Following the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 at the end of last year Red Hat changed parts of their certification program, this article aims to summarise these changes and why they were made.

Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) to replace Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT)

Red Hat is pleased to announce a new addition to its line of performance-based certifications-Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA). The new RHCSA credential aligns with the critical skills required of today's system administrators. As with all of Red Hat certification exams, the RHCSA exam continues the practice of evaluating knowledge and skills through hands-on, lab-based exam.

Why is the RHCSA replacing the RHCT?

First, RHCSA represents a more accurate description of the job role held by people with this credential. Most have the job title System Administrator.

Second, RHCSA arises from a thorough analysis of the skills and abilities required of today's system administrators. Over the past two years, Red Hat has been gathering information from its certified community on their work. This effort has included an in-depth technical survey and task analysis, focus groups at the Red Hat Summit, RHCE Loopback events, online focus groups with RHCAs worldwide, and other occasions in which feedback has been sought and given. While much is similar to RHCT, some adjustments have been made to reflect what Red Hat has learned from the community of professionals using its technologies in the field.

You can view the full details of this new certification here .

Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) Exam Changes

The Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) exam RH302 was replaced by the new exam RH300, this was to coincide with the above changes. You can view the full details of this new exam on the official Red Hat website here .

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The above information has been taken from the official Red Hat website which was accessed on 01/04/11.