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Starting 31 January 2021 Check Point is implementing a new Certification Model!


Core Certifications

Certified Security Administrator (CCSA)

This core 3-day technical certification course provides an understanding of basic concepts and skills necessary to configure and manage Check Point Security Gateways and Management Software Blades.
Exam #

156-215.80
Certified Security Expert (CCSE)

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.
Exam  #

156-315.80


Security Master Certifications

Check Point Certified Security Master

The CCSM certification recognizes and validates technical mastery of the Check Point Infinity architecture. It is awarded to Cyber Security professionals with advanced knowledge and expertise in configuring, deploying, managing, and troubleshooting Check Point products and services.
Check Point Certified Security Master Elite

Introducing CCSM Elite – We are happy to announce the addition of a new level of achievement to our Certification program, the CCSM Elite! This level of certification validates the highest achievement of technical mastery and consists of an elite club of Check Point Certified Security Masters.

New Certification Path to Cyber Security Mastership

Check Point Certified Security Master
With Check Point’s new path to Security Mastery, you will need to achieve 

2 Infinity Specialist Accreditations after the CCSE.




Check Point Certified Security Master Elite
To achieve Check Point’s new Security Master ELITE you will need to pass 
2 Infinity Specialist Accreditations after the CCSM.




Infinity Specialist Accreditations

Check Point’s Infinity Specialist Accreditations are designed to enable Security professionals to demonstrate that they understand the concepts and skills needed to administer, deploy and manage specific Security solutions within the Check Point Infinity Cyber Security Architecture.  Infinity Specialist Accreditations are also the building blocks to the Security Master and Security Master Elite certifications.

Accreditation Infinity Specialist Courses Exam #
CCAS Check Point Certified Automation Specialist 156-520
CCME Check Point Certified Maestro Expert 156-835
CCCS Check Point Certified Cloud Specialist 156-560
CCES Check Point Certified Endpoint Specialist 156-530
CCMS Check Point Certified Multi-Domain Security Management Specialist 156-540
CCVS Check Point Certified Virtual System Extension Specialist 156-550
CCTA Check Point Certified Troubleshooting Administrator 156-580
CCTE Check Point Certified Troubleshooting Expert 156-585


Hacking Point Courses
CCPE – A AppSec for Developers 156-405
CCPE – C Cloud Security 156-406
CCPE – I Infrastructure Hacking Check Point Certified PenTesting Expert 156-402
CCPE – W Web Hacking Check Point Certified PenTesting Expert 156-403


Certification Extensions & Renewals

  • Pass an Infinity Specialist Accreditation (ISA) to extend a valid Core certification for 1-year.
  • A CCSA may be extended a maximum of two times by passing 2 different ISAs. (CCSA must be current, not expired)
  • A CCSE may be extended one time.  A second ISA will award the Accreditation and the CCSM Certification!  (The CCSE must be current, not expired)
  • A CCSM may be extended one time.  A second ISA will award the Accreditation and the CCSM Elite Certification!  (The CCSM must be current, not expired)
  • The CCSA or the CCSE exam may be retaken as a means to recertify.
  • If the CCSA or CCSE is retaken and passed before it expires, the certification will be renewed for 2 years from the previous expiration date.
  • The CCSE Update exam will no longer be the exam for recertifying a CCSE.  It will be retired on 31 March 2021.


    Certification Paths







    Current Promotions FAQs

    If I took an Infinity Specialist Accreditation course and exam prior to 31 January 2021, will my valid certification be extended? 

    No, the extension program will start on 31 January 2021 and go forward.  No retroactive extensions will be awarded.

    I took an Infinity Specialist Accreditation (ISA) course over 2 years ago and it has now expired.  Can I take that ISA again to extend my current certification? 

    Yes as long as the ISA exam is passed after our new certification model start date on 31 January 2021.

    I passed one Infinity Specialist Accreditation (ISA) to get the 1-year extension on my CCSA/CCSE/CCSM, can I retake that ISA? 

    The Infinity Specialist Accreditations are valid for 2 years.  If you take the same exam within that 2 years, it will not be credited to extend your certification.  You should take a different ISA as long as it is valid.  If the ISA has expired, you may take it again to get an extension.

    I’ve passed the CCSA exam, what are my next steps to maintain an Active certification status? 

    Option 1 - You may extend the CCSA certification while the certification is still valid by passing an Infinity Specialist Accreditation exam for a 1-year extension (You may do this 2 times with a valid CCSA)

    Option 2 - You may proceed to the CCSE to continue in the certification path.

    This will not extend the CCSA.

    Option 3 - You may retake and pass the CCSA exam for another 2-year extension.

    I have a CCSA and have passed 2 Infinity Specialist Accreditations to extend my certification for an additional 2 years.  Can I take a 3rd for another 1-year extension?

    No, 2 years is the longest extension.  You may recertify by passing the CCSA again for another 2 year certification.

    My CCSA has expired.  Can I still extend the certification for 1 year by taking an Infinity Specialist Accreditation?

    Extensions are only awarded on valid certifications.  It is important to be aware of certification expiration dates.

    Recertify your CCSA by passing the CCSA certification exam again.

    You are still eligible to take the CCSE to advance in the certification path if your CCSA is expired.

    Where can I go to check on the expiration date of my certifications?

    1. Login to the User Center

    2. Click “MY CHECK POINT”

    3. Click “My Certifications” under the “My Info” option to see a list of your certifications and their expiration dates.

    Note: Starting at 60 days before a core certification expires, our system will notify you by email several times on a regular interval to remind you of your expiring certification. 

    I passed one Infinity Specialist Accreditation (ISA) to get the 1-year extension added to my CCSA and now the CCSA has since expired.  If I pass an ISA exam now, will my CCSA be extended?  

    No, you will need to pass the CCSA again to get recertified.  Extensions are only awarded on valid certifications.

    I have a valid R80 CCSE, what are my next steps to maintain an Active certification status?

    Option 1 - You may extend the CCSE certification while the certification is still valid by passing one Infinity Specialist Accreditation (ISA) exam for a 1-year extension (You may do this one time for a 1-year extension on a valid CCSE)

    Passing a second ISA exam will award you the CCSM certification.

    Option 2 - You may retake the CCSE for another 2-year extension.

    I received the CCSM after getting my second Infinity Specialist Accreditation while CCSE certified.  How long will the CCSM be valid?

    The CCSM certification will be valid 2 years.

    My CCSE has expired.  Can I still extend the certification for 1 year by taking an Infinity Specialist Accreditation?

    Extensions are only awarded on valid certifications. It is important to be aware of certification expiration dates.

    Recertify your CCSE by retaking and passing the CCSE exam.

    I had the 1-year extension added to my CCSE but not my CCSE has expired.  Will I still get the CCSM if I take another Infinity Specialist Accreditation?

    No, extensions are only awarded on valid certifications. You will need to recertify your CCSE again and pass 2 more Infinity Specialist Accreditations to attain CCSM status.

    I have a valid R80 CCSM, what are my next steps to maintain an Active certification status?

    You may extend the CCSM certification while the certification is still valid by passing one Infinity Specialist Accreditation (ISA) exam for a 1-year extension (You may do this one time for a 1-year extension on a valid CCSM)

    Passing a second ISA exam will award you the CCSM Elite certification.

    I received the CCSM Elite certification after getting my second Infinity Specialist Accreditation while CCSM certified.  How long will the CCSM Elite be valid?

    The CCSM Elite certification will be valid 2 years.

    The CCSM Elite can be extended once for 1 year by passing another Infinity Specialist Accreditation. (A recertification path for the CCSM Elite will be announced at a later date)

    My CCSM has expired.  Can I still extend the certification for 1 year by taking an Infinity Specialist Accreditation?

    Extensions are only awarded on valid certifications. It is important to be aware of certification expiration dates.

    Recertify on the CCSM exam until we retire the CCSM exam on 31-March-2021.  After the CCSM exam is retired the path to CCSM status will be through a valid CCSE.

    I have a valid CCSM Elite, CCSM or CCSE.  Do I need to maintain the lower certification(s)? 

    Your goal is to maintain your highest certification or progress to the next level. You are not required to recertify on the lower certifications.  You will only recertify on a lower certification if you allow your highest level of certification to expire.


Certification FAQ

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.

 

General Inquiries

 

Certification Path FAQ

 

My Information

You can update your mailing address via the User Center using the instructions below:
  1. Login to the User Center
  2. Click "MY CHECK POINT"
  3. Click "My Profile" under "My Info" option
  4. Click "Edit" button
  5. Make the necessary changes
  6. Click "Save" button to save changes

 

What About the Benefits?

 

Tell Me About the Exams

  • In what order should I take the exams?
    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>
  • How much do the exams cost?
    Exams vary in price between US $150-$350, but exact pricing is available through Pearson VUE. Practice exams are $50.
  • What is the format of the exams?
    The exams are composed of multiple choice and scenario questions. All questions are “Select the BEST answer” type questions. There are no multiple response answers.
  • How long are the exams?
    The CCSA and CCSE exams are 100 questions and the Infinity Specialist Accreditation exams are 75 questions with both to be completed in 90 minutes in all English-speaking countries. Non-English speaking countries receive an additional 15 minutes.
  • How do I know I am ready for an exam?
    If you are preparing for the CCSA certification and want to take the 156-215.80 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 156-315.80 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.  
  • Are the Check Point certification exams adaptive?
    No. Check Point has no plans at this time to move into adaptive exams.
  • Should I have experience with Check Point products before attempting to pass an exam?
    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. 
  • Can I take the CCSA and CCSE exams on the same day?
    Yes, if you pass the CCSA exam, you may take the CCSE exam on that same day.
  • Does Check Point have an exam retake policy?
    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.  
  • Does Check Point penalize incorrect answers?
    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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