Red Hat Offers New Foundational Course

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Linux solutions provider Red Hat has introduced a new entry-level course designed for the large number of IT professionals who want to familiarize themselves with the open-source operating system. Peter Childers, vice president of global learning services, Red Hat, said that recent increases in the number of participants on both the low and the high ends of his organization’s certification spectrum attested to the rising demand for Linux credentials and training—hence, Red Hat’s new RH035: Red Hat Linux Essentials for Windows Professionals course.


“We’re seeing growth at the entry level of curriculum, which is what the RH035 course is all about. It’s growth in that entry-level market of people coming into Red Hat Enterprise Linux without any prior Linux or UNIX experience and, particularly, coming in with Windows professional experience,” Childers said. “They are system admins, network admins and Microsoft Certified Professionals of one kind or another. They are a growing percentage of our inbound participants. The initial goal for anybody who doesn’t have any prior Linux or UNIX experience is the Red Hat Certified Technician credential, which is sort of a halfway point on your way to Red Hat Certified Engineer, our flagship.”


The first day of the five-day program is designed to conceptually and technically transition Windows professionals by utilizing their own familiarity with the OS to the environments, capabilities and issues they will confront when they administer Linux systems. During the next four days, participants delve further into Linux skills such as the command line, use of scripting languages and editors, file system basics and configuration of workstations and servers. The course segues candidates into the RH133: Red Hat Linux System Administration curriculum. “Those two courses make up nine days of training,” Childers said. “After that, participants can take their shot at Red Hat Certified Technician, which is a performance-based test run on a live system.”


These courses are not prerequisites for the Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT), though, and are not recommended for individuals with a certain level of Linux comprehension. “I would think this course would not necessarily be needed by those with prior hands-on experience with Linux,” Childers said. “They can usually start right in at RH133.” He added that Red Hat offers free online assessment systems to give guidance to certification candidates on which courses are right for them based on education and experience.


The increasing levels of participation in Linux certification programs are indicative of IT professionals’ desire to diversify their skill sets rather than changing horses mid-race. “Switching sides is less of an issue than integrating environments,” Childers said. “Multiple operating system certifications are very valuable to integrating in a heterogeneous environment. Surveys show that those with multiple certifications—and multiple high-value certifications—have stayed employed and competitive, even during the IT recession.”


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