Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA)

A Red Hat® Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA) possesses the skills, knowledge, and abilities required to deploy and manage virtualization infrastructure, hosts, and guests using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

An RHCVA is capable of the following tasks:

  • Installing Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager.

  • Creating datacenters, clusters, pools, and templates in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager.

  • Installing and configuring Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization hypervisors to support Linux® and Windows users and manage them using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager.

  • Performing essential management tasks such as logging and bookmarking.

  • The RHCVA Certification Exam consists of 1 section lasting up to 3 hours.

  • The exam is performance-based, meaning that candidates must perform tasks on a live system, rather than answering questions about how someone might perform those tasks.

  • Real-world experience is the best preparation for this hands-on exam.

  • A RHCVA certification is current for 3 years from the date it was issues. See recertification policies for more information.

Read more about the RHCVA Certification Exam (EX318).


The following audiences may be interested in earning RHCVA:

  • Linux system administrators responsible for or seeking responsibility for implementing and managing virtualization infrastructures.

  • System administrators from other platforms. Red Hat suggests RHCSA-level skills or better for those who wish to take the exam.


Earning a Red Hat certification gives you:

  • Recognition in the industry.

  • Increased customer confidence.

  • Proof of knowledge and skills.

  • Certification verification tool for employers.

  • Use of the certification logo on business cards.

  • Ability to access multiple Red Hat Certificated Professional (RHCP) online communities (like Facebook and LinkedIn).

  • Access to Red Hat Certification Central website, so you can:

    • Download a certification logo.

    • Purchase Red Hat certification gear.

    • Participate in RHCP forums.

    • List your online profile under your certification number.

    • Use the Red Hat Certified Professional job search.

  • Special offers on training and events.


In preparation to earn an RHCVA certification, Red Hat recommends the following:


Exam preparation:

[To achieve certification, students must pass these Exams]

Performance-based exam that tests knowledge to create, deploy, and manage virtual machines.