Red Hat Training and Certification is pleased to announce the introduction of Red Hat Preliminary Exams and our first offering is, PE180 Red Hat Preliminary Exam in Containers, Kubernetes and OpenShift.
Red Hat Academy students and instructors, this is a great opportunity for you to be able to test out your skills on OpenShift. Check out our blog post.
Where should I report technical (backend network) issues related to the PE180 exam environment?
"Passing a Preliminary Exam does not confer a certification. Passing a Preliminary Exam means someone has shown they are on the road towards production-level proficiency within a specific technology."
You might as well set up a homelab and get on the road towards production-level proficiency without spending money on the PE exam.
I think the PEs still have their place in the Red Hat universe.
They have a lot of advantages, such as:
There's not much compromise though. PEs are still hands-on, still quite difficult to pass. They are just full certifications made smaller and cheaper. I'm pretty excited about PEs!
That said, of course PEs aren't for everyone. If you have full RHLS, or are RHCA, you wouldn't aim for PEs. I can imagine though taking a PE in an area that you aren't an expert in just to test what a technology is about, and to gain some ground and deeper understanding (i.e. deep dive into what are these containers and what could they be used for).
Just my 2c, and personal opinion. Of course, being employed by RH means I'm not partial, but to me, personally, PEs sound like a win for a lot of students.