The Red Hat certification program consists of the RHCT, RHCVA, RHCE, and RHCA designations.
The Red Hat certification program is high quality and utilizes hands-on lab testing methods. For these reasons, the Red Hat certification program is well-respected. One should not attempt Red Hat certification exams unless you have real world, hands-on experience. The exams are very expensive and run as high as $750.
The table below outlines the Red Hat certifications:
||Stands for Red Hat Certified Technician, is the lowest level of Red Hat certifications and demonstrates core system administrator skills. The RHCT certification exam consists of 1 exam in two parts conducted in a half-day session.
||Stands for Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator, as you might guess, is focused on virtualization skills. The RHCVA certification exam consists of 1 exam conducted in a half-day session.
||Stands for Red Hat Certified Engineer and demonstrates senior system administrator skills. Under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, the certification exam consists of 1 exam in two parts conducted in a single day.
||Stands for Red Hat Certified Architect is a newer Red Hat Certification and the first exam sessions will not be available until early 2005. An RHCA has RHCE skills plus deeper and additional skills needed to deploy and manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux throughout the enterprise in numerous and varied applications.