Step 6: Study for the PCNSA Exam



The Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA) certifies that individuals have demonstrated knowledge of key features of Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls and can effectively deploy the firewalls to securely enable traffic based on who (users), what (applications), when (time-based policy), and how (content). Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls that are configured correctly enable administrators to prevent successful cyberattacks.


The Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA) exam is a formal certification exam that can be attempted by anyone who has completed either the EDU-210 or EDU-110 course. The PCNSA exam is based on the current PAN-OS® release.


To prepare for the PCCSA certification, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the EDU-110 training
  2. Take and pass the EDU-110/210 assessment and review the PCNSA Study Guide
    NOTE: Most courses have an assessment OR exam, not both
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  3. Complete the PCNSA Practice Questions
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  4. Sign-up for the PCNSA exam. Palo Alto Networks certification exams are all administered by Pearson Vue. You will find enrollment instructions and directions to authorized testing centers nearby on the Pearson Vue Website.



After completing the EDU-110 training and associated labs you can continue to learn about the Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform to prepare for the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) Certification.

Log in to the Learning Center and perform a search to find and enroll in any of the following courses:

  • EDU-114 Firewall: Optimizing Firewall Threat Prevention 
  • EDU-170: Introduction to Firewall VM-Series
  • EDU-172: VM-Series in AWS
  • EDU-176: VM-Series in GCP

After completing the PCNSA exam, proceed to step 7.


How can I register for PCNSA Exam on Pearsonvue if I don't want to tie my certification to my company's email?