Red Hat and the Australian Computer Society (ACS) have formed a training partnership which will see ACS members receive a 16 percent discount for Red Hat Certified Engineer qualifications.
Services manager for Red Hat Australia, Peter Durie, said the two organizations were a good fit because Red Hat can extend its market and ACS members can access training at less cost.
"The ACS members are current and future managers. They are the decision makers in the industry, so it is good for Red Hat to work closely with them," he said.
Durie said this was the first time Red Hat Australia has offered an ongoing training partnership to another organization.
"We have however, offered one-off discounts to various groups from time to time," he said.
ACS president Edward Mandla said the partnership will provide an "outstanding" service to its 15,000 members and he looks forward to increasing the association's involvement with Red Hat.
A recent ACS survey found there was generally a lack of training in many companies and that Linux is a hot skill.
"I would say very few [ACS members] have Red Hat or Linux skills. We do have the open source user group which is very hip and very together, but most of our members come from quite a traditional IT background and open source might be a little challenging to them," he said.
ACS members can go to https://www.apac.redhat.com/training to determine which of the training courses will best meet their needs, based on current skill level.
Members can also register for training at the same address and should quote RHACS, together with their ACS membership number in the Special Offer Code Field, to redeem the discount.