December 31 2013 – A Phase Out for RHCSS and RHCDS
December 31, 2013 will stand as an important date in history. It marks the phasing out of two marvelous Red Hat certifications – Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS) and Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS).
RHCDS collaborated certificates of expertise EX 401 – Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Deployment and Systems Management, EX 436 – Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Clustering and Storage Management and an alternative between EX 318 – Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator or EX 423 – Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Directory Services and Authentication.
A beautiful combination of three certificates of expertise EX 423 – Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Directory Services and Authentication, EX 333 – Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Security: Network Services and EX 429 – Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in SE Linux Policy Administration had contributed towards the RHCSS certification. However, since the launch of EX 413 – Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening, aspirants who earn EX 429 and any two from EX 423 or EX 333 or EX 413 is still eligible to crack the RHCSS certification.
The above mentioned remains the case until the calendar throws December 31 2013. The status’ will no longer be available from 2014.
However, candidates who already are RHCSS/RHCDS/RHCA holders and those who achieve RHCSS/RHCDS/RHCA by this year end, will continue to enjoy possession of the status as long as they keep their RHCE current.
For candidates who are already in the Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) track, the previously achieved certificates of expertise EX 423/EX 333 will still be considered as two of the five certificates to earn the RHCA status. This is until Red Hat launches new RHCA programs under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.
New Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) wannabe’s, from January 1 2014, will need to achieve the following five certificates of expertise to conquer the coveted capstone certification.
- Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (EX 318)
- Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening (EX413)
- Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Deployment and Systems Management (EX401)
- Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Clustering and Storage Management (EX436)
- Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Performance Tuning (EX442)
That is news; We are bidding bye two certifications this year end, but what is new is really new, big, promising and challenging!