Red Hat Certified Engineer — RHCE

A Red Hat® Certified Engineer (RHCE®) is a Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) who possesses additional skills, knowledge, and abilities required of a senior system administrator responsible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux® systems.

An RHCE is capable of:

  • Configuring static routes, packet filtering, and network address translation.

  • Setting kernel runtime parameters.

  • Configuring an Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) initiator.

  • Producing and delivering reports on system utilization.

  • Using shell scripting to automate system maintenance tasks.

  • Configuring system logging, including remote logging.

  • Configuring a system to provide networking services, including HTTP/HTTPS, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), network file system (NFS), server message block (SMB), Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), secure shell (SSH) and Network Time Protocol (NTP).


Certification program requirements:

  • Candidates for RHCE must also earn a RHCSA certification on the same Red Hat Enterprise Linux version. Candidates may take the RHCE Exam (EX300) before the RHCSA Exam (EX200), but the RHCSA must be earned before RHCE is awarded.

  • The RHCE Exam consists of 1 section lasting up to 4 hours.

  • The exam is performance-based, meaning that candidates must perform tasks on a live system, rather than answering questions about how someone might perform those tasks.

  • Real-world experience is valuable preparation for this hands-on exam.

  • RHCEs certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or later are considered current for 3 years after the date on which the certification was earned. Current status can be extended by passing additional Red Hat exams. See recertification policies for more information.


The following audiences may be interested in earning RHCE:

  • RHCSAs who wish to earn a more senior-level credential.

  • Experienced senior system administrators who have not yet certified.

  • Course participants in Red Hat Training who have completed System Administration I, II, and II, or who have completed the RHCE Rapid Track Course.

  • Experienced system administrators who require certification for their job or by mandate (e.g., US Department of Defense Directive 8570).


Earning a Red Hat certification gives you:

  • Recognition in the industry.

  • Increased customer confidence.

  • Proof of knowledge and skills.

  • Certification verification tool for employers.

  • Use of the certification logo on business cards.

  • Ability to access multiple Red Hat Certificated Professional (RHCP) online communities, such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

  • Access to Red Hat Certification Central website, so you can:

    • Download a certification logo.

    • Purchase Red Hat certification gear.

    • Participate in a RHCP forum.

    • List your online profile under your certification number.

    • Use the Red Hat Certified Professional job search.

  • Special offers on training and events.


In preparation to earn an RHCE certification, Red Hat recommends a training path based on a candidate’s background.

Windows system administrators with minimal Linux experience:

Linux or UNIX administrators with 1-3 years of experience:

Experienced Solaris administrators:

Senior Linux administrators:

Exam self-study:

*Availability of the RHCE Rapid Track Course varies by country.

[To achieve certification, students must pass these Exams]