Stanly Community College is an authorized Palo Alto Academy, and the course we offer is an accredited Palo Alto course. It is designed to prepare students to sit for the Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) exam.

This course is offered under the umbrella of Continuing Education, and it is conducted online, including labs, in an asynchronous manner which basically means it is available to students 24/7. Students can study at their own pace provided they meet the minimum due dates set by the instructor. The courses are 8 weeks in length, and the current tuition & lab fee costs total $185.00US. We are currently teaching the 8.0 version of the Palo Alto curriculum.

The next class begins 25 October 2017, and it available on our website for open enrollment. If you cannot register for the upcoming class, but would like to be notified when it is offered again in January, please add your information to our online waitlist at Just choose Palo Alto Firewall Installation, Configuration & Management from the drop-down menu. We will contact you when the class is scheduled.

At this time, due to evolving changes in higher education regulations, SCC is unable to serve all of the students that are interested in our courses or programs. SCC will no longer be able to offer distance education online programs or courses for students residing in Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Puerto Rico.

More information can be found on our website at If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.