August 10, 2010

Red Hat Certification Program

The Red Hat Certification Program is Red Hat's professional certification program for Red Hat and general Linux related skills such as system administration on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

The tests are hands-on and involve troubleshooting, installation, and system administration. There are no multiple-choice questions, and everything is done on a live system. Often there is more than one way to configure a service or troubleshoot a problem, and the exam focuses on the end results, not the process that was taken to achieve that result.

The most common and well-known Red Hat certification is the Red Hat Certified Engineer.


  • Red Hat Certified Technician
    The entry-level Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) certification focuses on Linux in a networked environment. The test is performance-based on competency on live systems and an ability to configure network and security services under servers running Red Hat.

  • Red Hat Certified Engineer
    The Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) program expands the RHCT with a focus on services and security.

  • Red Hat Certified Security Specialist
    The Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS). This certification includes two endorsement exams from the RHCA plus a Security-Enhanced Linux exam. It has been offered since 2005-10-13.

  • Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist
    The Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS) has three of the five RHCA endorsements and specializes in system deployment, virtualization, and clustering and includes a class on the Red Hat Directory Server.

  • Red Hat Certified Architect
    The Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) requires an additional five endorsements to the RHCE that adds an enterprise-level focus. From clustering to deploying systems, these five exams ensure the student can deploy systems at the Enterprise level. Red Hat offers a four-day class for each course that can include the exam on the fifth day.
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