The Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) exam tests your knowledge of the core features and functions of Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls, and serves as an objective indication of your ability to configure Palo Alto Networks firewalls using PAN-OS. 


Passing the ACE exam indicates that you possess the basic knowledge to successfully configure Palo Alto Networks firewalls using PAN-OS.  The exam also serves as a study aid to prepare for PCNSE certification.


Exam Format

The ACE exam is web-based and consists of 40-50 multiple-choice questions. The exam is not timed, and you can retake it as many times as necessary to earn a passing score.


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Preparing for the Exam

To pass the ACE exam, you need foundational knowledge of, and hands-on familiarity with, PAN-OS configuration. The best way to gain this knowledge is to take the Firewall 8.1 Essentials: Configuration and Management course. This courseware can is available in both Instructor Led Training and self-paced e-Learning formats.

Taking the Exam

The ACE exam is delivered through the Palo Alto Networks Learning Center.  

Click on the following link to register for the appropriate exam: 

Request the ACE Exam (PAN-OS 8.1 version)





For additional details about the ACE exam, please refer to the ACE Frequently Asked Questions list (ACE FAQs).