This post is really mainly for my Fedora/Redha/linux friends, I just want an opinion. If you’re reading this any way, then perhaps you could comment as well.

I’m looking at doing the RedHat RHCSA, one to get the qualification, two, to improve my career prospects. Before I do this, and it’s mainly because a fast track course with exam is about Β£2k, I want opinions as to whether it’s actually worth it? Do you have this? How useful has it been to you? Just thinking out loud, but it’s nice to hear other people point of view πŸ˜€


8 thoughts on “RHCSA – RHCE

  1. IMO it’s very useful. In a lot of cases for a job when you have stupid recruiters looking through CVs all they really do it look for keywords that employers have requested and if you don’t have that key word on your CV you often don’t get past stage 1. I’ve seen that on both sides of the fence (as somone dealing with recruiters for new candidates as well as being a candidate myself)


  2. Hi,
    I have both RHCE, RHCSA. In europa this certificates just bring 20% more chance to get a new job and not more. Overall just big companies use RedHat linux and they need your experiences in the past 10 years and not just your certificates. The companies don’t believe that RHCSA means about 4 years practical experince in linux world! But every certificate is better than nothing, IMO.
    And don’t forget that with RedHat certificate, debian guys are your enemies from “Hello” in your new job, believe me or not! This certificates don’t help you to work better in your job because what you need to work in 2014 is enterprise solutions like RHEV, Clouds, Satellite servers, big backup and SAN solutions and more that are not in this exams.
    Working with users and groups and let a service to pass through firewall or selinux, configuring postfix or apache for simple run and like this don’t need to pay 2k for exam preparation and then about 1k for exam and maybe 3 months to work on it. You just need to see what are the exam objectives and then read RedHat docs for those. Then you need to do everything fast because the time is important in your exam.
    Anyway do that because change is always good!


  3. Red Hat is de facto standard in our beloved linux world. You’re definitely steering in the right direction. The ‘normal’ LPIC-{1,2,3} certification isn’t comparable.
    Don’t get this wrong. LPI is doing an amazing job at requiring candidates general knowledge across all distros. In the advanced levels, it’s quite challenging.

    Compared to Red Hat’s certification track it lacks the practical part completely. Maybe easier, or not.

    Red Hat on the other hand requires that you configure and administer certain tasks in a limited amount of time (a few hours) in a real world hands on fashion. At the end, it gets verified by an professional before you get your precious certification. Hell, yeah, you better don’t forget anything to come up after the required reboot! As it would be a costly failure. πŸ˜‰

    So, sure, go for it. It shows real knowledge, real dedication. Companies always appreciate skilled certified Red Hat specialists.

    Have fun. Make sure you checkout everything there is to know upfront and you have enough time to prepare.


  4. Hi Paul,
    Although I am not an IT worker/System Admin, in my role (Automation Systems Integrator) I have found that certification for specific carreer goals can handily get you that interview where you get face time with a person. I have been screened in the past, and a good friend of mine (who works for HR of a large energy producer) coached me that recuiters were likely pre-screening my application for not including my certifications I had gathered over the years, on my CV/Resume. So, even though I am reluctant to say any of my certifications really gave me an advantage in my actual work, I will concede they are a good tool to get my foot in a door.


  5. If you just want the word RHCSA/RHCE in your CV, go for it. If you already have experience with linux, don’t expect to learn much.

    You will learn when doing the expertise certifications, and RHCE is the entry point for that.


  6. I’ve had these certs since RHEL 4 (when it was RHCT/RHCE) and I’d recommend getting them. As Franky said, when you compare them to the LPIC certifications, the Red Hat certs stand out to employers much more.

    Having them will boost your chances of being found and being hired. I work with our recruiters regularly and they look for Red Hat certifications as a primary way to find candidates on sites like LinkedIn.


  7. RHCSA is an entry exam.
    If you’ve administrated Linux systems before, you’ll most likely not learn anything new.

    RHCE and the exams leading to the RHCA however are useful and will bring you new experiences and might be useful in taking a hurdle put up by HR.

    If you consider yourself knowledgable with Fedora/RHEL or CentOS skip the RHCSA course and just go for the combined RHCE/RHCSA exam.
    Possibly go for the fast-track training for the RHCE, that will get you some knowledge transfer if you’re into this. I always found it interesting but haven’t gone through the hassle of doing any more fast-track courses for RHEL5 and RHEL6 exams. It’s just the exam with no preparation, if there’s any new technology there’s ample time to find out how to work it during the exam.

    Personally, whenever I was interviewing people I did take note that someone had an RHCE but it didn’t really affect the hiring decision. The hiring decision was always based on a phone interview and an in-depth personal interview.
    It might have led me to assume that the person has some linux skills but that was about it.


  8. I sat down for the RHCSA/RHCE exams in 2011 and passed both. In my experience having the certifications have not made a big difference when looking for work. I do a lot of consulting/short-term contracts and have interviewed a few times since getting my RHCE.

    I am also noticing that not that many employers are listing RHCE as one of the requirements in their job ads, although there has been an increase in companies looking for Linux professionals. I’m not too sure on the value of the RHCE while looking for work. I do have a lot of Linux experience (have been doing Linux since 1998). I usually don’t have much trouble finding work though, but have not seen the real value of the RHCE. I also don’t see much value in the next higher cert, the RHCA. I don’t believe the ROI is that good.

    It does feel good to list the certification in my resume and I also include it in my email signature, but other than self-satisfaction, it has not had a big impact in my career.


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