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Red Hat's recertification policy ensures that employers who make hiring and management decisions informed by a certification have a relevant, up-to-date tool. Over time, technology changes, so it is important to gauge whether knowledge and skills have kept pace
It is also important that skills are used regularly enough to keep them sharp. Inactivity can turn a qualified person into a formerly qualified person. Recertification not only helps employers, but also helps those certified professionals who remain active and engaged with Red Hat technologies by ensuring that only those people who periodically recertify are considered current.
Recertification policies for RHCSA/RHCE (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and higher)
- RHCSA is considered current for 3 years from the date it is earned.
- When an RHCSA under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 earns an RHCE, that person is considered current for 3 years from the date that the RHCE is earned.
- If an RHCE earned on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 passes a Certificate of Expertise Exam*, that person is considered current for 3 years from the date that the Certificate is earned.
Recertification policy for RHCT/RHCE (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and earlier)
- Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT and RHCE certifications earned on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 or earlier are no longer considered current 60 days after general availability of the second major release following the release on which the certification was earned. For example, RHCTs and RHCEs earned on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 will become non-current 60 days following general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.
- For RHCEs earned under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, they are required to recertify their RHCE certification to retain upper-level credentials such as Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS), Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS), and Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA).
Recertification policy for RHCVA
- Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA) is considered current for 3 years from the time it is earned.
- RHCVA can be applied as a Red Hat Certificate of Expertise towards Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS) and Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA.) Red Hat Certificates of Expertise do not become non-current.
Recertification policy for JBoss certifications
- Red Hat Certified JBoss Developer (RHCJD) and Red Hat Certified JBoss Administrator (RHCJA) are considered current for 3 years from the time they are earned.
- Red Hat Certificates of Expertise do not become non-current. JBoss Certified Developer in Persistence, JBoss Certified Developer in Seam and JBoss Certified Developer in ESB are being converted to Red Hat Certificates of Expertise, so they will not become non-current. As with other Red Hat Certificates of Expertise, each credential is associated with specific versions of the technologies used.*Candidates who earned RHCE under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (or earlier) and then earn a Certificate of Expertise after Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 will not have their currency extended.