I took the ACE ( Accredited Configuration Engineer ) exam a few days back and it was interesting. The exam has 50 self-paced questions that requires a 80% pass rate. I took it as a prelude to the PCNSE6.
You get a Polo Shirt from PaloAlto when you pass the exam and have submitted the details to PaloAlto. After you have completed this action, PaloAlto sends you a notice after a successful passing score for the ACE exam.
The ACE was a good means to see where you stand at and is the prelude to the CNSE. The CNSE exam was very interesting & challenges your inside knowledge from management to security/nat policies. It's not a easy exam to pass and they don't provide any summary on your strong and weakness.
Palo Alto also lack any commercial study guide or materials. So if you don't take a Palo Alto training course, it's all on you.
Palo Alto is pushing this level of certification due to a need to have qualified & certified engineers in the security market. I'm glad to be part of that & to have passed my 1st attempt.
NSE ( network security expert) and Route/Switching Engineer
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