Red Hat® Certified Architect (RHCA®)

Red Hat® Certified Architect (RHCA®)

  • Red Hat® Certified System Administrator (RHCSA®) in Red Hat® OpenStack® Exam
  • Red Hat® Certified Engineer (RHCE®) in Red Hat® OpenStack® Exam
  • A Red Hat® Certified Architect (RHCA®) is a Red Hat® Certified Engineer (RHCE®), Red Hat® Certified Enterprise Microservices Developer (RHCEMD), or Red Hat® Certified JBoss® Developer (RHCJD) who has attained the highest level of certification by passing—and keeping current—five additional certifications chosen from the system administrator and developer lists below.

    Red Hat® provides the opportunity to earn two different kinds of Red Hat® Certified Architect (RHCA®) certifications: Red Hat® Certified Architect in Infrastructure and Red Hat® Certified Architect in Enterprise Applications. Candidates can choose to follow both paths or earn credentials that might not be on the RHCA® path they are pursuing.

    Candidate Guidance

    Consider Red Hat®'s recommended certification combinations

    RHCA® program requirements are flexible and can adapt to a wide variety of interests and needs. Organizations that use Red Hat® technologies and the IT professionals who work for them are the best judges of which certifications address their needs.

    However, many IT professionals and organizations seek guidance from Red Hat® on which certifications might best be applied to unique needs, so below are the suggested combinations of certifications that can help chart the journey to becoming an RHCA® or to assist recruiters and managers in finding the skills they need to build out their teams.

    The recommended combinations are subject to change as technologies evolve and emerge, and keep in mind that pursuing a specific combination does not confer a different certification. Of course, all certifications listed can be earned independently, regardless of whether a candidate is an RHCE®, RHCEMD, RHCJD, or has none of those certifications.*

    *Please note that becoming a Red Hat® Certified Specialist in Enterprise Microservices Development requires an RHCJD credential.

    Expand your options with a Red Hat® Learning Subscription

    Joining the RHCA® ranks requires significant time and effort, so we recommend the Red Hat® Learning Subscription as the most cost-effective and flexible option for those pursuing this credential. Best of all, RHCA®s are eligible for a 50% discount on a Red Hat® Learning Subscription to help keep credentials current or pursue new ones.

    Retired certifications that can be applied toward RHCA®

    Red Hat® has several certifications that are no longer available for new candidates or renewal. These certifications will be applied toward the RHCA® credential while they remain current:

    RHCA® in Infrastructure:

    • Red Hat® Certified Specialist in Security: Network Services
    • Red Hat® Certified Specialist in Directory Services and Authentication
    • Red Hat® Certified Specialist in SELinux Policy Administration
    • Red Hat® Certified Specialist in Container Management
    • Red Hat® Certified Specialist in Containerized Application Development

    RHCA® in Enterprise Applications:

    • Red Hat® Certified Specialist in Seam
    • Red Hat® Certified Specialist in ESB
    • Red Hat® Certified Specialist in Application Server Management

    Guidance for RHCEMDs and RHCJDs

    An RHCA® credential is a good fit for Red Hat® Certified Enterprise Microservices Developers (RHCEMDs) and Red Hat® Certified JBoss Developers (RHCJDs) who wish to demonstrate greater depth and breadth of knowledge and skills in Red Hat®'s middleware and applications products.

    RHCEMDs and RHCJDs may select any combination within the Enterprise Applications track, and those who earn five or more credentials from the developer list below become Red Hat® Certified Architects in Enterprise Applications.

    It is highly recommended (but not required) that all candidates for Red Hat® Certified Architect in Enterprise Applications earn these certifications:

    The recommended combinations of certifications that follow assume these two certifications have been earned.

    Application acceleration and integration

    Today’s enterprise applications must keep up with business demands that are changing faster than ever before. Earning three of these certifications will help speed the development cycle and the pace at which new applications and functionality are integrated and deployed:

    Application automation

    When things must happen both faster and more reliably, automation is the key. Earning these certifications and one more from the developer list below can help streamline the way applications are developed and managed.

    DevOps, containers, and OpenShift

    DevOps is all about hastening the speed at which an idea or feature request ends up in the hands of an application’s users. Developers are now empowered to decide the environment in which their applications run and create continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines that make today's checked-in changes tomorrow’s production code.

    Earning these certifications plus three more from the developer list below can help organizations ramp up their production cycles.

    Guidance for RHCEs

    Red Hat® Certified Engineers (RHCE®s) seeking to demonstrate greater depth and breadth of knowledge and skills in Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® and across other Red Hat® products can benefit from the RHCA® credential.

    RHCE®s are free to choose any combination of certifications within the RHCA® in Infrastructure list above, and earning five or more certifications from the system administrator list below allows candidates to become a Red Hat® Certified Architect in Infrastructure.

    A higher level of RHCA® credential can be attained by earning more than five credentials beyond the base credentials. For example, earning six credentials beyond RHCD, RHCEMD, or RHCJD earns an RHCA® Level II designation as long as the six credentials remain current. If one of the credentials becomes non-current, the RHCA® reverts to Level I, and if another credential becomes non-current, the RHCA® status would no longer apply.

    Consider the recommended certification combinations below.

    Open hybrid cloud program

    Red Hat® believes that the open hybrid cloud is the present and future of enterprise computing. The need for agility, flexibility, and cost containment make having options essential.

    Earning five of these certifications is preparation for taking organizations to the cloud in the ways that best match their business requirements:

    DevOps, containers, and OpenShift program

    Containers are changing the way applications are developed, tested, and deployed, and Red Hat® OpenShift Container Platform is how Red Hat® does containers.

    For organizations that want to speed their application development cycle, containers are a natural fit. However, creating a continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline requires more than containers—it also requires automation. DevOps offers an approach to automation that not only helps link legacy apps with newer cloud-native apps and infrastructure, but does so through fast-paced, iterative IT service delivery.

    Red Hat®'s DevOps, containers, and OpenShift recommendations cover the learning needed to succeed in today’s app-hungry world. Earning these four credentials plus one more from the system administrators list below can help transform the way organizations deliver applications to their customers.

    Telco Cloud program

    Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are transforming the telecommunications industry, replacing older, inflexible hardware-based solutions with flexible, virtualization-based ones. Red Hat® OpenStack Platform and other Red Hat® technologies are essential building blocks for today's and tomorrow's telco industry. The following certifications must be earned to validate the skills and knowledge needed by today's telco IT professionals.

    Linux mastery program

    The reliability, scalability, performance, and manageability of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® comprise the heart of many of Red Hat®’s technologies. Red Hat® do not use the term “mastery” lightly—to dig deep and focus exclusively on Linux®, choose five of these certifications:

    Prove your skills and knowledge

    The system administrator and developer lists below identify which certifications can be applied to which type of RHCA® track. Emerging practices in enterprise computing can blur the distinctions between roles, so some certifications can be applied to both tracks.

    To attain Red Hat® Certified Architect in Infrastructure status, an RHCE® must earn at least 5 certifications from this system administrator list:

    To attain Red Hat® Certified Architect in Enterprise Applications status, an RHCEMD or RHCJD must earn at least 5 certifications from this developers list:

    Test your skills and knowledge

    The best training path for becoming an RHCA® depends on the credentials you or your team want to earn. Red Hat® offers multiple ways to train in courses aligned with all of its certification exams.

    In addition to the exam offerings below, review our full list of courses to find other training options that might best suit your certification objectives.

    To attain and maintain RHCA® status, an RHCE® must pass at least 5 of the following exams and keep the associated certifications current:

    To attain RHCA® status, an RHCEMD or RHCJD must pass at least 5 of the following exams and keep the associated certifications current:

    Red Hat® Certified System Administrator (RHCSA®) in Red Hat® OpenStack® Exam

    The Red Hat® Certified System Administrator in Red Hat® OpenStack® exam (EX210) tests the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to create, configure, and manage private clouds using Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® and Red Hat® OpenStack® Platform. The exam validates the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to create, configure, and manage private clouds using these platforms.

    By passing this exam, you become a Red Hat® Certified System Administrator (RHCSA®) in Red Hat® Openstack®, which also counts toward becoming a Red Hat® Certified Architect (RHCA®).

    This exam is based on Red Hat® OpenStack® Platform 13.0.

    What You Need to Know

    Preparation

    We encourage you to consider attending Red Hat® OpenStack® Administration I: Core Operations for Cloud Operators (CL110) and Red Hat® OpenStack® Administration II: Infrastructure Configuration for Cloud Administrators (CL210) to help prepare. Attendance in these classes is not required; students can choose to take just the exam.

    While attending Red Hat® classes can be an important part of your preparation, attending class does not guarantee success on the exam. Previous experience, practice, and native aptitude are also important determinants of success.

    Many books and other resources on system administration for Red Hat® products are available. We do not endorse any of these materials as preparation guides for exams. Nevertheless, you may find additional reading helpful to deepen your understanding.

    Exam Format

    This exam is a performance-based evaluation of Red Hat® OpenStack® skills and knowledge. You will be asked to perform a number of systems administration tasks focused on configuring and administering an OpenStack® cloud and will be evaluated on whether you have met specific objective criteria. Performance-based testing means that you must perform tasks similar to what you will perform on the job. This exam consists of one section lasting 4 hours.

    Scores and Reporting

    Official scores for exams come exclusively from Red Hat® Certification Central. Red Hat® does not authorize examiners or training partners to report results to candidates directly. Scores on the exam are usually reported within 3 US business days.

    Exam results are reported as section scores. Red Hat® does not report performance on individual items, nor will we provide additional information upon request.


    Red Hat® Certified Engineer (RHCE®) in Red Hat® OpenStack® Exam

    The Red Hat® Certified Engineer (RHCE®) in Red Hat® OpenStack® exam (EX310) tests your ability to configure advanced networking in a director-based Red Hat® OpenStack® environment.

    By passing this exam, you become a Red Hat® Certified Specialist, which also counts toward becoming a Red Hat® Certified Architect (RHCA®).

    This exam is based on Red Hat® OpenStack® version 10.

    What You Need to Know

    Preparation

    Red Hat® encourages all candidates for the Red Hat® Certified Engineer (RHCE®) in Red Hat® OpenStack® exam to consider taking Red Hat® OpenStack® Administration I (CL110), Red Hat® OpenStack® Administration II (CL210), and Red Hat® OpenStack® Administration III: Networking & Foundations of NFV (CL310) to help prepare. Attendance in these classes is not required; students can choose to take just the exam.

    While attending Red Hat® classes can be an important part of one's preparation to take this exam, attending class does not guarantee success on the exam. Previous experience, practice, and native aptitude are also important determinants of success.

    Many books and other resources on system administration for Red Hat®'s products are available. Red Hat® does not officially endorse any as preparation guides for its exam. Nevertheless, you may find additional reading deepens understanding and can prove helpful.

    Exam Format

    This exam is a performance-based evaluation of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® OpenStack® Platform 10 administration skills and knowledge. You perform a number of routine administration and configuration tasks and are evaluated on whether they have met specific objective criteria.

    Performance-based testing means that you must perform tasks similar to what you perform on the job.

    This is a single-section exam lasting 3 hours.

    Scores and Reporting

    Official scores for exams come exclusively from Red Hat® Certification Central. Red Hat® does not authorize examiners or training partners to report results to candidates directly. Scores on the exam are usually reported within 3 US business days.

    Exam results are reported as total scores. Red Hat® does not report performance on individual items, nor will it provide additional information upon request.


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