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Check Point Learning and Training Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Current Certification Promotion
Exam Retirement Announcement On October 31, 2022 we will retire the R80 CCTA and CCTE exams.
156-580 - Check Point Certified Troubleshooting Administrator (CCTA) 156-585 - Check Point Certified Troubleshooting Expert (CCTE)
On November 19, 2022 we will retire the following CCES exam:
156-530 - Check Point Certified Endpoint Specialist (CCES)
Certification Program Model FAQ
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.
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.
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
The CCSM Elite certification validates the highest achievement of technical mastery and consists of an elite club of Check Point Certified Security Masters.
Certification Path to Cyber Security Mastership
Check Point Certified Security Master With Check Point’s 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 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.
Infinity Specialist Courses
Check Point Certified Automation Specialist
Check Point Certified Maestro Expert
Check Point Certified Maestro Expert - R81
Check Point Certified Cloud Specialist
Check Point Certified Endpoint Specialist
Check Point Certified Harmony Endpoint Specialist
Check Point Certified Multi-Domain Security Management Specialist
Check Point Certified Multi-Domain Security Management Specialist - R81
Check Point Certified Virtual System Extension Specialist
Check Point Certified Troubleshooting Administrator
Check Point Certified Troubleshooting Administrator - R81
Check Point Certified Troubleshooting Expert
Check Point Certified Troubleshooting Expert - R81
Cloud Network Security Expert - AWS
Cloud Network Security Expert - Azure
Hacking Point Courses
CCPE – A
AppSec for Developers
CCPE – C
CCPE – I
CCPE - IoT
CCPE – W
CCPE – AW
Advanced Web Hacking
CCPE – AI
Advanced Infrastructure Hacking
Certification Extensions & Renewals
Pass an Infinity Specialist Accreditation (ISA) to extend a valid Core certification for 1-year.
The ISA must be achieved after a Core certification to qualify for the extension
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.
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's core 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 Administrator - R81 (CCSA)
Course objectives are posted on the Learning & Training portal 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Option 1 - Extend the CCSA certification while the certification is still valid by passing an Infinity Specialist Accreditation exam for a one-year extension. You may do this two times with a valid CCSA.
Option 2 - Proceed to the CCSE to continue the certification path. This will not extend the CCSA.
Option 3 - Retake and pass the CCSA exam for another two-year extension.
Option 1 - 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 - Retake the CCSE for another two-year extension.
It is the means Pearson VUE uses to identify you as a candidate for Check Point exams and is assigned to you the first time you register with Pearson VUE for an exam. It will be in the form CP00000nnnnn and you should only have one Candidate ID.
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 same 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 and CCSE 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.
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.
If you are preparing for the CCSA certification and want to take the 156-215.81 exam, you can determine if you are ready by taking the 156-605 R81 CCSA practice exam. If you are preparing to complete the CCSE certification and want to take the 156-315.81 exam, you can determine if you are ready by taking the 156-606 R81 CCSE 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.
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.
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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