RHCSA is intended as the “core” system administration certification offered by Red Hat. From the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6, everyone who wishes to earn a system administration certification from Red Hat will begin by earning this credential.

Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) is intended as a senior system administration certification. In order to earn RHCE under RHEL8, one must earn RHCSA and pass a separate RHCE exam on the same RHEL version.

Having a current RHCE certification remains an eligibility requirement for being current on any Red Hat Certificate of Expertise, and thus it remains a requirement for upper-level credentials such as Red Hat Certified Architect with specializations in –

  • Red Hat Certified Security Specialist
  • Red Hat Certified Cloud Specialist
  • Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist
  • Red Hat Certified DevOps Specialist