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Six Hot Linux Certifications for 2019

Get one of these hot certs in 2019 to take your Linux game to the next level!Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)


The RHCE certification is designed for RHCSA credential holders who aspire to become senior system administrators of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) systems as well as experienced system administrators who wish to certify or whose job or a mandate requires them to earn this credential.


The RHCE certification validates the ability to configure and manage systems, including report delivery, to automate system maintenance using shell scripts, configure network services for HTTP/HTTPS, DNS, NFS, SMB, SMTP, SSH, and NTP, and install, configure and administer database services in addition to RHCSA skills.


Candidates can choose from a range of training options. Red Hat recommends the Red Hat System Administration I (RH124), Red Hat System Administration II (RH134), and Red Hat System Administration III (RH254) courses for Windows administrators with limited Linux experience. For Linux/UNIX administrators with 1-to-3 years of experience, Red Hat suggests the RHCSA Rapid Track Course (RH199) and Red Hat System Administration III (RH254). The RHCE Lab is suitable for RHCEs who seek recertification.


To earn the RHCE credential, you must pass the RHCSA (EX 200) and the 3.5-hour hands-on RHCE (EX 300) exams. Prerequisites: RHCSA.




Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA)


The demanding and time-consuming RHCA certification is a valuable credential for professionals who work with Red Hat Linux systems and wish to gain both breadth and depth of knowledge and skills in this environment. The prerequisite for the RHCA is either the RHCE or the Red Hat Certified JBoss Developer (RHCJD).


The RHCA program is designed to accommodate the different needs of enterprises that use Red Hat Linux and the interests of IT professionals. Companies and individuals have a range of options to choose from. RHCJDs can choose any combination in the Enterprise Applications track and earn at least 5 certifications from the Developer list on the Red Hat website to qualify as a RHCA in Enterprise Applications.


RHCEs have the option of choosing any combination from the RHCA in Infrastructure track. They must earn at least 5 certifications from the System Administrator list to attain the RHCA in Infrastructure.


In order to maintain their credentials, RHCAs in Enterprise Applications and Infrastructure must preserve currency of their certifications. Red Hat offers a number of training options and advises candidates to select one based on the certification combinations they wish to pursue. Red Hat recommends the Red Hat Learning Subscription.




LPI (Linux Professional Institute) Certifications


The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is a trusted Linux certification provider. Their non-vendor-, non-distribution-specific credentials cover Linux tools, technologies and skills and can be useful for professionals who seek an understanding of a wide range of Linux topics and technologies as well as those who handle distributions for which credentials are not available.


The most in-demand LPI certifications are Linux Administrator (LPIC-1), Linux Engineer (LPIC-2), and Linux Enterprise Professional (LPIC-3).


LPIC-1 validates elementary Linux skills. Aspirants must pass 2 exams, 101-400 and 102-400, to earn this certification. Professionals with a valid CompTIA Linux+ (Powered by LPI) qualify for this certification.


LPIC-2 demonstrates knowledge and skills in managing small and medium-sized mixed networks. Candidates must have a current LPIC-1 and pass 2 exams, 201-450 and 202-450, to earn this credential.


LPIC-3 is designed for senior Linux pros that hold a valid LPIC-2. This credential validates advanced Linux enterprise-level skills. LPIC-2 holders must pass one of the 300 exams either in Mixed Environment, Security, or Virtualization and High Availability.


All 3 certifications are valid for 5 years. Exams are managed by Pearson VUE. For self-study materials, candidates can browse the LPI Marketplace, as well as Amazon.




Other popular certifications include Oracle Linux OCA and OCP. Bear in mind that certifications can add value to your résumé, but that most managers will want to know whether you’ve deployed and maintained Linux in an enterprise environment. It never hurts to pick up some practical experience along the way!



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