Red Hat Certification Validity
Until the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL6), a certification holder remained current for two major releases. For example, an individual who earned their RHCE under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (RHEL3) remained current until 60 days after the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5).
Red Hat’s re-certification policy ensures that employers who make hiring and management decisions informed by a certification have a relevant, up-to-date tool. Over time, technology changes, so it is important to gauge whether knowledge and skills have kept pace. All Red Hat certifications earned are tied to major releases of one or more products and this information is presented on the verification page. It is also important that skills are used regularly enough to keep them sharp. Inactivity can turn a qualified person into a formerly qualified person. Re-certification requirements protect the interests of Red Hat Certified Professionals by
ensuring that the credentials they have earned retain their status and recognition.
These changes to the current window will ensure that employers can count on Red Hat Certified individuals to be able to demonstrate the skills needed for today’s technology. Validity and current status of an RHCE certificate will continue to be verified at Certification Central.
Currency policies for RHCSA/RHCE (RHEL6 and above)
- RHCSA is current for three (3) years from the date it was earned.
- If an individual earns RHCSA and then also earns RHCE, both the RHCSA and the RHCE will be current for three (3) years from the date RHCE was earned.
- If an RHCE earns an eligible Red Hat Certificate of Expertise the RHCSA and RHCE will be current for three (3) years from the date the Certificate of Expertise was earned. All Red Hat Certificates of Expertise are eligible EXCEPT the following JBoss developer focused Certificates:
- Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Persistence
- Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Seam
- Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Camel Development
- Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in ESB
- Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Business Rules
- An RHCE who has not earned any eligible Certificates of Expertise can remain current by taking and passing the EX300 RHCE Certification Exam again before the three (3) year current window ends. In the event both the RHCE and RHCSA become non-current, one must pass both the RHCSA (EX200) and RHCE (EX300) exams again to re-certify.
Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT), Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) on RHEL5
- The RHCT program has been replaced by RHCSA. All RHCTs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 are current until 60 days after the release and general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL7 released on 10 June 2014).
- People who earned RHCT under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 were issued RHCSA retroactively. These retroactively-issued RHCSAs are current for three (3) years from the date on which the original RHCT was earned. In order to re-certify as a current RHCSA it is necessary to pass the RHCSA Exam (EX200) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or a later release.
- RHCEs earned on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 will be current until 60 days after the release and general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. In order to re-certify as a current RHCE it is necessary to pass both the RHCSA Exam (EX200) and the RHCE Exam (EX300.)
Validity of Certificates of Expertise:
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.
Red Hat Certificates of Expertise earned before October 1, 2014 will be considered current until October 1, 2017. Red Hat appreciates and acknowledges the professionals who have been earning Certificates of Expertise since 2005 and wants to ensure that the transition to the new policy is done in the least disruptive manner possible.
RED HAT CERTIFIED VIRTUALIZATION ADMINISTRATOR (RHCVA) AND RED HAT CERTIFIED JBOSS ADMINISTRATOR (RHCJA)
- RHCVA and RHCJA are current for three (3) years from the date on which they are earned.
- One can re-certify as a current RHCVA or RHCJA by passing their respective exams again.