Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) Exam (EX300)

The performance-based Red Hat® Certified Engineer Exam (EX300) tests to determine if your knowledge, skill, and ability meet those required of a senior system administrator responsible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) systems. Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) certification is required to earn Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®) certification.

About the RHCE certification

An RHCE certification is earned by a Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) who has demonstrated the knowledge, skill, and ability required of a senior system administrator responsible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems.


Classroom training

  • Review exam objectives for the RHCE Exam.

  • Candidates must have earned their RHCSA certification on the same Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version to be eligible to become an RHCE.

  • The 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 makes real-world experience a critical facet of preparation.

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

  • A RHCE who is certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 will be recognized as a RHCE for 3 calendar years. This certification window can be extended by earning additional Red Hat credentials. See recertification policies for more information.

Length:2 hours ,  


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 Linux IT professionals who currently have RHCSA certification and are interested in earning an RHCE certification

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

  • Students who have attended the Red Hat System Administration I, II, and III courses or the RHCE Rapid Track course

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

  • An RHCE who is noncurrent and has passed the RHCSA exam


  • RHCE Rapid Track Course, System Administration I, II, or III or equivalent experience

  • Real-world system administration experience

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


This exam prepares you for these credentials:

A Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) has the knowledge, skills, and ability required of administrators responsible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems.