Fortinet Certified Network Security Administrator – FCNSA

by Mirek Burnejko

FCNSAFCNSA – Fortinet Certified Network Security Administrator is one of three certifications from Fortinet.

This IT certification proves that you can manage network and security settings on FortiGate devices.

The FCNSA certification is easy to pass (38 questions, cost $150), so if you work with FortiGate appliances, visit the nearest examination center and prove your knowledge with this cert.

What Exams You Must Pass to Become a FCNSA

You must pass only one exam – FCNSA v4.2.

Fortinet recommends an official training before the exam, but it’s not required. You register to the exam and pass it.

Format of the FCNSA Exam

The exam isn’t so hard. You must answer 38 questions and you have 1 hour for that. The passing score equals 50%.

Where You Can Pass the FCNSA Exam

You can pass the exam in the nearest Pearson VUE examination center. Just visit this site. First, locate a test center in your city or country. Second, click “Schedule a Test”. You need to create a free account on the VUE site.

During a registration process you must:

  • Type your Fortinet ID (if you have one)
  • or
  • Request the ID (you will receive it from Fortinet to your email inbox)

How Much Does the FCNSA Exam Cost

The exam costs $150.

How To Renew your FCNSA Certification

This certification is connected with a major version of the software. In this example with Fortigate OS 4.x. Fortinet will send you details to your email after providing a new version of the software (for example 5.x) with instruction what you must do to renew your certification.

Scope of the FCNSA Exam

  • Authentication
  • Basic VPN Configuration
  • Content Inspection
  • Firewall Policies
  • FortiGate System Setup and Administration
  • FortiGuard Subscription Services
  • Fortinet Product Family
  • Logging and Alerts

How To Prepare to the Exam

Examples of Job Opportunities

Success Story

If you interested with sharing your success story with FCNSA please contact me.

Questions and Answers

Q: I have an old FCNSA certification. I was passing the exam with Fortigate OS 3.x. What I should do to renew my certification?
A: The FCNSA certifications at level v3.0 do not require re-certification at this time. Source.

  • Where request Fortinet ID?

    • As far as I remember, you can get it during a registration process on the Pearson VUE website.

      • Hi there, can you tell me where to get my FCNSA certification, I passed the exam today 🙂

        -Thank you
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        • Rupeshkumar

          Hi Mirek, i passed the exam FCNSA & FCNSP last 3 months ago, but sill i have not received the certificates, pls let me know from where can i get these certificates.
          -Thank you
          [email protected]

          • Mahdo86


            Me too, I pass the FCNSA V5 but still not received my certification.

            [email protected]

          • JK

            Hi jose congrat,please share with us you experience on how to pass this Exam

  • Gene De Bad

    I can not seem to find a book to study for the exams. The training classes are too expensive. Any books out there?