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Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)


Credential: Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)  In-Demand resource  Army eLearning resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: Red Hat, Inc.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Red Hat, Inc., Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) credential measures actual competency via a performance-based evaluation of knowledge in system administration of a wide range of deployment scenarios and environments. Candidates must pass a realistic performance-based lab exam that evaluates ability to: understand and use essential tools, operate running systems, configure local storage, create and configure file systems, deploy/configure/maintain systems, manage users, and groups, and manage security.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

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Raleigh, NC  27601

Phone: (888) 733-4281

Fax: (919) 546-9924
Email: rhcecert@redhat.com

Practical Exam

  • Understand and Use Essential Tools
    • Access a shell prompt and issue commands with correct syntax
    • Use input-output redirection (>, >>, |, 2>, etc.)
    • Use grep and regular expressions to analyze text
    • Access remote systems using SSH
    • Log in and switch users in multiuser targets
    • Archive, compress, unpack, and uncompress files using tar, star, gzip, and bzip2
    • Create and edit text files
    • Create, delete, copy, and move files and directories
    • Create hard and soft links
    • List, set, and change standard ugo/rwx permissions
    • Locate, read, and use system documentation including man, info, and files in /usr/share/doc
  • Operate Running Systems
    • Boot, reboot, and shut down a system normally
    • Boot systems into different targets manually
    • Interrupt the boot process in order to gain access to a system
    • Identify CPU/memory intensive processes and kill processes
    • Adjust process scheduling
    • Manage tuning profiles
    • Locate and interpret system log files and journals
    • Preserve system journals
    • Start, stop, and check the status of network services
    • Securely transfer files between systems
  • Configure Local Storage
    • List, create, delete partitions on MBR and GPT disks
    • Create and remove physical volumes
    • Assign physical volumes to volume groups
    • Create and delete logical volumes
    • Configure systems to mount file systems at boot by universally unique ID (UUID) or label
    • Add new partitions and logical volumes, and swap to a system non-destructively
  • Create and Configure File Systems
    • Create, mount, unmount, and use vfat, ext4, and xfs file systems
    • Mount and unmount network file systems using NFS
    • Extend existing logical volumes
    • Create and configure set-GID directories for collaboration
    • Configure disk compression
    • Manage layered storage
    • Diagnose and correct file permission problems
  • Deploy, Configure and Maintain Systems
    • Schedule tasks using at and cron
    • Start and stop services and configure services to start automatically at boot
    • Configure systems to boot into a specific target automatically
    • Configure time service clients
    • Install and update software packages from Red Hat Network, a remote repository, or from the local file system
    • Work with package module streams
    • Modify the system bootloader
  • Manage Basic Networking
    • Configure IPv4 and IPv6 addresses
    • Configure hostname resolution
    • Configure network services to start automatically at boot
    • Restrict network access using firewall-cmd/firewall
  • Manage Users and Groups
    • Create, delete, and modify local user accounts
    • Change passwords and adjust password aging for local user accounts
    • Create, delete, and modify local groups and group memberships
    • Configure superuser access
  • Manage Security
    • Configure firewall settings using firewall-cmd/firewalld
    • Create and use file access control lists
    • Configure key-based authentication for SSH
    • Set enforcing and permissive modes for SELinux
    • List and identify SELinux file and process context
    • Restore default file contexts
    • Use boolean settings to modify system SELinux settings
    • Diagnose and address routine SELinux policy violations

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Red Hat, Inc. testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • If a certification holder earns an RHCSA and then also earns RHCE, both the RHCSA and the RHCE are current for three years from the date RHCE was earned.
  • A certification holder who has not taken and passed the RHCE can remain current by taking and passing the EX200 RHCSA Certification Exam again before the three-year current window ends.
  • Additional information regarding recertification can be found on the Red Hat webpage.

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Some

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Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

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