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Check Point core technical certification courses provide the essential knowledge and hands-on experience necessary for managing security network environments using Check Point software technology products and solutions. Customers, resellers, and security professionals may register to attend these courses through the Check Point Authorized Training Center (ATC) Partner Program.
Check Point's ATC Partner Program is a strategic partnership dedicated to providing quality, convenient access to the latest technical training on Check Point products to customers around the world.
This advanced 3-day security engineering course provides an in-depth explanation of Check Point technology and an understanding of skills necessary to effectively design, maintain, optimize, and protect your enterprise network from aggressive cyber threats.
Check Point's most technical certification offering, designed to provide security experts with advanced training necessary for troubleshooting security management issues, evaluating network optimization, and performing complex deployment configurations.
The associated certification exams validate your knowledge of Check Point technology and ensure that you have successfully obtained the skills, tools, and resources needed to manage your networks. For information on scheduled courses for these and other product training offerings, click here: https://training-certifications.checkpoint.com/#/
This section lists many of the Frequently Asked Questions related to Check Point Certifications. This is a live document that may be updated without special notice.
Certifications expire after 24 months. Certifications, like security, must be kept current to be truly effective - which is why we strongly encourage you to constantly refresh and keep your certification current.
Check Point professional certification exams are proctored through Pearson VUE, a third-party testing vendor with over 3.500 locations worldwide. You can register for any Check Point exam and earn your certification by visiting their Website and creating a Web Profile. Additionally, our exams are now available via Pearson VUE Online Proctoring, where exams are delivered by a live proctor to your workstation. To learn more or register, visit: https://home.pearsonvue.com/checkpoint/onvue.
No, it is possible to take an exam with only your own experience or self-study using the Check Point courseware, but we highly recommend taking a class instead. Instructor-led training accelerates and focuses your learning, gives you hands-on experience and an opportunity to make mistakes in the lab, and is much more cost-effective than self-study in your spare time.
Check Point certifications are designed to build upon the knowledge and skills of the previous courses, reinforcing lessons learned and extending your competencies with ever more complex and valuable skills.
Check Point Certified Security Principles Associate (CCSPA)
A: Exam objectives are posted on the Education Services Web site for reference, but all official training materials are provided when you attend instructor-led training through one of our Authorized Training Center (ATC) partners
We have 120 Authorized Training Centers (ATC) in over 68 countries worldwide. Use our ATC partner locator to find an ATC near you and sign up for training. If for any reason you can't find an ATC near you, send an email to us directly at email@example.com.
Only a pre-R80 CCSA would have to start over with the R80 CCSA. For the CCSE, any pre-R80 CCSE, even if expired is eligible for the R80 CCSE Update exam (#156-915.80). An expired R80 CCSE is eligible to take the R80 CCSE Update exam (#156-915.80) to re-certify, or they are eligible for the R80 CCSM. An expired R77 CCSM is eligible for the R80 CCSM even if expired.
No certifications are extended when you certify on the higher certification. Each certification is valid for 2 years. When you certify on the higher certification, you do not need to go back and re-certify the lower certification when it expires.
Check Point policy is that you do not retake an exam you have already passed. You either update or upgrade. Ideally, the best course is to take the next higher exam. The one exception is the R80 CCSE update exam (#156-915.80). You may re-certify the R80 CCSE by taking this exam again.
Yes, your certification is yours! However, since your email address is based on your previous work email you will want to contact Check Point Account Services via Check Point Beyond - Customer Success Hub to update your User Center account and request that your information be linked to your new email address.
Check Point provides e-certificates that you can access from your User Center profile. Once we receive your exam results we will update your User Center account with your new credentials, giving you immediate access to your online benefits like access to SecureKnowledge and your online Certification profile. The User Center will be added within 3 weeks of your exam date, but often it is sooner than that.
Your certification information could not be listed in your User Center account for one of the following reasons:
We tried to activate your benefits but there was no User Center account with the email address we have on file for you. Please check to ensure that the e-mail account you provided Pearson VUE for registration matches the e-mail account you used to set up your User Center account.
The benefits you received from a certain Check Point certification have expired.
We might not have received your results from Pearson VUE.
If you do not see your benefits or certification listed with your User Center account, contact Account Services via Check Point Beyond - Customer Success Hub and we'll try to resolve the issue for you. Please include a copy of your exam Score Report.
Yes as a certified professional you have access to SecureKnowledge, our online technical knowledge database with thousands of solutions, how-to articles and troubleshooting tips to help solve your most difficult issues.
It is important that the email address used when registering for an exam is the email address associated to your User Center profile. This ensures that all certifications are reflected within the User Center and the e-certificate can be downloaded via the account.
Courses, certifications, and exams are all designed to build on the lessons learned and develop your skills and knowledge, so we recommend starting with CCSA R80 and CCSE R80 to get a core security foundation. From there you can choose the specialization or area of expertise that best matches your job role or career goals. <See the complete list of courses, exams, and prerequisites earlier in the FAQ for more information>
If you are preparing for the CCSA certification and want to take the 156-215 exam, you can determine if you are ready by taking the 156-603 CCSA R80 practice exam. If you are preparing to complete the CCSE certification and want to take the 156-315 exam, you can determine if you are ready by taking the 156-604 R80 practice exam. Both practice exams present 40 questions from a subset of the actual exam pool. Feedback is limited to providing the correct answer during the exam. Practice exams are $50.
Surveys of certified professionals suggest that a candidate have one to two years’ experience with the product in a production environment before attempting the CCSA certification. Since that is not practical in today’s environment, we recommend six months after training. A similar interval trended when studying the Engineering tasks of a certified CCSE professional. We recommend one year. The Check Point Security Master certification job profile suggests five years’ experience before challenging the exam. Of course, this varies by individual.
Yes. If you fail an exam and want to retake it, you must wait 24 hours before the next attempt. After the second attempt you will need to wait 30 days for the third attempt and any subsequent attempts. NOTE: Once you pass an exam you cannot take it again with one exception; The R80 CCSE Update exam (#156-915.80) can be taken again to recertify the R80 CCSE.
Check Point does not subtract points from your score for answering a question incorrectly. You will simply not get credit for that question. When taking one of our exams, answer as many questions as you can, even if you are not certain of your answer.
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