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Overview

As you learn your way through Beacon, you’ll have opportunities to showcase your knowledge by taking quizzes within each learning path. These short assessments test your understanding of the key points our subject matter experts want you to take away from the content.

For each quiz you pass, you’ll earn Beacon Gold – our digital currency – which you can redeem for real-world rewards in The Beacon Shop.

How to Earn Beacon Gold

Beacon organizes content from all over Palo Alto Networks into multiple learning paths, each designed to give you a deep dive into the topic of your choice. As you progress through each learning path, you’ll be exposed to a wide array of content, followed by a Knowledge Check.

Knowledge Checks are quick, three- to five-question assessments designed by our subject-matter experts to ensure you understand the key takeaways from each learning path.

You’ll earn Beacon Gold when you score 100% on a Knowledge Check. How much you’ll earn varies based on the difficulty of each quiz. To assess the difficulty of a Knowledge Check before taking it, you can hover over the gold coin icon in the activity (see figure 1).

If you don’t pass a Knowledge Check the first time, don’t worry! You can click the “Retake” button to retry as many times as needed.

Don’t feel pressured to retake a Knowledge Check right away if you’re not ready. You can take your time revisiting any content you need to before trying again. The number of times you retry a quiz does not reduce its Beacon Gold value.

Note: You’ll only earn Beacon Gold the first time you pass a Knowledge Check.

How to View Your Beacon Gold Balance

You can check your Beacon Gold balance at any time by clicking the “My Profile” button in the menu in the top right-hand corner of the window.

On the Profile screen, you’ll see a “Rewards Store Balance” section where you can view your Beacon Gold balance.

How to Redeem Beacon Gold for Rewards

From your Profile page, click the “Redeem” button underneath your Beacon Gold Balance. This will take you to The Beacon Shop, our digital storefront, where you can redeem Beacon Gold for a wide array of rewards, from designer backpacks to fun items for children – or as we like to call them, our future cybersecurity heroes!

Once you’ve earned enough Beacon Gold for the reward you want, simply add it to your cart and hit the "Checkout" button. If your Beacon Gold balance is insufficient to purchase the contents of your cart, you’ll be prompted to go back to Beacon to earn more Beacon Gold.

On the Checkout page, you’ll be prompted to provide a shipping address. Once you’ve done so, hit "Place Order", and your item will be shipped within two (2) weeks.

A couple of things to note:

  • If you’re a federal or local government employee, you can still earn Beacon Gold, but you may not redeem it in The Beacon Shop.

  • If your preferred country is not listed in the address field on the checkout screen, we cannot deliver any item from The Beacon Shop to that country. Sorry about that!

If you have any questions about Beacon or Beacon Gold, check out our FAQ.

If you have any issues or questions relating to your order from The Beacon Shop, let our store manager - BrandVia - know at:

*Customer Service:
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customerservice3@brandvia.com

**Telephone:
**408 952 5888
M-F 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST | Excluding holidays

Love your Beacon swag? Let us know at beacon@paloaltonetworks.com.