Advanced IT professionals should consider becoming a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE certification)


Ask yourself this question, “Where would we be without Linux?” Since the inception of the internet, Linux kernels have been helping to make it more stable and open-ended. TCP/IP went global in 1989, helping to make the internet what it is today; soon thereafter, in 1991, we saw Linux emerge and since that time it has become an integral part of our collective technological sphere.

According to a web survey conducted by Netcraft this year (September, 2012), when you look at the percentages of active sites across all domains, around 55% of servers are running Apache. Now, given that Apache is intricately tied to Linux, it’s fairly obvious that Linux is still extremely powerful and influential. Likewise, the 500 most powerful supercomputers use some variation of Linux (and this includes those in the top 10). The bottom line is that those who are serious about IT and networking should familiarize themselves with Linux.

What makes the Red Hat RHCE certification such a powerful addition to one’s credentials, you ask? Well, for starters it is largely considered to be the best Linux-based cert that you can attain. Unlike virtually every other program out there, the Red Hat Certified Engineer exam is conducted in real-time; that is to say, you are tested on your actual performance knowledge. Needless to say, if you can demonstrate your abilities on a live system, you’ve certainly proved that you have what it takes to businesses, wouldn’t you agree?

Most of those in Admin or Managerial positions generally possess a deep understanding of Linux; once again, because it’s a very common component or aspect that’s generally integrated in a number of different ways. Therefore, it makes sense for a person who’s interested in advancing their career beyond the initiate and mid-level stages to broaden one’s understanding of it (Linux).

Passing the RHCE exam will however require more of a commitment than some individuals might be used to. The truth is, if you want to pass that exam on your first attempt, you’re going to have to get your hands on some good learning materials and study hard. But before you are even technically eligible to take the RHCE exam, you must first have an RHCSA certification to your credit. The RHCSA program (Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator) is designated as an entry-level cert that measures candidates’ skills with basic system administration tasks. Like the RHCE, its’ corresponding exam is also conducted in a hands-on fashion as well. Those who pass the exam have demonstrated their ability to install and configure a Red Hat Linux system, which includes joining it to a live, functional network that’s fully operational.

Once an individual has achieved their certification as a RHCE, they’ll be covered for a period of 3 years. In other words, the certification is good for 3 annual cycles after which, additional training will be required in order to maintain its status.

What are the benefits of RHCE certification? First off, those who have completed this program have verified proof that they are qualified to operate on applicable systems. The RHCE cert is well-known among employers and industry insiders and is held in high regard as well; what better way is there to achieve recognition in your industry than attaining a widely respected certification? Likewise, businesses will be much more eager to employ you because they will be able to display Red Hat logos as well as gain the ability to tap into Red Hat social networks. In the end, having a certified Red Hat on board often allows companies to increase customer confidence in their products and/or services. On a personal level, individuals will benefit in obvious ways; for instance, after passing the RHCE exam you will be able to place the badge/logo on your business card (that’s a very solid, yet subtle way of advertising your skills, to say the least). Red Hat Certified Engineer RHCE certification

Who should pursue RHCE certification? In all honesty, RHCE might not be for everyone. Some individuals might find it to be too challenging or simply too ambitious for their needs; however, the most intrepid and career-oriented IT professionals and students will jump at the chance to scoop this certification up ASAP.

There are basically 5 different types of people who ultimately want to become a RHCE:

  1. Veteran Linux pros

  2. Initiates who have completed the system administration suite

  3. Those who are mandated to become certified

  4. Anyone who has a great deal of experience and seeks accreditation / validation

  5. Someone who previously attained their RHCE and is revalidating / updating their qualifications


Rest assured, those who qualify as RHCE generally have higher salaries and more involved responsibilities to contend with. Moreover, businesses tend to be more impressed by candidates with Red Hat certifications. Additionally, all Red Hat certifications, particularly RHCE, are among the hottest and most highly sought-after programs currently available. If you’re looking for a simple way to super-charge your career, become a RHCE.

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