Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE)


The Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) exam tests your knowledge of the core features and functions of Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls. The ACE exam is web-based and consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. The exam is not timed, and you can retake it as many times as necessary to earn a passing score.

Exam Objectives

The primary goal of the ACE exam is to serve as an objective indication of your ability to configure Palo Alto Networks firewalls using the PAN-OS. To pass the ACE exam, you need a foundational knowledge of, and hands-on familiarity, with PAN-OS configuration.


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Recertification Requirements

There are no recertification requirements for you.  Currently, the ACE accreditation is tied to a specific PAN-OS version. For example, the ACE 5.0 exam is based on PAN-OS version 5.0. Partners may have recertification requirements.


Passing the ACE exam indicates that you possess the basic knowledge to successfully configure Palo Alto Networks firewalls using the PAN-OS.  The exam also serves as a study aid for you to prepare for CNSE certification. Finally, the ACE exam is a requirement for access to the migration tool.


For additional details about the ACE exam, please refer to the ACE frequently asked questions (ACE FAQs).