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Red Hat certifications and training

The first version of Red Hat Linux was launched in 1994, and the company's training and certification program followed suit in 1999. Just as the Open Source Software (OSS) community has grown and flourished over the last fifteen years, so has Red Hat's certification program.

Types of certifications offered by Red Hat

Red Hat currently offers a large number of certifications for its various products, based around the following information technology (IT) industry job role categories:

  • System Administrators, Engineers, and Architects
  • Enterprise Developers and Application Administrators
  • Cloud and Virtualization Administrators

Some certifications are actually add-on certificates for other certifications in the program. And certain Red Hat certifications can only be earned by achieving multiple certifications or certificates.

List of Red Hat certifications

This is a list of the current Red Hat certifications, organized by their IT industry job role categories.

System Administrators, Engineers and Architects

  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) -- for experienced Red Hat Enterprise Linux system admins, and for students who have taken the necessary training
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) -- more advanced than the RHCSA, it incorporates more complex knowledge of network design and configuration topics
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Deployment and Systems Management -- an add-on to the RHCE, it deals with managing large installations of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Red Hat Satellite, a set of network management tools
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Clustering and Storage Management -- a RHCE add-on certificate, based on creating high-availability services using Cluster Suite and Global File System
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Performance Tuning -- another RHCE add-on certificate that focuses on fine-tuning network performance
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening -- a RHCE add-on certificate, it deals with securing Red Hat Enterprise Linux networks against attacks or unauthorized access
  • Red Hat Certified JBoss Administrator (RHCJA) -- aimed at IT pros who can install, configure and manage the Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
  • Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS) -- requires multiple Red Hat certifications, and meant for experts who know how to create and manage data centers
  • Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) -- the highest designation a Red Hat Certified Engineer can earn, requiring the achievement of one of a number of designated combinations of certifications and certificates

Enterprise Developers and Application Administrators

  • Red Hat Certified JBoss Developer (RHCJD) -- for software developers building Java Enterprise Edition applications
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Enterprise Service Bus -- for enterprise application developers who can get unrelated applications to "talk to each other" using the Enterprise Service Bus
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Camel Development -- aimed at developers responsible for creating and maintaining enterprise integration services based on Red Hat JBoss Fuse and Apache Camel application program interfaces (APIs)
  • Red Hat Certified JBoss Administrator (RHCJA) -- covers the Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, including how to deploy applications on this platform

Cloud and Virtualization Administrators

  • Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA) -- for system administrators who deploy and manage virtualization solutions based on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Hybrid Cloud Storage -- covering how to create and manage robust storage solutions for local and hybrid clouds
  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack -- focuses on how to create and manage private clouds using Red Hat's OpenStack Platform
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Platform-as-a-Service -- based on creating and managing a cloud application platform with OpenShift Enterprise

Information about examinations

Red Hat certification exams can contain both multiple-choice questions and "performance-based" questions. Performance-based questions require candidates to perform actual tasks in a simulated computing environment.

Red Hat exams are offered through Individual Exam Session locations. The list of locations is available from the Red Hat website www.redhat.com.

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