Evolution of the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) Path

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We are proud to announce the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification path will be updated to reflect the changes in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (RHEL8) release along with a focus on Ansible automation.  Linux automation is key for system administrators in today’s IT market. With the changing IT landscape, system administrators need to understand automation fundamentals as well as know how to deploy, configure, and manage an operating system.

The new RHCE certification path will now focus on the automation of Linux system administration tasks using RHEL8, Ansible, and shell scripting, which will be supplemented by a new course and exam. By shifting the focus of RHCE to the automation of system administration we are reflecting the current reality for organizations that have begun their digital transformation journey and the coming reality for all IT organizations. We have curated resources to answer any questions you may have regarding the new RHCE program changes:

  • Find out more about these changes by reading the Red Hat blog post
  • Have questions? View the RHCE FAQ
  • Ask questions and join the RHCE discussion in the Red Hat Learning Community.


Randy Russell

Director of Red Hat Certification

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Randy Russell is the director of Certification and leads the team that develops and delivers Red Hat's certification programs and exams. A long-time proponent of performance-based testing, he has served on the board and as president and chairman of the Performance Testing Council, as well as having presented on this subject and others at industry conferences such as the Association of Test Publishers, the European Association of Test Publishers, CeDMA and TSIA. Prior to joining Red Hat, Russell was a system administrator and programmer at an environmental economics consulting firm.