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What is the purpose of the Red Hat's certification programs?
Red Hat certification programs validate people's technical skills and knowledge. Organizations hiring employees, contractors, and consultants can look to Red Hat certifications as an input into hiring, assignment, promotion, and other management decisions. Similarly, individuals who earn these certifications benefit by having official, impartial validation of their skills and knowledge.
What is meant by "performance-based" testing?
Performance-based testing is testing by doing — that is, by having examinees perform real-world tasks similar to those they must perform in a job role. Performance-based testing is also called hands-on or practical testing. All Red Hat certification exams are performance-based tests and Red Hat is the industry leader in IT performance-based testing.
What sort of identification is required in order to take the test?
A government-issued photo identification is required in most areas. Candidates in regions for which government-issued photo IDs are not available should contact their local Red Hat office or their authorized Red Hat training partner for guidance on acceptable forms of identification.
What are the Individual Exam Sessions?
Individual Exam Sessions are a convenient alternative to Red Hat's open enrollment exams that are delivered in classrooms. A professional proctor observes an examinee remotely as an exam is taken on a secured system in a testing center. Learn more by visiting the www.redhat.com/training/certifications/exam-kiosk/.
When do I receive my official results after taking an exam?
Exam results are emailed to candidates within 3 US business days, assuming they have provided accurate contact information. Red Hat Certificate of Expertise Exam results are emailed within 3 US business days. Unfortunately, some mail servers mistakenly treat results emails as spam and filter them, which can cause delays. Candidates who do not receive their results within 3 US business days (3 for Expertise Exams) should contact Red Hat Certification at www.redhat.com/training/certification/comments.html
When do I get my certificate upon passing an exam?
You will be issued an electronic certificate that will be attached to your results email.
Where can I find general information regarding certification requirements or test information?
A description of each certification, and its requirements, is provided at www.redhat.com/certification/.
What is the difference between an RHCSA and an RHCE?
RHCSA is intended as the "core" system administration certification offered by Red Hat. From the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6, everyone who wishes to earn a system administration certification from Red Hat will begin by earning this credential. Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) is intended as a senior system administration certification. In order to earn RHCE under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and after, one must earn RHCSA and pass a separate RHCE exam on the same RHEL version.
Having a current RHCE certification remains an eligibility requirement for taking any Red Hat Certificate of Expertise Exam, and thus it remains a requirement for upper-level credentials such as Red Hat Certified Architect, Red Hat Certified Security Specialist, and Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist.
How do I manage my certification profile?
Log into Red Hat Certification Central portal at www.redhat.com/wapps/certifications/.
How do I verify that a certification is active?
Verify a Red Hat certificate is current by entering the certificate number at https://www.redhat.com/wapps/training/certification/verify.html.
What is Red Hat's re-certification policy?
View the re-certification policy page for detailed information on these policies.
Red Hat certification changes
How is the JBoss Certification program changing?
Red Hat is now offering a new JBoss certification, Red Hat Certified JBoss Developer. This credential validates the core skills and knowledge that developers working on the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform must possess. The name of this credential illustrates a more broad change: all JBoss certifications will be renamed as Red Hat certifications and new certifications in the future will follow this convention. Renaming in this way will make it clear that developers and other IT professionals earning these credentials have participated in a program as rigorous as the more widely-known RHCSA and RHCE programs.
JBoss Certifications will be renamed as follows:
- JBoss Certified Application Administrator (JBCAA) will be retitled Red Hat Certified JBoss Administrator
- JBoss Certified Developer in Persistence will be retitled Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Persistence
- JBoss Certified Developer in Seam will be retitled Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Seam
- JBoss Certified Developer in ESB will be retitled Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in ESB
What is a Red Hat Certificate of Expertise?
A Red Hat Certificate of Expertise is a credential that typically represents more specialized, advanced skills, often using a particular technology. Red Hat has offered these credentials as add-ons for Red Hat Certified Engineers for years. Combinations of these credentials lead to senior credentials such as Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA). By retitling and reorganizing the program, Red Hat will be able to create a similarly tiered program for JBoss professionals.
What does this mean for people who already hold a JBoss certification?
Anyone who has earned a JBoss certification will continue to hold a credential, although the name of the credential will be different as described above.
What is the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening?
The Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening is an additional credential that current Red Hat Certified Engineers (RHCEs) can earn by passing the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening Exam (EX413). RHCEs who pass this exam have demonstrated the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to apply standards-based best practices to secure Red Hat Enterprise Linux® systems against unauthorized access.
How does the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening relate to the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Security: Network Services and the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Directory Services and Authentication?
There is an overlap between the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening and both of these older credentials. It includes host security, network security, and identity management elements that are similar to both. This certification differs in that it is focused more specifically on the configuration and administration requirements of commonly followed security standards such as PCI.
What happens to the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Security: Network Services and the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Directory Services and Authentication now that this new certificate is available?
Red Hat will be retiring the exams that confer these older Certificates of Expertise.
I have earned one of the Red Hat Certificates of Expertise that is being replaced. What happens to my certification?
If you have earned the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Security: Network Services or the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Directory Services and Authentication, they will remain yours and part of your record on Red Hat Certification Central.
What happens to RHCPs who have earned Red Hat Certified Security Specialist, Red Hat Datacenter Specialist, or Red Hat Certified Architect by passing the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Security: Network Services or Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Directory Services and Authentication?
People who have already earned RHCSS, RHCDS, or RHCA will retain these titles as long as their RHCE remains current. They will retain all the Red Hat Certificates of Expertise even when their RHCE is no longer current. They do not retain the RHCSS, RHCDS, or RHCA until they re-certify and their RHCE is current again.
How do these changes impact people who have earned some Certificates of Expertise that count towards RHCSS, RHCDS, and RHCA?
- Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS): The Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening may be applied towards RHCSS in lieu of either the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Security: Network Services or the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Directory Services and Authentication, but not both.
- Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS): Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA) was an alternative to the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Directory Services and Authentication. It now completely replaces that older certificate for earning RHCDS.
- Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA): The Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening replaces the older Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Security: Network Services for the purposes of earning RHCA. RHCVA replaces the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Directory Services and Authentication.
- The Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Security: Network Services will only be available on a limited basis in some regions through September 30, 2013.
- The Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Directory Services and Authentication Exam will be available through Individual Exam Sessions and limited open enrollment in some regions through December 31, 2013.
What happens to the RHCSS program after December if the only RHCSS-track exams that are available are those for SELinux Policy Administration and Server Hardening?
We will be updating the security certification track in the near future. Stay tuned for further information.