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Check Point Training & Certifications

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.

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.

Certified Security Master (CCSM)

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.
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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.


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  • 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 core exams are 100 questions 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 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.  
  • 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. The Check Point Security Master certification job profile suggests five years’ experience before challenging the exam. Of course, this varies by individual.
  • 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.  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.
  • 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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