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Training and Certification FAQs

Find answers to commonly asked questions about our program.

What certifications are available?

Check Point certifications are structured around comprehensive courses that provide students with hands-on experience with Check Point products. Certifications include:

Core Security courses establish a strong foundation in essential Check Point product knowledge and skills
Certifications Courses Exams
CCSPA
Check Point Certified Security Principles Associate
Principles of Network Security #156-110
CCSA NGX
Check Point Certified Security Administrator NGX
Check Point Security Administration NGX I #156-215
CCSE NGX
Check Point Certified Security Expert NGX
Check Point Security Administration NGX I #156-215
Check Point Security Administration NGX II #156-315
Accelerated CCSE NGX
Check Point Certified Security Expert NGX
Accelerated CCSE NGX #156-915

Advanced Specializations recognize your proficiency and expertise in specific disciplines and technologies
Certifications Courses Exams
CCSE Plus NG with AI
Check Point Certified Security Expert plus
High Availability and Troubleshooting NG with Application Intelligence
Check Point NG with Application Intelligence -Management I #156-210.4
Check Point NG with Application Intelligence -Management II #156-310.4
Check Point NG with Application Intelligence -Management III #156-510.4
CCMSE NG with AI
Check Point Managed Security Expert NG with Application Intelligence
Check Point NG with Application Intelligence -Management I #156-210.4
Check Point NG with Application Intelligence -Management II #156-310.4
Managing Multiple Sites Using Provider-1 NG with Application Intelligence #156-810.4
CCMSE NG with AI plus VSX™
Check Point Managed Security Expert NG with Application Intelligence plus VSX
Check Point NG with Application Intelligence -Management I #156-210.4
Check Point NG with Application Intelligence -Management II #156-310.4
Managing Multiple Sites Using Provider-1 NG with Application Intelligence #156-810.4
VPN-1/Firewall-1 VSX Management #156-811.4

CCSA NG with AI and CCSE NG with AI certifications, courses and exams will continue to be available through August, 2006.

What are the prerequisites for each Check Point certification?

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.

Certifications Prerequisites
CCSPA
Check Point Certified Security Principles Associate
None
CCSA NGX
Check Point Certified Security Administrator NGX
TCP/IP and routing fundamentals
CCSE NGX
Check Point Certified Security Expert NGX
CCSA NGX
Accelerated CCSE NGX
Check Point Certified Security Expert NGX
CCSE NG or CCSE NG with AI
CCSE Plus NG with AI
Check Point Certified Security Expert plus High Availability and Troubleshooting NG with Application Intelligence
CCSE NG with AI
CCMSE NG with AI
Check Point Managed Security Expert NG with Application Intelligence
CCSE NG with AI
CCMSE NG with AI Plus VSXTM
Check Point Managed Security Expert NG with Application Intelligence plus VSX
CCMSE NG with AI
Does my certification expire?
The validity period for all CCSEs is officially pegged to the release of the Enterprise product commercially available at the time certification was earned, and certification shall be current until after 3 major releases of the Network Security Enterprise product. Therefore, CCSE certifications earned based on NG and before will be considered "INACTIVE". All CCSEs earned on Check Point NG with Application Intelligence will remain current until the next major release of Check Point NGX.

Implications: It is NOT mandatory that the CCSE take the new course - only update their certification. The CCSE can take the Accelerated CCSE NGX R65 exam # 156-915.65, and if needed take the 2 days Accelerated CCSE NGX R65 course to help prepare for the exam. Upon passing the exam, the CCSE will be considered "ACTIVE".

Example: The last certification achieved by the person was CCSE NG, and since then CP has issued three major releases R55, R60, R65; therefore, the CCSE which was achieved on NG is considered "INACTIVE" as the professional knowledge which is required today to handle Check Point products is significantly different
Where can I take a Check Point certification exam?
Check Point exams are offered 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.
Do I have to take classes in order to take the exams?
No, it is possible to take an exam with only your own experience and 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.
What courses should I take to prepare for the exams?

To help prepare for exams, you should take the following corresponding courses:

Core Security courses establish a strong foundation in essential Check Point product knowledge and skills
Certifications Courses Exams
CCSPA
Check Point Certified Security Principles Associate

Principles of Network Security

#156-110

CCSA NGX
Check Point Certified Security Administrator NGX

Check Point Security Administration NGX I

#156-215

CCSE NGX
Check Point Certified Security Expert NGX

Check Point Security Administration NGX I

#156-215

Check Point Security Administration NGX II #156-315
Accelerated CCSE NGX
Check Point Certified Security Expert NGX

Accelerated CCSE NGX

#156-915


Advanced Specializations recognize your proficiency and expertise in specific disciplines and technologies
Certifications Courses Exams
CCSE plus NG with AI
Check Point Certified Security Expert plus
High Availability and Troubleshooting NG with Application Intelligence
Check Point Security Administration NGX I #156-210.4
Check Point Security Administration NGX II #156-310.4
Check Point Security Administration NGX III #156-510.4
CCMSE NG with AI
Check Point Managed Security Expert NG with Application Intelligence
Check Point Security Administration NGX I #156-210.4
Check Point Security Administration NGX II #156-310.4
Managing Multiple Sites Using Provider-1 NG with Application Intelligence #156-810.4
CCMSE NG with AI plus VSX
Check Point Managed Security Expert NG with Application Intelligence plus VSX
Check Point Security Administration NGX I #156-210.4
Check Point Security Administration NGX II #156-310.4
Managing Multiple Sites Using Provider-1 NG with Application Intelligence #156-810.4
VPN-1/Firewall-1 VSX Management #156-811.4
Is courseware available for purchase?

Course materials to help you prepare for CCSA and CCSE certification can be purchased from ATCs designated as Check Point Courseware Distributors. Email us for a list of approved distributors in your area.

Other product courses and training materials can be purchased directly from Check Point through our Courseware Order page.

Is study material available?
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 Centers (ATC) partners.
Where can I find training classes?
Courses are offered through our network of over 230 Authorized Training Centers around the globe. Use our partner locator to find an ATC near you and sign up for training today!
Are classes available globally?
Yes! We have ATCs in over 42 countries worldwide - just use our 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 training@ts.checkpoint.com and ask about on-site training options.
How long are the classes recommended for certification exams?

Check Point recommends minimum time frames for each course, but individual ATCs may choose to adjust the time to offer more 'intensive' courses or to cover topics in more detail. You should check with your local ATC for the exact length of each course to be sure the time fits your schedule.

Here are the course durations recommended by Check Point:

Core Security courses establish a strong foundation in essential Check Point product knowledge and skills
Courses Duration Certifications

Principles of Network Security

3 days CCSPA
Check Point Certified Security Principles Associate

Check Point NG with Application Intelligence - Management I

2 days CCSA NGX
Check Point Certified Security Administrator NGX

Check Point NG with Application Intelligence - Management I

2 days CCSE NGX
Check Point Certified Security Expert NGX
Check Point NG with Application Intelligence - Management II 3 days

Accelerated CCSE NGX

2 days Accelerated CCSE NGX
Check Point Certified Security Expert NGX

Advanced Specializations recognize your proficiency and expertise in specific disciplines and technologies
Courses Duration Certifications

Check Point NG with Application Intelligence -Management I

3 days CCSE Plus NG with AI
Check Point Certified Security Expert plus High Availability and Troubleshooting NG with Application Intelligence
Check Point NG with Application Intelligence -Management II 2 days
Check Point NG with Application Intelligence -Management III 4 days

Check Point NG with Application Intelligence -Management I

3 days CCMSE NG with AI Check Point Managed Security Expert NG with Application Intelligence
Check Point NG with Application Intelligence -Management II 2 days
Managing Multiple Sites Using Provider-1 NG with Application Intelligence 2 days

Check Point NG with Application Intelligence -Management I

3 days CCMSE NG with AI plus VSX
Check Point Managed Security Expert NG with Application Intelligence plus VSX
Check Point NG with Application Intelligence -Management II 2 days
Managing Multiple Sites Using Provider-1 NG with Application Intelligence 2 days
VPN-1/Firewall-1 VSX Management 2 days
I know that CCSA certification is a prerequisite for CCSE. Can I achieve a CCSE NGX certification with a CCSA NG or NG with AI certification?

No. Since NGX is a completely new product version with many new features, only CCSA NGX certification provides the background needed to be a prerequisite to CCSE NGX certification.

However, if you have a CCSE NG or CCSE NG with Application Intelligence certification, you are eligible to take our upgrade course, Accelerated CCSE NGX and then exam #156-915 to earn your CCSE NGX certification.

When will my NG certifications expire?
Check Point Certifications are valid through the life span of the version that the certification is based on.
How can I learn about updates in the Check Point Certified Professional Program?
You can always find the latest information on our News and Updates page, including special offers on the most in-demand courses and certifications. If you are a certified professional, you'll proactively be notified in our Certified Professionals Only Newsletter.
Why is my Check Point Professional ID Number important?
It represents your personal identification with Check Point.
How do I get my Check Point Professional ID Number?
It is assigned to you when you register with VUE for the first time to take an exam, and should be something like CP00000nnnnn.
When do I use my Check Point Professional ID Number?
Whenever you contact VUE to register for another exam session or contact Check Point regarding any certification issue.
Why do I need to provide an e-mail address?
An email address is necessary in order to create your User Center account - your access point for certification benefits - as well as keep you up to date with any important changes or updates.
If I change jobs, will I still have access to my certification information and benefits?
Yes! Your certification is yours. However, if your email address is based on your work email you may need to create a new User Center account and request that your information be moved to your new account. To request this change please email certification@ts.checkpoint.com.
How do I advise Check Point of any change of address or other relevant information?
You can send your profile updates to certification@ts.checkpoint.com.
I just passed my exams. When can I expect to receive my certificate?
Once we receive your exam results we'll update your User Center account with your new credentials. We update new credentials to your User Center account twice every month, giving you immediate access to your online benefits such as Advanced Access to SecureKnowledge, the CPO Website, and more. Your certification welcome kit will be processed at the same time and should arrive through regular international mail within 6 to 8 weeks.
How do I access my benefits?

Create a User Center account with the same e-mail address you used with VUE to get access to your benefits, including the CPO Website and Advanced Access to SecureKnowledge.

Go to User Center and create your account now!

How do I find the Certified Professionals Only site?
Log in to User Center with your account and go to "My Profile" ... "Certifications" and look for "Access Benefits" Profile. This link goes directly to the Certified Professionals Only Website.
Do I have access to Check Point online technical support?
Yes. As a Certified Professional you have Advanced Access to SecureKnowledge, our online technical knowledge database with thousands of solutions, how to articles, and troubleshooting tips to solve your most difficult issues.
Are there logos associated with Check Point certifications?
Yes. As a certified professional you have usage rights to the logo for your certification level. Logos for each Check Point certification are downloadable from the CPO Website.
Will becoming a Check Point Certified Professional improve my career or employment opportunities?

Companies hire certified professionals to ensure maximum security and availability of valuable business assets, and know certified professionals are more efficient, productive, and deliver lower total cost of ownership from Check Point solutions. And as one of over 50,000 Check Point Certified Professionals worldwide, you'll get immediate recognition of your experience, knowledge, and abilities while investing in your professional development and security career.

In Demand
Check Point solutions are used by 100% of Fortune 100 companies - and a recent survey of CIOs ranked Check Point as the #1 desired security skill set. More…

Valuable
Security certified professionals averaged a 14.1 percent salary increase for 2004 as reported by a Certification Magazine salary survey.

Tangible ROI
CRN Magazine ranked CCSA and CCSE as two of the top certifications to garner solution providers the best return on investment (ROI). More…

Where do I go to access my benefits?
All benefits are accessed through your User Center account, so if you don't already have one, create one now. For additional questions or help please email certification@ts.checkpoint.com.
Why is my certification information not listed in my User Center account?

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 ensure the e-mail account you gave to 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.

If you do not see your benefits or certification listed with your User Center account, send an email to certification@ts.checkpoint.com and we'll try to resolve the issue for you.

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 NGX and CCSE NGX 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-$200, but exact pricing is available through Pearson VUE.
Where can I take a Check Point certification exam?
Check Point exams are offered through Pearson VUE, a third party testing vendor with over 3,500 testing centers worldwide. Register for your exam at a testing location near you.
What is the format of the exams?
The exams are composed of multiple choice and scenario questions.
How long are the exams?

The following countries are given 90 minutes to complete the exam; all other regions get 120 minutes:

  • Australia
  • Bermuda
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Ireland
  • South Africa
  • UK
  • US
Are the Check Point certification exams adaptive?
Not at this time, but we are collecting the data to create adaptive exams.
Do any of the exams contain questions where the correct answer relies on the selection of multiple responses, even though the exam doesn't indicate to check more than one?
Although the instructions for each exam state that there is one BEST answer, in truth the best answer may be a combination of more than one in the final results. We do this to evaluate how each student reaches their conclusion and makes difficult choices, just like you will be faced with on the job. However, there is no partial credit for incorrectly marked questions.
Should I have experience with Check Point products before attempting to pass an exam?
We recommend you have at least 6 months to 1 year of experience with the products before attempting to challenge a certification exam.
Can I take the CCSA and CCSE exams on the same day?
Yes, you can take the CCSA exam and later that same day challenge the CCSE exam.
Does Check Point have an exam retake policy?

Yes. If you fail an exam and want to retake it, the following applies:

  • Wait 24 hours after first failed attempt
  • Wait 30 days after each subsequent attempt thereafter

Note: Once you pass an exam you cannot take it again.

I have taken the exam twice, and scored exactly the same thing. How is this possible? Is there a problem with the exam or the testing software?

This is actually quite common, and indicates how reliable Check Point's exams are in testing your knowledge and skills. To create the best certification exams, we focus on consistency and on how an exam will measure competencies.

There is a related learning/testing condition called "plateauing". Let's say you've studied hard, practiced the labs and exercises, and absorbed all you can through the current study approach. Studies and experience show you will consistently score the same regardless how much you review the material beyond that point.

In this case the best solution for you would be to take a different study approach to gain new insight, and retain more knowledge than you would in just one method - we suggest taking an additional class, or working through some different practice exercises.

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.
What happened to the Check Point Certified Security Instructor (CCSI) certification?
Check Point Certified Security Instructor (CCSI) certification was a requirement for instructors with our ATC partners to teach Check Point courses, designed to ensure effective teaching. CCSI course materials and certifications were retired in June 2004 in favor of the CompTia CTT+ certification, and is the current requirement for instructors who want to teach Check Point courses.