Getting training and exams done in 2020 has been challenging. After reaching my RHCE mid-February, I am now proud to say that I achieved my Red Hat Certified Architect in Infrastructure certification less than 9 months later.
To reach my RHCA, I took the following Red Hat exams. As you can see, it is OpenShift and Ansible all the way down:
- EX180 Red Hat Certified Specialist in Containers and Kubernetes
- EX280 Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration
- EX288 Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Application Development
- EX407 Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Automation
- EX447 Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Best Practices
Of course, the journey does not end here as there are quite a few interesting topics still to learn!
Working for Red Hat certainly has its perks. One of them being that I have access to all the content from Red Hat University and I am able to take Red Hat exams for free. With these perks come of course some expectations. Customers expect a Red Hat TAM to be knowledgeable on a wide range of Red Hat products, even if they are not directly related to the function of the TAM.
The most common certifications for System Administrators and also for new TAMs are the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) and the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE). So after passing my RHCSA exam in December 2019, I passed the exam EX294V8 to become a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) in mid-February. The next step is obviously to become a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA), in my case focussed on Cloud technologies such as OpenShift and Containerisation.
To prepare for the RHCE, I used Red Hat University Online courses (RH294) and also prepared using Tomas Nevars Ansible Sample Exam. As others have already noted, the RHCE for RHEL8 is a pure Ansible exam, so knowing your Ansible playbooks in and out will help you with the exam. The above courses and sample exam are great preparations for the exam itself.
So after completing the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certificate back in October, I thought that this would be a good idea to also pursue the Solutions Architect certificate. So just before Christmas, I succeeded in getting the second AWS certification:
At SBB, for some workload we are leveraging the wonderful capabilities of Amazon Web Services. As a result, I have been working a lot more with AWS for the past few months and have decided to go for the SysOps certification. So here we go, I am now an “AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate”:
While some AWS services are not perfect, I enjoy it very much to work with such a great platform. I am even thinking about getting more AWS certifications :).