Red Hat gives certified engineers a refresh

Linux systems vendor and training provider Red Hat has announced plans to launch a new refresher course which will allow Red Hat certified engineers (RHCE) to re-validate their certification status by upgrading their skills in its Linux systems.

Red Hat global learning services manager Jodie Kane said the one-day training course, which is expected to be delivered worldwide in the New Year, will give certification holders the opportunity to refresh their skills using the latest version 9.

Kane said the RHCE certification has no expiry dates. Instead, the company uses a "notion of currency" to determine whether a RHCE holder is up to date. RHCE holders should update their skills if more than two system releases have become available since they received their certification.

The first refresher courses will be targeted at RHCE holders qualified in versions 5.2 through to any version 7 release of the Red Hat Linux operating system, Kane said. Red Hat is collating material for the course now.

Since the launch of its RHCE certification and training program in Australia in February 2000, some 200 IT network professionals have become RHCE certifications holders, Richard Keech, Red Hat chief technical architect for Australia said. At the beginning of 2003, the total number of RHCE holders reached 10,000 globally.

The RHCE training program is available in Australia in two different tracks. The first, designed for IT professionals with little or no experience in Linux or Unix system administration, involves a series of three courses in Red Hat's Linux systems, spanning 12 days. By the end of the three courses, candidates will be eligible to sit the RHCE exam.

Alternatively, those with significant administration experience in Linux and Unix systems can participate in Red Hat's rapid-track course, held over four days; the exam for these candidates is held on the fifth day.

There is also an option for candidates already fully skilled in its Linux systems to sit the RHCE exam without such prior training, although this is quite rare, Kane said.

RHCE courses are held about eight times a year in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, while programs in Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Canberra are less frequent. The next course will start in Brisbane later this month. Several courses are also planned in November for Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin and Perth.

Specialist enterprise skills

Kane said Red Hat's training curriculum is divided into two groups: programs that relate to the RHCE qualification, and courses that build on the skills of RHCE holders.

One of the company's latest specialist training course to start in Australia is the R401 program in enterprise deployment and systems management with the next course scheduled in Melbourne from October 27. The four-day course is designed to supplement the skills of current RHCE holders by building their skills in deploying and managing Red Hat Linux systems to advanced enterprise standards of reliability, availability, scalability and manageability.

A new four-day R423 directory services and authentication course has also been added to the curriculum to extend the skills of RHCE qualified system administrators and IT professionals.

Kane said the specialist R401 and R423 courses will be run by Red Hat on demand.

All Red Hat courses in Australia are taught by Red Hat personnel and have a maximum of 12 students per class.

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