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Check Point Certification Pyramid

With the new R80 exams it's time for an updated
Check Point Certification Pyramid

CCSM_R80.pngCCSM
Security Master
Exams: Any prior CCSM or 156-315.80, 156-115.80
Automation.pngCCAS
Automation
Specialist
Exam: 156-520
Endpoint.pngCCES
Endpoint
Specialist
Exam: 156-530
MDSM.pngCCMS
Multi-Domain
Specialist
Exam: 156-540
VSX.pngCCVS
VSX
Specialist
Exam: 156-550
CCCS
Cloud
Specialist
Exam: 156-560
Maestro.pngCCME
Maestro Expert
Exam: 156-835
Practice: 156-412
CCTE
Troubleshooting Expert
Exams: 156-315.80, 156-585
CCSE
Security Expert
Exams: 156-215.80, 156-315.80
Practice: 156-604
CCSE Update
Security Expert
Exams: Any prior CCSE, 156-915.80
Practice: 156-604

CCTA
Troubleshooting Administrator
Exams: 156-215.80, 156-580

CCSA
Security Administrator
Exam: 156-215.80
Practice: 156-603
 

Jumpstart.pngJump Start

Exam: 156-411
 

 

I only considered real Pearson VUE exams and did neither include sales exams, accreditations, CCSP, HackingPoint, Cyber Range trainings nor the online SkyPrep courses. It seems that Check Point Education is creating a completely new series of Specialist exams. Interesting times!
 
Check Point Education is: @shay_solomon , @Jason_Tugwell , @Toni_Ponder , @tramsey , Matthew Frey , Vanessa Johnson and others.
 

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Thanks for the listing Danny, good overview of the "core" topics/certs.

However, kinda wrong focus when it comes to the "new" exams if you ask me.

I don't really understand why courses like the automation, maestro, endpoint or cloud specialist release prior to an actual updated VSX/MDM course. In my opinion MDM and VSX are technologies that somebody will encounter quite often in the market. If such person did not work with Check Point prior to R80 she or he is simply lost as no updated training is available. 

I mean yes, the Multi-Domain Security Mangement Specialist is coming - but still, VSX is not even planned so far, as the previous course that included VSX and MDM was splitted in two. I also don't understand why the CCSE does not include VSX and MDM at least partly. The certification is called "Expert" (or "Engineer" - seems to both be the case regarding to the official documents) but does not loose a word about MDM or VSX at all. I mean sure, the three days training is very short, but maybe this could be extended to 4 with the addition of the just mentioned technologies. Maybe extra day could also be optional for the ones who are interested. Also an intro to the specialist topics would be really helpful in the e.g. CCSA course, so that you can get a brief overview of the topics to then decide if you want to dig deeper into them.

At least thats my opinion, the certification program looks like it becomes a forest of certs that no one really has a clue what it is about. I mean honestly quantity < quality.

 

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@Maik , the new VSX exam is in preparation. Within the last weeks many CCSIs have provided their 15+ exam questions to Check Point Education so they can now review them, remove duplicates, fix spelling, build up the question pool, schedule beta exams and finally make the exam public on Pearson VUE.

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Thanks @Danny, I was not aware of the upcoming VSX exam. Still R80 is available for 3-4 to years now.

@Jason_Tugwellis it possible to extend someones CCSA or CCSE when she or he is taking a specialist certificate after passing the A or E level? Like for example it was possible for the special tests regarding the CCSE until last year. Would be kinda handy if for example the automation specialist would allow an already certified CCSA or CCSE to have the title for 6 more months in addition.

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This is something we are considering for the future but not possible right now.
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Any idea on when the CCCS training and Certification will be available in the US?

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Pearl

The CCCS course is already available.

You just need to find an ATC that offers this training > ask Nexum for a course date.
In Germany ExperTeach (@Yasushi_Kono1) is already offering the course.

The accompanying exam will be released soon. I'll keep you informed.

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Thanks!
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Pearl

Just the badges for the CCCS and CCTA haven't been published yet.

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