Red Hat Certified Specialist in Identity Management exam


Exam description

The Red Hat Certified Specialist in Identity Management exam (EX362) tests your knowledge, skills, and ability to create, configure, and manage Red Hat® Enterprise Linux authentication services and integrate those services with a variety of Red Hat and non-Red Hat products and technologies.

By passing this exam, you become a Red Hat Certified Specialist in Identity Management, which also counts toward becoming a Red Hat® Certified Architect (RHCA®).

Objectives listed for this exam are based on the most recent Red Hat product version available. Click “Get started” to view all versions of this exam available for purchase.

Audience for this exam

These audiences may be interested in becoming a Red Hat Certified Specialist in Directory Services and Authentication:

Prerequisites for this exam


Study points for the exam

To help you prepare, these exam objectives highlight the task areas you can expect to see covered in the exam. Red Hat reserves the right to add, modify, and remove exam objectives. Such changes will be made public in advance.

You should be able to perform these tasks:

  • IdM Server Installation and Configuration
    • Install RedHat Identity Management (IdM) in a scalable, fault tolerant environment
    • Create Users, Groups and Policies
    • Implement a SSO
  • IdM Client Installation and Configuration
    • Install and configure IdM clients
    • Configure Kerberized services
  • IdM HA Configuration
    • Configure and Manage a Certificate Authority
    • Create Secret Vaults
  • IdM Users and Policies management
    • Configure Policies and User Access
    • Configure roaming or automounted home directories
    • Configure IdM as LDAP backend for external services such as Red Hat Satellite Server or Ansible Tower
  • Creating Trust with AD domain
    • Create trust relationships with Active Directory
    • Authenticate users within an Active Directory domain
  • IdM maintenance
    • Back up an IdM infrastructure
    • Perform a backup without interruption of services

As with all Red Hat performance-based exams, configurations must persist after reboot without intervention.

What you need to know


Red Hat encourages all candidates for the Red Hat Certified Specialist in Identity Management credential to consider taking Red Hat Security: Identity Management and Active Directory Integration (RH362) to help prepare. Attendance in these classes is not required; students can choose to take just the exam.

While attending Red Hat classes can be an important part of one's preparation to take this exam, attending class does not guarantee success on the exam. Previous experience, practice, and native aptitude are also important determinants of success.

Many books and other resources on system administration for Red Hat's products are available. Red Hat does not officially endorse any as preparation guides for this exam. Nevertheless, you may find additional reading deepens understanding and can prove helpful.

Exam format

This exam is a performance-based evaluation of skills and knowledge required to configure and manage Red Hat directory services. You perform the configuration and administrative tasks necessary to deploy Red Hat directory services and configure other products to use those services, and you are evaluated on whether they have met specific objective criteria. Performance-based testing means that candidates must perform tasks similar to what they perform on the job.

Scores and reporting

Official scores for exams come exclusively from Red Hat Certification Central. Red Hat does not authorize examiners or training partners to report results to candidates directly. Scores on the exam are usually reported within 3 U.S. business days.

Exam results are reported as total scores. Red Hat does not report performance on individual items, nor will it provide additional information upon request.

You are eligible for one exam retake if you are unsuccessful on your first attempt. For more information please read our Training Policies page

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