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The Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification program has certified skilled IT professionals for around 20 years now. This program has also one of the leading certification programs for Linux skills. As new technologies are coming up and industries are equally evolving, the focus has now shifted to hybrid cloud implementations. With this new development, shift automation has become an important skill to learn for Linux system administrators. So, the team behind RHCE thought that there is a need for evolving the RHCE program for Red Hat Certified Professionals.

What changes are expected?

In the updated RHCE program, the team is shifting the focus to automation of Linux system administration tasks with the help of Red Hat Ansible Automation and will also be changing the requirements for achieving an RHCE credential. With the upcoming release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, the team at RHCE will be offering a new course and a new certification exam.

Red Hat System Administration III: Linux Automation (RH294)

The team at RHCE has designed this course for Linux system administrators and developers who are into automating provisioning, configuration, application deployment, and orchestration. The ones’ taking up this course will learn how to install and configure Ansible on a management workstation and will get a clear idea about preparing managed hosts for automation.

Red Hat Certified Engineer exam (EX294)

The RHCE exam will focus on the automation of Linux system administration tasks that uses Red Hat Ansible Automation and shell scripting. The ones who pass this new exam will become RHCEs.


What will remain the same?

Ken Goetz, vice president of Training and Certification at Red Hat writes in a blog post, “One thing that we want to assure you is that this is not a complete redesign of the program.” The candidates can still get an RHCE by having first passed the Red Hat Certified System Administrator exam (EX200) and then later passing an RHCE exam while still being an RHCSA. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 based RHCE exam (EX300) will remain available for a year post the new exam gets released.

How does it impact candidates?

Current RHCE

The RHCE certification is valid for three years from the date the candidate has become an RHCE. The period of the RHCE can be extended by earning additional certifications that can be applied towards becoming Red Hat Certified Architect in infrastructure. Candidates can renew the RHCE before it becomes non-current by passing the new RHCE exam (EX294).

Aspiring RHCE

An RHCSA who is progressing towards becoming an RHCE can continue preparing for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 version of the course and take the current RHCE exam (EX300) till June 2020. Or else they can prepare for the new exam (EX294), based on the upcoming release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.

Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Automation

The ones who are currently Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Automation can continue to demonstrate their Ansible automation skills and knowledge by earning RHCE via the new process.

Ken Goetz, vice president of Training and Certification at Red Hat writes in the post, “We are aligning the RHCE program, and the learning services associated with that program, to assist individuals and organizations in keeping up with these changes in the industry.”  

To know more about this news, check out Red Hat’s blog post.

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