Red Hat Inc. provides open-source software solutions to more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies, including Internet service providers, airlines, health care companies, and commercial banks. The company has been for more than two decades and is known for its Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution. Red Hat provides a fully open technology stack that can adapt to your needs: not linked to the vision of the software vendor or the battery component. The Red Hat product and service portfolio also includes JBoss middleware, cross-platform virtualization, cloud computing (CloudForms and OpenStack) and more.

Red Hat provides numerous professional certifications based on its software products, including operating systems, virtualization, storage, and cloud-based solutions.

Red Hat Certification Program Overview

The Red Hat Certification Program is aimed at system administrators, engineers, architects, business developers, application administrators and cloud and virtualization administrators who use RHEL in their IT infrastructure. While many certification exams involve multiple-choice questions or blank questions about specific technologies, Red Hat must perform real-world tasks with Red Hat technologies to pass the exams.

Traditionally, Red Hat did not offer certification exams until after completing a training course. If you wish, you can now take a Red Hat exam on your schedule outside of workouts. Each exam session is conducted in a secure system at a professionally supervised exam center. These centers located in selected cities in the United States. United States, Europe and Asia.

If you have received the Red Hat certification, become a certified Red Hat expert. This provides access to Red Hat Certification Central, which allows you to connect with potential employers, join the Red Hat community, create study groups, and collaborate on projects. Besides, you can explore the Red Hat training options and easily schedule individual exam sessions. Reductions on recertification exams  also offered.

Red Hat Administrator, engineer, and architect certifications

The largest group of Red Hat certifications are for system administrators, engineers, and architects. Some of the most certifications are  The Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA), the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), and the Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA).

The RHCA is Red Hat's most versatile credential. In 2018, Red Hat made several changes to the RHCA program. Red Hat now offers two separate RHCA credentials: the Red Hat Certified Architect for Business Applications and the Red Hat Certified Architect for Infrastructure. In the past year, Red Hat has withdrawn many of its credentials, as you can see in the long list of "Retired Certifications" on the "All Company Certifications" page. Candidates who have previously passed the certification exams that are now retired can continue to apply these retired certifications to the current certification tracks. For more information, visit the certification overview page for each certification.


RHCSA: Red Hat Certified System Administrator

RHCSA certification is for experienced Red Hat administrators. Some organizations must comply with the US Department of Defense 8570 directive. This is also a requirement for the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE).

Red Hat recommends three training sessions in preparation for RHCSA certification. The Windows management classes are Red Hat System Administration I (RH124) and Red Hat System Administration II (RH134). Candidates may also take a Linux / UNIX Administrator Course - RHCSA Rapid Track Course RH199 - to prepare for the RHCSA exam.

To receive RHCSA certification, candidates must pass the 2.5-hour RHCSA exam (EX200).

RHCE: Red Hat Certified Engineer

RHCE certification is designed for experienced system administrators and meets the requirements of the US Department of Defense 8570 Directive.

To obtain RHCE certification, you must first obtain RHCSA certification. The recommended training for RHCE certification is based on your knowledge. Windows administrators with minimal Linux skills should complete the Red Hat I and II Systems Management Courses (RH124 and RH134) and the Red Hat III System Administration Course (RH254) to prepare for the exam.

Linux or UNIX administrators with one to three years of experience should take the RHCSA Rapid Track Course (RH199) and Red Hat System Administration III (RH254) courses to prepare for the exam. RHCEs seeking a new certification or candidates wishing to undergo a laboratory review prior to the RHCE test must obtain the RHCE Certification Laboratory (RH299). The Certification Lab is a four-day opportunity to collaborate with Red Tracker Systems Labs I, II and III and the crash course under the guidance of an instructor.


RHCA certification is the highest certification. Red Hat has changed the RHCA program to be more flexible than the incarnations of previous programs, depending on the applicant's specific areas of interest and experience. Currently, Red Hat offers two RHCA credentials:

RHCA in the infrastructure of Red Hat Certified Engineers (RHCE); Y.

RHCA in commercial applications for Red Hat Certified Business Microservices (RHCEMD) or Red Hat Certified JBoss (RHCJD) developers

Red Hat recommends specific certification combinations to achieve RHCA in infrastructure or RHCA in commercial applications. The RHCA in commercial applications has three recommended certification combinations: application acceleration and integration; Application automation, or DevOps, Container, and OpenShift. While not mandatory, Red Hat recommends that all candidates receive the Red Hat Certified Specialist for OpenShift application development and the Red Hat Certified Specialist for Enterprise Application Server Administrations.

There are four recommended certifications: Open Hybrid Cloud, DevOps, Container and OpenShift, Red Hat OpenStack platform, and the Linux Championship.

Related Jobs and Careers

With most Fortune 500 companies currently using Red Hat open source solutions, the value of IT professionals familiar with Red Hat Linux technologies has long recognized. Trained Red Hat professionals are critical to the successful creation and maintenance of Red Hat solutions that offer lasting value.

Regardless of the type used, there is a constant and permanent requirement for qualified IT professionals, such as administrators, systems engineers, and architects.

System administrators provide the basis for implementing Red Hat Linux solutions. As operating system experts, system administrators have a thorough knowledge of the most essential Linux tools, as well as file systems and storage. Typical tasks include creating, configuring, deploying and maintaining Linux systems, as well as performing software updates and maintaining system security.

Not only do system engineers have the same capabilities as administrators, but they are also experts in setting runtime parameters and automating system maintenance using shell scripts. Linux system engineers are also experts in system configuration and remote registry, static routes (including packet filtering and network address translation), Small Internet Computer System Interface (iSCSI) initiators, and network services such as File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Simple Mail Transmission Protocol (SMTP), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Secure Shell (SSH) and more. On an average, annually the Red hat System administrator salary in the USA as of Oct 2019 is  $115,180

When system administrators are the foundation for implementing Red Hat solutions, architects are the authors and finalists when it comes to implementing, deploying, and maintaining Red Hat solutions. The architects define Red Hat Linux programs and participate in all phases of Red Hat design projects: creating, developing, and testing the proposed solutions, integrating with existing systems, defining the overall architecture of the solution, and creating the solution. As experts in the field, Red Hat Linux architects formulate and provide RHEL technology recommendations, provide the required documentation, and provide guidance and support for the installation.