Palo Alto Networks Academy

Palo Alto Networks Academy

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Kelly Caudle
Program Head, IT Academy

Get Palo Alto Networks certified with classes at Stanly Community College’s IT Academy (SCC/ITA). SCC/ITA offers these courses under the umbrella of Continuing Education. These fast-paced courses are conducted online. All course materials, assessments, and labs are available through our online learning management system. Students have access to top of the line instruction and equipment. We are currently teaching the 10.0 version of the Palo Alto Networks curriculum.

These classes also provided discount vouchers for the Palo Alto certifications listed below:

The following PANW certifications are proctored by the third-party testing company Pearson® VUE and we provide 40% discounted certification vouchers for faculty and students.

• Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA): Requires the ability to demonstrate knowledge of the key features of Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Firewall (NGFW). PCCNA w/ 40% discount will cost academies $84. (retail is $140)

Class Descriptions

Frequently Asked Questions

To start the process of taking a class in the IT Academy, you must first place your name on the wait list.  This can be done by clicking on the following link and selecting the class you wish to take: 

If you wish to take multiple classes, you must sign up on the wait list for each class you wish to take.  Once your name is on the wait list, our registration technicians will register for the classes in a First In First Out manner (FIFO).  We cannot guarantee you will be enrolled in the next set of classes at the IT Academy, but we will do everything we can to enroll you in a class as quickly as possible.  Once you are enrolled, the registration technicians send an email with payment details, and it is your responsibility to pay for the class in a timely manner.

Each course is 8 weeks (about 2 months) in length. 

Each course varies, but most of our courses will have at least one weekly meeting at a time to be determined by the instructor based on the students’ availability. These will be recorded if you are unable to attend. The rest of the material will be scheduled asynchronously. This will allow students to work in their own time, and at their own pace, which can be especially helpful for adult learners who need to balance their education with work and family responsibilities. It also provides a way for students who live far away from a school or university to participate in courses remotely. However, there will be quizzes, labs, and assignments with due dates to help you stay on track to finish the class. 

Yes, all IT Academy courses are offered in a fully online format.

IT Academy courses start after the regular semester class start date, but typically run five sets of 8-week courses throughout the year. Please check the schedule for exact dates for the next course. 

SCC’s IT Academy teaches EDU-210 Firewall Essentials: Configuration and Management utilizing PAN-OS 10. 


Once the class is over, the materials will not be available. Please complete the labs as many times as possible and view the content as much as possible during the set class dates.

Materials are provided free of charge through the Palo Alto Networks Academy. 

Yes. The discount voucher is 40% off the PCNSA exam.