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Red Hat Certified Engineer — RHCE

An RHCE® certification is earned by a Red Hat® Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) who has demonstrated the knowledge, skill, and ability required of a senior system administrator responsible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux® systems. Professionals holding this certification have continually helped their companies with successful deployments and migrations.


An RHCE is able to perform the following tasks (in addition to tasks associated with RHCSA):

  • Configuration of static routes, packet filtering, and network address translation
  • Setting kernel runtime parameters
  • Building simple RPMs
  • Configuring an iSCSI initiator
  • Producing and delivering reports on system utilization
  • Using shell scripting to automate system maintenance tasks
  • Configuring system logging, including remote logging
  • Configuring a system to provide networking services, including HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, NFS, SMB, SMTP, SSH, and NTP

Hiring IT professionals who are certified as RHCEs allows many organizations to increase their ratio of servers to administrators, enabling them to be more cost effective in building out their infrastructures without needing to bring on additional resources.


The RHCE certification is designed for:

  • Experienced Linux IT professionals who currently have RHCSA certification and are interested in earning RHCE certification.
  • Experienced Red Hat Enterprise Linux system administrators seeking validation of their skills.
  • Students who have attended Red Hat System Administration I, II, and III or the RHCE Rapid Track Course.
  • Experienced Linux system administrators who require certification either by their organization or based on a mandate (DOD 8570 directive).
  • An RHCE who is non-current and has passed the RHCSA exam.



Benefits to earning a Red Hat certification:

  • Recognition in the industry
  • Increased customer confidence
  • Proof of knowledge and skills
  • Certification verification tool for employers
  • Use of the certification logo on business cards
  • Ability to access multiple Red Hat Certificated Professional online communities (like Facebook and LinkedIn)
  • Access to Red Hat Certification Central website
    • Download certification logo
    • Purchase Red Hat certification gear
    • Red Hat Certified Professionals forum
    • Online profile listed under your certification number
    • Red Hat Certified Professional job search
  • Special offers on training and events

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