Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Network Automation exam


Exam description

The Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Network Automation Exam is a performance-based test used to assess the skills and knowledge to manage network infrastructure using Red Hat® Ansible®.

By passing this exam you become a Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Network Automation and can apply your credential toward earning a certification as a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA®).

This exam is based on Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2.3.

Audience for this exam

  • Network administrators and infrastructure engineers who want to demonstrate skill in using Ansible automation to configure and manage network devices

Prerequisites for this exam

  • Experience with network administration and an understanding of basic concepts of networking, routing and switch/router configuration
  • Familiarity with command line management of network devices
  • Familiarity with virtual network functions from multiple providers, including but not limited to: Cisco, Juniper Networks, Arista, Vyatta, and others
  • Experience working in a Linux command line environment.  Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) or equivalent knowledge recommended
  • Experience using editors like Microsoft Visual Studio or Vim is recommended, as well as experience utilizing source control tools such as Git
  • Understanding of Ansible Core and Ansible Automation Platform
  • Take our free assessment to find the course that best supports your preparation for this exam


In preparation

Candidates for the Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Network Automation should be able to accomplish the tasks below without assistance.

Study points for the exam

  • Work from a Red Hat Enterprise Linux command line environment
    • Use a text editor to create and modify files
    • Run commands from the shell
    • Use SSH to log in to remote systems
  • Configure Automation content navigator to work with Ansible Automation Platform
    • Build inventories
    • Configure Automation content navigator
  • Manage playbooks using Git repositories
    • Write and run playbooks
    • Work with Git and perform basic Git operations
  • Manage variables and facts
    • Create flexible playbooks using variables
    • Gather facts from managed network devices
    • Transform data with filters
  • Implement task control
    • Write loops and conditional tasks
    • Handle task failures
  • Work with automation controller
    • Create machine and source credentials
    • Create projects
    • Create workflow templates
    • Run jobs
  • Utilize roles and Ansible Content Collections
    • Include and import files
    • Create network automation roles
    • Use roles and modules from Ansible Content Collections
  • Automate network administration tasks
    • Generate configuration settings from Jinja2 templates
    • Use platform independent modules from the ansible.netcommon collection
    • Perform configuration backups

What you need to know


Red Hat encourages you to consider taking Network Automation with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform (DO457) 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 your preparation, 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 products are available. Red Hat does not endorse any of these materials as preparation guides for exams. Nevertheless, you may find additional reading helpful to deepen your understanding.

Exam format

The Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Network Automation exam is a hands-on, practical exam that requires you to undertake real-world tasks. Internet access is not provided during the exam, and you will not be permitted to bring any hard copy or electronic documentation into the exam. This prohibition includes notes, books, or any other materials. For most exams, the documentation that ships with the product is available during the exam.

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.

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