Have You Heard? Red Hat Changes Certification Program on October 1

Are you a Red Hat certification holder, or plan to become one? Then don’t miss the news below as Red Hat is about to roll out a number of changes to its certification program effective October 1.

The changes cover 3 main aspects: 2 Red Hat credentials are being discontinued; from now on Red Hat Certificates of Expertise will be designated as current and non-current; there will also be more options for earning the RHCA credential. Keep reading to know more.

What is This All About?

Red Hat has decided to seriously revamp its certification program this year. Basically, the company reduces the number of certification titles, making it easier for employers to understand the qualifications and titles they see on the candidate profiles. Needless to say, this is also a good change for certification candidates, since it will be easier for them to come up with their certification strategy and build their career in the long run.

2 Red Hat certifications, Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS) and Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS) are being phased out. All RHCSS-related exams have already been discontinued. Instead, Red Hat is expanding more widely-known Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) program and introduces new ways to earn this title.

RH Enterprise Linux 5 Bygone

60 days after the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, all RHCE certifications on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 will become non-current, and as a result, they will no longer meet existing RHCSS or RHCDS program requirements. Candidates who have earned RHCSS or RHCDS won’t be able to recertify those credentials. As an alternative, they are welcome to apply their certificates of expertise towards RHCA if they recertify under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or 7.

Holders of the RHCE credential on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 who have also earned RHCSS or RHCDS will continue to hold these credentials until 3 years after the date the last required Red Hat Certificate of Expertise was earned. It will not be possible to recertify as RHCSS or RHCDS, but the relevant Certificates of Expertise can be applied towards RHCA.

RHCEs earned on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and later will not be eligible to earn RHCSS or RHCDS.

RED HAR CERTIFICATES OF EXPERTISE

Starting October 1, Red Hat begins designating Certificates of Expertise as current and non-current. As a result, Red Hat Certificates of Expertise earned on or after October 1, 2014 will be considered current for three (3) years from the date they are earned.

Meanwhile, Red Hat Certificates of Expertise earned before October 1, 2014 will be considered current until October 1, 2017, giving the professionals plenty of time to decide on their future certification options.

Stay tuned for our next post which will include the overview of the new paths to become Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA).