Evolution of Red Hat Courses and Exams with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

by Pete Hnath (Red Hat)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 represents an exciting next step in the continued evolution of the product family and is perhaps the most comprehensive update in the 11 years I’ve been with the company. New tools such as systemd, firewalld, OpenLMI and others changes the paradigm for enterprise Linux administration by providing greater centralization and automation for the administrator. Other enhancements improve performance, security and scalability. Red Hat Training has substantially updated the RHCE level curriculum to integrate these improvements. The technical changes in the new release are such that even veteran, practicing Linux administrators should consider taking additional training.

In addition to incorporating new technical features from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, major releases provide an opportunity for Red Hat Training to make structural changes to improve our curriculum. Over the past two years we’ve surveyed our customers, partners and instructors and have been looking forward to the opportunity to make these changes. There are four enhancements I’d like to call out specifically.

1) Red Hat System Administration I (RH124) is the entry point to the Linux curriculum and is the first 5 days of the nine day curriculum leading to RHCSA certification. Based on customer feedback, we have substantially increased the command line administration approaches in the new course, diving right in on day one. In turn we will be retiring the Red Hat Command Line Administration (RH190) course.

2) Following feedback from our certified professionals community, the Red Hat System Administration III course (RH255) has been revised to include several chapters on shell scripting. The course continues to cover key network services such as Apache, DNS, iSCSI and also provides a tech preview of the new container features in Docker.

3) Perhaps the change I’m most excited about is the new Red Hat Certification Lab course (RH300) which replaces the flagship RHCE Rapid Track Course which first ran 15 years ago. The reality is that as Linux has become a true enterprise platform, the requirements to be a Red Hat Certified Engineer have grown commensurately. Red Hat’s courses are dense and its simply not possible to cover the thirteen days of content in Red Hat System Administration I, II and III in four days.

The new Red Hat Certification Lab course seeks to meet the very specific needs of students who have completed their training and desire practice before taking the RHCE exam. Students will spend 80-90% of their time “in labs”, complimented by a handful of lectures by an instructor on key new functionality like systemd, firewalld and the new boot process. Labs will be self-paced, with the instructor serving more as a teaching assistant as students require assistance. Students will have access to the full set of labs for both the RHCSA Rapid Track course (RH200) and the Red Hat System Administration III (RH255), providing comprehensive coverage for the competencies which are presented in the RHCSA and RHCE exams.

4) Over the past four years live virtual training (VT) and self-paced training have become primary delivery methods for our customers. To address those needs, the updated course materials and labs were redesigned to be completely inter-operable between different modalities, ensuring our customers get the same learning experience. Our self-paced training platform, Red Hat Online Learning (ROLE), is ready to deliver the System Administation I & II courses and the RHCSA Rapid Track globally via six Amazon EC2 data centers. The System Administration III course and the RHCE Certification Lab will be available in coming weeks as will translations of all five courses into eight other languages.

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  1. Pete, will the updated RH255/RH300 courses and exams for RHEL 7 be available in time for a RHCE on RHEL5 to be able to renew their cert on RHEL7 before it expires? RHEL5 RHCE’s have only 60 days from today, so I assume they expire on August 9th, 2014.

      1. So if I take the EX300 on June 30, 2014, will I have to take it using RHEL7? Or will I still have the option to use RHEL6?

  2. Also, can you confirm if the recertify candidates will still have a 50% off discount for RHCSA/RHCE courses/exams?

      1. First time i heard about that, I have a RHCE RHEL 6, and want to ‘upgrade’ to RHCE RHEL 7,
        is those 50% off are only for class directly at Redhat (web class ?) or good for RHCE training at place like ExitCertified ?

        does the RHCE class (RH200/RH300 I think) will be given online at Redhat.com ?

      2. Hi Cyrille, to clarify, the discount is for the Exams and not the courses. Are you an ExitCertified customer?

  3. Good day, can I still write the rhce 6 exams and when will it not be available anymore? I was preparing to write somewhere in July this year but now I’m not sure what to do. Can you please advise me on what to do now. I passed my rhcsa Desember last year and I’m currently doing a university degree and those exams only finished yesterday so i had no time to prepare for rhce until now.

  4. Hi, Pete. Are the RHEL 6 examinations still being offered for a certain time period? If so, would you happen to know how long? Thank you for any info!

  5. Hi Pete,

    I am currently studying for the RHCE with a plan of taking the exam in a few months in the UK, if I book the EX300 RHCE test for say (october 2014) will I be sitting this in RHEL 6 or will it be in RHEL 7?

    My RHCSA certification is in RHEL 6 so I assume I need to pass the RHCE in version 6 to make my certification valid to the RHCE level?

    Thanks

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