Red Hat Certified System Administrator — RHCSA

Overview

An RHCSA certification is earned when an IT professional demonstrates the core system administration skills required in Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® environments.

The RHCSA is Red Hat’s core system administration certification and represents the common core of skills every Red Hat Enterprise Linux system administrator should have. An IT professional that has earned an RHCSA certification has demonstrated skills in areas of system administration common across a wide range of environments and deployment scenarios.

An RHCSA is able to perform the following tasks:

  • Understand and use essential tools for handling files, directories, command-line environments, and documentation.
  • Operate running systems, including booting into different run levels, identifying processes, starting and stopping virtual machines, and controlling services.
  • Configure local storage using partitions and logical volumes.
  • Create and configure file systems and file system attributes, such as permissions, encryption, access control lists, and network file systems.
  • Deploy, configure, and maintain systems, including software installation, update, and core services.
  • Manage users and groups, including use of a centralized directory for authentication.
  • Manage security, including basic firewall and SELinux configuration.

Certification program requirements

  • The Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam consists of one section lasting up to 2.5 hours.
  • The certification exam is performance-based, meaning that candidates must perform tasks on a live system, rather than answering questions about how one might perform those tasks.
  • The hands-on nature of this exam makes real-world experience a critical facet of preparation.
  • RHCSA certifications have a current window for 3 calendar years after they are earned.

The RHCE certification is designed for

  • Experienced Red Hat Enterprise Linux system administrators seeking validation of their skills
  • Students who have attended Red Hat System Administration I and II and are on the path to earn RHCSA certification.
  • Experienced Linux system administrators who require a certification either by their organization or based on a mandate (DOD 8570 directive).
  • IT professionals who are on the path to earn a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®).
  • An RHCE who is non-current or who is about to become non-current and wish to re-certify as RHCE.