National Credential
Credential: Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) is a performance-based test that measures actual competency on live systems. The RCHE exam Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) is an advanced level certification that demonstrates the knowledge, skill and ability required of senior system administrators for Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems. A candidate for the RHCE must first hold the RHCSA certification. There are no additional education or experience requirements.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 25B Information Technology Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 35L Counterintelligence Agent MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35Q Cryptologic Cyberspace Intelligence Collector - Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35T Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator MOS some          
Enlisted E6 Interactive On-Net Operator ASI most          
Warrant Officer 170A CYBER Operations Technician WOMOS some        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

Star Credential Star icon

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite: RHCSA
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

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Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)

Candidates for the RHCE must first hold the RHCSA certification.

Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)

RHCE exam candidates should consult the RHCSA exam objectives and be capable of RHCSA-level tasks, as some of these skills may be required in order to meet RHCE exam objectives.

  • System Configuration and Management
    • Use network teaming or bonding to configure aggregated network links between two Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems
    • Configure IPv6 addresses and perform basic IPv6 troubleshooting
    • Route IP traffic and create static routes
    • Use firewalled and associated mechanisms such as rich rules, zones and custom rules, to implement packet filtering and configure network address translation (NAT)
    • Use/proc/sys and sysctl to modify and set kernel runtime parameters
    • Configure a system to authenticate using Kerberos
    • Configure a system as either an iSCSI target or initiator that persistently mounts an iSCSI target
    • Produce and deliver reports on system utilization (processor, memory, disk, and network)
    • Use shell scripting to automate system maintenance tasks
  • Network Services
    • Network services are an important subset of the exam objectives. RHCE candidates should be capable of meeting the following objectives for each of the network services listed below:
      • Install the packages needed to provide the service
      • Configure SELinux to support the service
      • Use SELinux port labeling to allow services to use non-standard ports
      • Configure the service to start when the system is booted
      • Configure the service for basic operation
      • Configure host-based and user-based security for the service
    • HTTP/HTTPS
      • Configure a virtual host
      • Configure private directories
      • Deploy a basic CGI application
      • Configure group-managed content
      • Configure TLS security
    • DNS
      • Configure a caching-only name server
      • Troubleshoot DNS client issues
    • NFS
      • Provide network shares to specific clients
      • Provide network shares suitable for group collaboration
      • Use Kerberos to control access to NFS network shares
    • SMB
      • Provide network shares to specific clients
      • Provide network share suitable for group collaboration
    • SMTP
      • Configure a system to forward all email to a central mail server
    • SSH
      • Configure key-based authentication
      • Configure additional options described in documentation
    • NTP
      • Synchronize time using other NTP peers
  • Database Services
    • Install and configure MariaDB
    • Backup and restore a database
    • Create a simple database schema
    • Perform simple SQL queries against a database

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) credential has the following recertification information:

  • If an RHCE earns an eligible Red Hat Certificate of Expertise the RHCSA and RHCE will be current for 3 years from the date the Certificate of Expertise was earned.
  • An RHCE who has not earned any eligible Certificates of Expertise can remain current by taking and passing the EX300 RHCE Certification Exam again before the 3 year current window ends.
  • Additional information regarding recertification can be found on the Red Hat webpage.