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  • 1.  NSE 8

    Posted Apr 28, 2020 08:31 AM

    I would like to ask all of the NSE 8 engineers and every Fortinet employee here what is the value of NSE 8 with the last partner program change?

    It seems that the advantages of a partner company getting an NSE 8 engineer have gone to almost 0, which in return makes the certificate value close to 0.

    I don't know if anyone else had that feeling, but apart from getting self credit that you can achieve something the exam is worthless.

    Please let me know your thoughts,


  • 2.  RE: NSE 8

    Posted May 05, 2020 08:09 AM

    Hello Sotir,


    First of all, we hope you and your family are safe and healthy.

    Our apologies for the delayed response. These have been hectic days. The demand for training and content is enormous.


    As an NSE8, you understand more than anyone that the principal value of the certification is not on its benefits to the partner organization, but rather the NSE8 individuals; the real value is on its exclusiveness and the knowledge you need to get there. NSE8 certification is one of the most challenging and rewarding certifications in the industry.

    You also know that becoming NSE8 certified it's not easy, and the main reason behind this is because of its complexity, the real experience (hands-on) than the candidate must have, the Fortinet's broad product and solution knowledge plus some other advanced technical components. This is not another simple and basic certification; this is a high-level new approach to define who is a real Network and Security Expert.

    We know that there are still some things to accomplish and some formal benefits to communicate, but believe me, we are working on it, it will be formally communicated once they are ready. If you have had the opportunity to join any of our special events (Accelerate, Xperts Academies, or similar), you should have experienced the special attention that we provide to the NSE8s attending. One of the reasons behind this is because you are special; we understand all the efforts behind getting our top technical certification.


    About the partner program, if you are NSE8 certified, you automatically get the Data Center Specialization with all the related benefits.


    Thank you for sharing your concerns, we appreciate that. We will keep our evolution to make the Training Program more and more competitive, with more and more tools and experiences for you to learn and enjoy the ride with us.


    Thank you,

    Vadin M. Corrales
    Sr. Manager, NSE Advanced Technical Enablement (NATE)
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    NSE Certified: Level 8 NSE8#003072
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  • 3.  RE: NSE 8

    Posted May 13, 2020 09:39 AM
    Hi Vadin,

    Thank you for the reply, and sorry for my late reply too.

    I appreciate that the principal value for me is verification that i own certain knowledge to get to NSE8, however having a partner status request for an NSE 8 meant that each company will help their employees get there, pay courses, pay exams (which are not cheap). Like this i don't really see the need for a company to help their employees get beyond NSE 7. Yes Datacentre specialization is here, but i don't see commercial benefit of it for the partner.

    When it comes to the events and special attention NSE 8 have, i haven't been on one, but honestly, attention doesn't get you paid or employed :)

    If you check other vendors, especially Cisco you will see that they make sure Partner organization hire the highest skilled workers to be top level partner. For Cisco gold partner status you need 4 CCIE level engineers, which drives people and companies to get and hire these individuals, and the market value of the certificate is high.

    Thank you again for your reply,

    Kind regards,