IT Training provider Spherion Group has become the first Australian educational institution to gain Red Hat Academy Program accreditation and will soon begin offering training for the vendor’s systems technician certification.
According to Spherion’s area manager for NSW Mark Noonan, Spherion’s inclusion in the program will let the education provider train and certify its students as Red Hat Certified Technicians (RHCT).
Noonan said the education provider will use the academy program content to supplement its Linux skills training which are available as part of its network engineering diploma.
“The program is additional to instructor-led training performed by Red Hat…. as far as we know Spherion will be the first academy in Australia [to offer this],” he said.
Red Hat’s Jodie Kane said the Academy program was developed to help schools, tertiary institutions and colleges build their Linux and open source technology skills training.
Content for academy programs differs to Red Hat corporate training in that it can be a mixture of Web-based and instructor-led study (Red Hat corporate training is all instructor-led), she said. However, like its corporate training programs, those candidates who undergo RHCT instruction and complete the exam at an academy-accredited education provider will be awarded RHCT certification.
RHCT certification is a stepping stone towards the vendor’s certified engineer (RHCE) qualification, the vendor said. The RHCT course program encompasses information relevant to systems administration, such as configuring basic networking and file systems for a single Red Hat system, setting up client-side networking services and basic diagnostics skills.
Kane said Red Hat is working on course content which will let academy program providers also offer RHCE training. While no date has been fixed, the vendor expects an RHCE course will become available via the academy program in the next fiscal year, she said.
The vendor is also in discussions with a dozen Australian training providers interested in signing up to its academy program, she said. These include universities, Tafe, and education providers such as Spherion.
Interest in Linux skills on the rise
Noonan said Spherion has witnessed an increasing amount of interest in Linux skills this year, fuelled by government and enterprise take-up of open source software solutions. Some of Spherion’s managed training services customers, including Telstra and Ford, have announced preferences for Linux in certain areas of their business, demonstrating “its growing recognition as an alternative to Microsoft”, he said.
In addition, around 98 per cent of students undertaking networking engineering diplomas with Spherion will opt for Linux subjects as their elective, he said.