John Airey

"[RHCE Certification] shows that you are capable of working under time pressure to resolve issues that arise as part of system administration."

Internet service manager

John Airey is the Internet Service Manager for RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), the UK's leading charity that offers information, support, and advice to over two million people with sight loss. Airey has been administering Red Hat® servers at RNIB since 1997. And he's been a part of the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®) program since 2002. Airey was first attracted to the RHCE program because it provided a practical test at the end of the course that gave a realistic assessment of the test-taker's abilities. "The RHCE program has enabled me to provide an exceptional service to my employer and has opened the door to numerous interviews about my longterm involvement with Red Hat," said Airey.

Airey and RNIB have experienced countless benefits from Red Hat programs and services. Airey attributes one of their biggest accomplishments to his involvement in the RHCE program. In January 2006 RNIB's website attracted a record one million hits in a single day. "Our page was advertised by Google as a commemoration of Louis Braille's birthday. Thanks to the RHCE program, I was able to have systems in place to cope with the extra traffic," he said. "I recommend the RHCE qualification as a goal that Red Hat administrators should seek to attain. It shows that you are capable of working under time pressure to resolve issues that arise as part of system administration."