palo Alto Networks Education Services is committed to ensuring that our certification exams are of the highest quality to validate the knowledge, skills, and abilities of cybersecurity professionals. As we stay at the forefront of the rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape and model our products to fit the dynamic industry, we are pleased to announce the latest certification upgrades.


As of, August 17th, the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) and the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA) certification exams reflect changes based on PAN-OS 10.0.


Changes on the PCNSE include authentication policy exceptions, blocking private key exports, decryption logs, ACC Widgets, and the Global Protect Device Quarantine List.


Changes on the PCNSA include App-ID based policy creation, URL filtering profile vs. URL category in security policy usage, URL Filtering Inline ML, and new DNS Security Signature categories. It will also test individuals on their ability to identify the benefits and differences between the Prevention Posture Assessment (heatmap) and Best Practice Assessment (BPA) reports.

If you are in the process of preparing for or planning to pursue the PCNSA or PCNSE certifications, please review the PAN-OS 10 Administrator’s Guide to become familiar with the new topic areas before attempting examination.


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Where can I find PCNSE 10.0 study guide. Please share the link. Thank you.

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I believe that’s the PCNSA....





and here is the discussion of the different Certs and the links to guides and documentation



also the education Learning component of the paloAlto site has practice exams and other items

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a good reference

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Beacon has v10 training material.  I'm only on the first one which isn't a video unlike previous versions' materials so hopefully it'll get more "hands on" like the old ones (the v9.0/v9.1 videos are still available, however).


Please note that the old materials have dead links in them.  Also, the PCNSE practice test is from 2018 (it's on v8.0 or v8.1) which makes it almost worthless for a v10 exam.


I'd say go through the Beacon training materials (v10 for sure possibly v9.x) and the PCNSE study guide.


@ChandranHari Google it - palo alto networks pcnse study guide


Latest version as of a couple of weeks ago is from 8/2020.

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Small update to my previous comment on the Beacon v10 training materials - there are video demonstrations.  I just hadn't gotten far enough into the material when I wrote that comment.


@Justinmartin89 I'm pretty sure that PAN frowns upon the use of braindumps.

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Hi all...first time on LIVEcommunity... On the next three months we have decided to change the actual Firewall's to the PaoloAlto Networks NG Firewall 10.0 and I would like to become PCNSE.

Do you know the path to follow starting from 0 .. ? How much time is needed to study and be able to achieve the certificates

Thank you..



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I would start here with the roadmaps: https://live.paloaltonetworks.com/t5/education-services-articles/learning-roadmaps/ta-p/391643

I would then recommend you start with Beacon, and learn what is available there: https://beacon.paloaltonetworks.com/student/catalog

If you look at the Education site here: https://live.paloaltonetworks.com/t5/certification/ct-p/Certification

You will see there are other certs before PCNSE, if you are starting from scratch, those other certs would be great to expand your Palo Alto Knowledge first. 


I hope this helps a little

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Also, @SLiloia and others with any questions, please don't forget about the  Certification Discussions area where you can ask more questions there.

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