Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) Exam (EX200)

Testing the core system-administration skills for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

This exam and the exam objectives provided here are based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 version of the exam. We are offering Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) Exam (EX200) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 via onsite and Individual Exam Sessions. View the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 exam objectives.

The performance-based RHCSA Exam (EX200) tests your knowledge and skill in areas of system administration common across a wide range of environments and deployment scenarios. You must be an RHCSA to earn a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®) certification.

About the RHCSA certification

An RHCSA certification is earned when an IT professional demonstrates the core system-administration skills required in Red Hat Enterprise Linux® environments.


Classroom training

  • This exam is 2.5 hours long. This certification exam is performance-based, meaning that candidates must perform tasks on a live system, rather than answering questions about how one might perform those tasks.

  • The hands-on nature of this exam make real-world experience a critical facet of preparation.

  • Exam results are emailed within 3 business days following the exam.

  • An RHCSA certification has a 'current' window for 3 calendar years. This 'current' window can be extended by earning additional Red Hat credentials. See recertification policies for more information.

Length:2 hours , (NOTE: This exam is actually 2.5 hours long.)


Training units: 2

Individual Exam Session

  • Take this exam on your time in one of our exam testing stations at select locations. Learn more about this option.


  • Experienced Red Hat Enterprise Linux system administrators seeking validation of their skills

  • Students who have attended Red Hat System Administration I and II and are on the path to earn RHCSA certification

  • Experienced Linux system administrators who require a certification either by their organization or based on a mandate (DOD 8570 directive)

  • IT professionals who are on the path to earn RHCE certification

  • An RHCE who is noncurrent or who is about to become noncurrent and wants to recertify as an RHCE


  • Combination of Red Hat System Administration I and Red Hat System Administration II courses or equivalent experience

  • Equivalent experience to the RHCSA Rapid Track Course (RH200)

Not sure if you have the correct skill-set knowledge? Confirm by passing the online skills assessment. Read the RHCSA Exam objectives for more information on skills requirements.


In preparation to earn an RHCSA, Red Hat recommends:

For Windows system administrators

For Linux or UNIX administrators