Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) replaces RHCT
Red Hat certifications are demanding and require the ability to apply practical system administration skills relevant to the workplace in a time-critical environment. Our core system administration credential up until this point, Red Hat Certified Technician, has been re-named Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) to more closely align with the Linux administrator job role that is common in IT organizations around the world. Students who successfully complete the RHCSA exam are able to handle the most frequent and critical tasks required of Linux system administrators. Red Hat is introducing two curriculum tracks aligned to the RHCSA credential. Red Hat System Administration I and II is a two-course track that is best for IT professionals who do not have extensive Linux command line experience. Practicing Linux admins with at least one year of experience may be candidates for the accelerated RHCSA Fast Track course.
The RHCSA is a distinct and separate exam from the Red Hat Certified Engineer accreditation. Red Hat Certified Engineers typically handle tasks that are the responsibility of senior Linux system administrators including automation, security and network services administration. For more information read the Certification blog post.
Please note: RHCTs who earned their credentials on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 will automatically attain RHCSA certification. Individuals who earned the credential on all previous releases will remain RHCTs and are encouraged to update their skills and validate their knowledge with the RHCSA exam. Because RHCSA is replacing RHCT, no additional RHCT exams will be offered going forward.
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Frequently Asked Questions about the assessment
1. What is the goal of Red Hat pre-assessment tests?
Red Hat's pre-assessment tests help prospective course participants determine whether they possess the knowledge taught in particular Red Hat courses so they can choose the appropriate class for their level of skill and knowledge.
When you complete a pre-assessment test, your results on the test are reported and a recommendation is presented. The web page will also provide the opportunity to email the results to others. If you have been asked to provide your pre-assessment results to a training coordinator in your organization, your supervisor, or a sales representative, do so by sending your results to their email address.
2. How reliable are the tests?
Red Hat's pre-assessment tests usually estimate the skills of individual candidates correctly. It is, however, the course participant's responsibility to select and enroll in the appropriate class. Red Hat urges all prospective course participants to use the pre-assessments in conjunction with course descriptions, stated prerequisites, and self-appraisal of experience and background to evaluate their readiness for a course. A course for which one is slightly over-prepared will almost always be more beneficial than one for which one is under-prepared.
3. Which test should I take if I am interested in taking Red Hat System Administration I - RH124?
If you are interested in taking Red Hat's most basic System Administration course, Red Hat System Administration I, or its equivalents in eLearning or Red Hat Academy, and you already have Linux or Unix command-line experience, you should take the RH124 pre-assessment test.
Note: A high score on this pre-assessment suggests you should consider another, higher-level course.