Red Hat Certified Engineer – RHCE

by Mirek Burnejko

RHCEYou will not find any other company, that creates the certification program to be as much practical as possible. Red Hat does everything for that, beginning from the lowest level, to the RHCA certification.

Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) is one of the best and well-known certification from the Red Hat portfolio. First, on the exam you will not find any theory. Second, you must have a lot of experience and know almost every aspect of Linux systems. Third, to prepare to the exam you need almost nothing (you can train everything on your own PC).

For real passionates and engineers who want to push their career forward, RHCE allows to move it to a different level. Passing the RHCE exam is one of many steps to achieve the Red Hat Certified Architect Exam (RHCA).

Let’s look what we should do, to prepare and pass the exam. We cover a new version of the exam, which is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

What Exams You Must Pass to Become RHCE

You must pass the RHCE exam (EX300).
If you want to be RHCE you must first pass the RHCSA certification (EX200 exam). Of course, you can pass the RHCE exam before, but the full RHCE title you can posses, only after passing these two exams.

Format of the Exam

The RCHE exam is practical. You have two hours to do all tasks from the exam guide. On the exam you do not have an access to the internet, but you can use official Red Hat documentation and all internal resources, like man pages.

Where You Can Pass the RHCE Exam

You can pass the exam in an authorized examination center. The best way to find a place for the exam is google. Just type “EX300 + YourCity”.

How Much Does the RHCE Exam Cost

The exam costs $400 plus taxes. One of the best option is to buy an official training with the exam on the end of the course.

How To Renew Your RHCE Certification

The certification (RHCE version 6) is valid for three years. To renew your certification, you must pass an Expertise Exam (which is needed for the RHCA certification) or pass an actual version of the RHCE exam.

Scope of the RHCE exam

To pass the Red Hat Certified Engineer exam you must know all aspects from the RHCTS exam plus additional topics, specially configuration of the network services. All subjects you can find on the official website or in the preparation materials.

How To Prepare to the Exam

  • Books that will help you with the preparation process:
  • Lab
    • You will pass the exam on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Of course you can install Red Hat Linux at your computer or a virtual machine, but without a license you can’t download anything from the Red Hat repositories. So the best way is to install CentOS which is derived entirely from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution. We recommend to do some labs with the Red Hat Linux, to have an idea about integration with the Red Hat portal and the license manager.
    • The best way for you, to learn materials for the RHCE exam is a virtual environment. You can build a free lab on you workstation with CentOS and VirtualBox. More in that great video.
    • A good place to start your preparation to the RHCE exam is an cheat-sheet by mconigliaro on GitHub
  • Trainings
    • Great for beginnings is a video training by CBT Nuggets for $500 (you can watch free samples)
    • You can choose an official Red Hat training. One of the best solutions is a virtual class for $2800 (5 days).
    • A lot of companies have in the offer Fast Track trainings. After five days of training you can pass the official exam. The course with the exam costs $2000 – $4000. One of the best training companies is GlobalKnowledge. You can find a fast track training around you. Just type in google “rhce fast track + [your city|your country]”.

Examples of Job Opportunities

Success Story

If you interested with sharing your success story with RHCE please contact me.

Questions and Answers

Q: Can I verify the RHCE certification?
A: You can verify it on the official website.

  • Vijay Singh

    I passed RHCE in December, 2005. Now, in May I want renew for my RHCE certification. If not, then what should I do next because I want to go for RHCA certification?

    • ICM

      Hi Vijay.
      All about Recertification policies for RHCE, you can find here:

      “For RHCEs earned under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, they are required to recertify their RHCE certification to retain upper-level credentials such as Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS), Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS), and Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA).”

      All requirements for RHCA, you can find on the official page.

  • I am Aditya Nepalia ,first of all ..this was very motivational and helpful .I am having 1 year of networking experience working in India and now if I go for RHCE , so how is the future for RHCE in IT industry and are there any chances of working abroad ?

    • I can tell you about Europe. In Europe RHCE is very popular and known almost everywhere. I had a conversation with RHCA (the highest level) and his managers didn’t know what is RHCA, but everyone knows what is RHCE. Lab + Prestige. As far as I know in USA it’s also very popular.

    • RHCE is almost a necessity to go and work for Red Hat support. Working abroad you may find difficult in general, for a lot of European and American IT companies off-shore to India. Australia might be an option, or an Indian company with offices abroad.

  • baiju

    i passed both rhcsa and rhce exam . but didnt receice certicfcate of Rhce exam via mail. what to do

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    Have a look by yourself.


  • Alex

    Did it in 2009. Not really difficult if you have a strong Linux Background (not necessarily RHEL), but huge as an exam, and you can easily waste the 2 hours doing pretty much petty things in the exam.
    Also, you can loose a lot of points with petty things not exactly equal to the end result intended.
    This 2 issues together is what makes the exam difficult and get you a fail.