Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)

A Red Hat® Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) is able to perform the following tasks:

  • Use essential tools for handling files, directories, command-line environments, and documentation
  • Operate running systems, including booting into different run levels, identifying processes, starting and stopping virtual machines, and controlling services
  • Configure local storage using partitions and logical volumes
  • Create and configure file systems and file system attributes, such as permissions, encryption, access control lists, and network file systems
  • Deploy, configure, and maintain systems, including software installation, update, and core services
  • Manage users and groups, including use of a centralized directory for authentication
  • Manage security, including basic firewall and SELinux configuration

Prerequisites

  • Experienced Red Hat Enterprise Linux system administrators seeking validation of their skills.
  • Students who have attended Red Hat System Administration I and II and are on the path to earn RHCSA certification.
  • Experienced Linux system administrators who require a certification either by their organization or based on a mandate (DOD 8570 directive).
  • IT professionals who are on the path to earn a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®) certification.
  • RHCEs who are non-current or who are about to become non-current and wish to re-certify as RHCEs.

Exams and recommended training

In preparation to earn an RHCSA certification, Red Hat recommends a training path based on a candidate’s background.

Windows system administrators:

Linux or UNIX administrators:

Exam self-study:

  • RHCSA Exam objectives

*Availability of the RHCSA Rapid Track Course varies by country.

To achieve certification, students must pass this exam:

  • RHCSA Exam (EX200) : Performance-based exam that tests the core system administration skills required in Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments.
 

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