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Cybersecurity Certification and Training

The Fortinet Training Institute provides certification and training in the growing field of cybersecurity. The program includes a wide range of self-paced, instructor-led, and virtual instructor-led training, as well as practical, experiential exercises that demonstrate mastery of complex network security concepts. Book one of our scheduled classes or sign up for custom learning for your organization.

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NSE Certification Program Update

The NSE Certification program will be expanding in October 2023. All current courses, exams, and certifications will remain valid and are transferable to the updated program. For more information, please visit

2023 Training Institute Global Research Reports

Security Awareness and Training Global Research Brief
SAT With most cyberthreats targeting individuals directly, this report reveals the need for having an effective security awareness and training program for all employees. Read more on the critical roll employees play in protecting your network. Download the Report
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Global Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report
SAT Organizations are fighting an uphill battle against cyberthreats—incurring more breaches, in need of skilled professionals, and struggling to fill key positions. Download the Report
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Fortinet Surpasses 1 Million Network Security Expert (NSE) Certifications Issued

Fortinet has issued more than 1 million Network Security Expert (NSE) certifications to date, further advancing its commitment to close the cybersecurity skills gap. Adding to this milestone, Fortinet continues to expand the global impact of its training and certification programs with the addition of new courses in priority cybersecurity areas, new training partners, and by expanding access to cyber training and education to empower untapped talent.


Get NSE Certified: Eight Levels of Cybersecurity Certification

Cybersecurity Awareness Certification
NSE 1-3
Cybersecurity Technical Certification
NSE 4-6
Cybersecurity Advanced Certification
Cybersecurity Expert Certification
Understand the threat landscape and the evolution of cybersecurity. Learn how to implement, operate, and support Fortinet devices. Develop advanced skills in designing, implementing, supporting and integrating multiple Fortinet products. Gain expertise in complete network security architecture drawing on experience from other security disciplines.
Intended audience:
NSE 1, 2 and 3: Everyone
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Intended audience:
Network Security Administrators
Technical Support Engineers
System Engineers
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Intended audience:
IT Security Architects
Network Security Administrators
Technical Support Engineers
System Engineers
View NSE 7
Intended audience:
Network Security and Cybersecurity Professionals
View NSE 8

Training Delivery Options

Instructor-Led Training

Live sessions delivered either onsite (in-person), or online (over a virtual classroom application), includes standard NSE training content in scheduled public classes or privately on-premise.

  • Private courses also include possibility of content customization depending on customer needs.
  • Class length and size will vary depending upon the course.
  • Instructor delivers the training content and provides access to interactive labs where students reinforce the knowledge gained with hands-on activities.

Self-Paced E-Learning Training

Access to the NSE pre-recorded lessons, online videos, and digital resources through the NSE Training Institute portal.

  • All self-paced courses are open free of charge. Free self-paced course access includes the theoretical lectures of NSE training content.
  • On-demand lab access with interactive hands-on activities is available to purchase to enrich the students learning experience and reinforce the knowledge gained with pre-recorded NSE self-paced lessons.
  • If on-demand lab access is purchased, the self-paced course page will be enhanced with the lab link and lab guides, and it will be part of the requirements to complete the learning activities within the self-paced course.

Contact for customized Instructor-Led Training delivered on private premises, and/or for further information about how to purchase Fortinet Instructor-led Training, and on-demand hands-on lab access within the self-paced courses.   

Awards & Recognitions

2023 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards Winner 2023 Global InfoSec Awards Winner 2022 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Award Winner 2022 Silver Award Winner for Best Security Training and Educational Program 2022 Gold Award Winner for Best Cybersecurity Training 2021 Gold Award Winner for Best Security Training and Educational Programs
2023 CyberSecurity Excellence Award Winner for Best Cybersecurity Training Program and Security Awareness Program 2023 Global InfoSec Award Winner for Best Cybersecurity Training and Cutting-Edge Security Awareness Training 2022 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Award Winner for Best Security Awareness Training Platform 2022 Silver Award Winner for Best Security Training and Educational Program 2022 and 2021  Gold Award Winner for Best Cybersecurity Training 2021 Gold Award Winner for Best Security Training and Educational Programs

Cybersecurity Resources

Free Security Awareness and Training for K-12

As part of the White House National Cyber Workforce and Education Summit 2022, Fortinet announced a free education-focused version of its Security Awareness and Training service for all K-12 school districts in the U.S. 

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Free Training

Cybersecurity professionals, IT professionals, and teleworkers can take advantage of Fortinet’s complete curriculum of self-paced cybersecurity training courses at no cost.

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Education Pathways

Align NSE training to NICE framework job roles and find out how certification can increase experience and seniority, advance careers, or foster a move to cybersecurity.

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FortiGuard Threat Intelligence

FortiGuard Labs is the threat intelligence and research organization at Fortinet. Its mission is to provide the industry’s best threat intelligence to protect customers from malicious cyberattacks.

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Partnering to Close the Cybersecurity Skills Gap



*(ISC)² 2022 Cybersecurity Workforce Study

The Fortinet Training Institute’s ecosystem of public and private partnerships helps Fortinet further address the skills gap by increasing the access and reach of its cybersecurity certifications and training.

We work with global leaders like the World Economic Forum as part of our effort to drive change on the most pressing cybersecurity issues. Our partnerships extend to industry, academia, government, and nonprofits in an effort to reach more people and help close the cybersecurity skills gap.

Authorized Training Partners

Fortinet Authorized Training Centers provide a high-caliber learning experience delivered in both classroom and virtual delivery formats using official Fortinet courseware.

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Academic Partners

The Fortinet Program provides academic institutions with Fortinet's industry-recognized certification curriculum and resources to introduce students to a career in cybersecurity.

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Education Outreach Partners

As a leader in cybersecurity certification and training, Fortinet is helping empower individuals to reach their full potential and helping to build an inclusive and diverse security workforce.

Learn about the Education Outreach Program


Fortinet Security Awareness and Training Service

Information Security Awareness

The Fortinet Security Awareness and Training service helps IT, Security and Compliance leaders build a cyber-aware culture where employees recognize and avoid falling victim to cyberattacks.

The SaaS-based service is and aligned to NIST 800-50 and NIST 800-16 guidelines to provide training that is both engaging and relevant on topics such as information security awareness, data privacy, physical security, password protection and internet security.

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