RHEL7 Red Hat Certification overview

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Certification Path Changes

With the arrival of RHEL 7, the Red Hat certification paths have slightly been modified.

The RHCSA Rapid Track course (RH199/200) prepares seasoned administrators for the RHCSA 7 exam.

The RHCE Certification Lab (RH299/300) is geared towards very experimented administrators preparing both RHCSA 7 and RHCE 7. This course allows students to practice many topics in a lab with the help of an instructor. Red Hat recommends following this course before taking the exams.

RHCSA & RHCE Certification Paths


Red Hat Certification Overview

In addition, Red Hat provides a FAQ about its certification program.

Source: Red Hat website.

Additional resources

Red Hat certifications are among the most sought-after certifications but there are not the only ones.
Check the certification page for more information about some other certifications.

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57 comments on “RHEL7 Red Hat Certification overview
  1. number 6 says:

    Thank you for your great work Mr Certdepot, I passed my RHCSA with 300/300.

    Best regards!

  2. xpert123 says:

    Hello, do we have a solution for the “RHCSA7: Task of the day” questions?


  3. anserk says:

    I didn’t know what would be the right place to post it but I would like to thank you for this great site with so much useful information. I like the way you outline everything, very organized and clear.
    You don’t even have advertisements. I would suggest you add a donate option as I’m sure a lot of happy visitors would be willing to buy you a lunch as a token of appreciation.
    I’ve passed my RHCSA a few months ago, and getting ready for RHCE. I used various books and resources but, once you know the general information, for condensed review of the steps and commands your site is the best.

  4. rachelnoline says:

    Hello, I’ve just discovered this site and I find it very useful. I’m about to take the rhcsa exam, and I would like to know if during the exam, it’s possible to use the system-config-* tools for the assignments, I’m not quite confortable with CLI, and find the system-config-* tools very useful.

    Thanks for you reply


    • CertDepot says:

      You shouldn’t rely too much on the system-config-* tools.
      Take the time to familiarize with the CLI, even though it can be painful at the beginning, you will not regret it.

  5. pmm says:

    Hi, I just passed the RHCSA with 300/300!
    Thank you very much for running this great site!

  6. Ernesto says:

    Thanks a lot for your support. I just passed my RHCE, this site was very useful for me. 😀

  7. rhel7baz says:

    Certdepot, do you have any plan to cover other Red Hat certifications after RHCE toward RHCA?

  8. muyiscoi says:

    Just signed up to say a huge thank you to you guys at certdepot! Just passed my RHCSA with 300/300 and this site was very helpful in getting ready, especially the article on LDAP and Autofs. Keep up the great work guys!

  9. suren says:

    Just passed exam, thanks for titanic work CertDepot!!!

  10. bhapat says:

    Thanks for all the nice stuff, u have been doing.
    Just curious if the exam length is 3hrs or not?


  11. POC says:

    Hi CertDepot
    Many thanks for the site and all the excellent work you have done here. I passed the RHCSA today and used this site exclusively to prepare.

    Looking forward to RHCE later this year.

  12. hunter86_bg says:

    How long does it take for the RHCE exam results to be available? I got mine in Friday noon, and still no update.

  13. hunter86_bg says:

    I’ve got mine today. Sadly I got only 270 while expecting 300.
    Sadly due to the NDA I cannot discuss it.

  14. hunter86_bg says:

    By the way, I was thinking about creating a mailing list or a forum.

    @Giles, Tomas, what do you think about this?

    • CertDepot says:

      If you want to create a forum, you will need to moderate it (NDA …) actively and it will take a lot of your time.
      After, I have nothing against this idea.

      • Lisenet says:

        Same here really, as long as you don’t breach NDA, I don’t see a problem with that. A dedicated forum would be really nice, as commenting on blog posts isn’t that convenient (still useful though).

        • CertDepot says:

          I would like to officially thank you to take the time to answer a lot of comments. Thanks.
          In the coming days, I’m going to look at solutions to deploy a forum in this website.

          • Sam says:

            Interesting, an easily maintainable one! I look forward to seeing the implementation.

          • Lisenet says:

            This goes both ways really, thanks to this website my preparation process was much easier. So thank you too!

  15. Sultan says:

    Thank you very much CertDepot. I have passed my RHCSA today (got result only in one hour) with perfect 300 score and now getting ready for RHCE (already 60% prepared). I mainly used Sander’s video course for the preparation plus few other resources and this forum which solved one really crucial point regarding partitioning and LVM. I have decided to write few tips here for others to get the perfect score.

    1. Practice as much a you can especially with time limit of 2:30hrs and do all important tasks in that time.

    2. Do not rely only on one resource and check at least three different resources for important topics.

    3. Make your advance plan and decide for which questions you will go first and stick to that during the exam.

    4. If you are stuck on some question (as I was too), leave it and don’t waste your time on that. Do other questions for which you don’t need to read man-pages. If you can complete all other questions, you’ll at least be safe to get 210. After that, you’ll not have any pressure on your mind and you can try for 300.

    5. Must reboot you machine after completing every important task.

    Thanks again

  16. kkroopani says:

    Hello everyone, I have a question, I want to start studying for my RHCSA, and wanted to know should I use vmware or virsh (Virtual Machine Manager)?

    • CertDepot says:

      The question is more: should I install VMware, VirtualBox or KVM?
      It depends on your current operating system and the time you want to spend on this operation.
      If you use Microsoft Windows and don’t want to spent too much time on this, install VirtualBox.
      If you already use Ubuntu or CentOS/RHEL, install KVM.
      If you are already an expert in VMware, install VMware.

  17. bankai says:

    Certdepot thank you… I passed the exam without formal training and just relying on your website and of course practice.

    I hope you have sample exam for RHCE 7.

  18. scottx says:

    I want to echo the same gratitude as everyone here as well. Thank you very much for this site. I used it to practice and passed my RHCSA today. Due to NDA, I cannot go into details, but I would advise everyone to start with easy questions first.

  19. SpencerArnold888 says:

    Question: when you did your RHCSA, did you have a full QEMU or VMWare menu for the Exam VM, and did you have an Install ISO for Redhat 7?

    • CertDepot says:

      It was a customized virtualization system (certainly based on RHEV/QEMU) but it could change depending on the circonstances.
      As already said several times, a full installation of RHEL 7 would take too much time in an RHCSA exam.

      • SpencerArnold888 says:

        Actually asking due to the fact I got the “big fat zero” on my exam recently, due to not being able to boot from a rescue image to reset the root password. Redhat must really be gouging the punters on the resit fees, having claimed to duplicate a normal working environment, yet denying the option of using the default ISO Image. Makes the mafia look mild in comparison.

  20. phr024 says:

    Thanks for the resources. I had a preparation with Sander van Vught’s series and the company gave me a rapid track course RH199 and an exam and I passed. Now we go for the RHCE exam. Thanks for this great website.

  21. tadas says:

    This site helped me to prepare for RHCSA so I’ll share 15% off coupon with you. It’s good for training and certification exam purchases made over the phone or online at redhat.com through 03-Nov-18.


  22. wbrunc says:

    Does anyone know how much longer the EX200 exam for RH7 will be available?

    • CertDepot says:

      I don’t think anyone knows but you can reasonably expect the EX200 and the EX300 exams to last until the end of this year.

    • Sam says:

      From Memory there is a number of stages when Red Hat roll over for the new version of an exam. There was a beta phase, for the new exam. When the next version becomes live, there is a period of months where both version of the exam can be take. Red hat may change these steps.

    • SpencerArnold888 says:

      No more version 7 as of 1 October 2020, according to redhat’s site. So you have three months.

  23. Mike_ says:

    Not sure this is addressed on your page or not, but one tip that I like to use is to set my “PAGER” variable to ‘less -X’ to ensure that examples don’t disappear when exiting a man page. e.g.

    root@localhost: export PAGER=less -X

    Then when I exit a man page what I was looking at remains on the screen.

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RHCSA7: Task of the day

Allowed time: 10 minutes.
Set up a default configuration HTTP server with SELinux in Enforcing mode and active firewalld configuration.

RHCE7: Task of the day

Allowed time: 10 minutes.
Set up a httpd virtual server called "dummy" with DocumentRoot assigned to /opt.

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