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Ten Certifications That Actually Mean Something




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The Red Hat certification program is seen as one of the most prominent Linux certification programs, if not the most prominent. What distinguishes the Red Hat certification program is that it is performance-based - i.e., candidates must perform specified tasks on a live system and not just take a computer-based, multiple-choice test. Within the Red Hat certification program, the Red Hat Certified Architect is considered the most complete (and grueling) certification amongst the seven major Red Hat certifications (some equate the prestige of the RHCA as equal to that of the Microsoft Certified Master and possibly the CCIE). The program provides an enterprise-level focus on the Red Hat technology solutions. Red Hat systems provide unique, cost-effective infrastructure management systems such as cloud systems and server technology to enterprises.

What gives meaning to a certification? Is it the certification vendor? Is it the subject? Or is it the perceived difficulty, mystique or aura? Or might it be something totally different? There are some certifications and/or vendors that are perceived to be more valuable - think of Cisco's CCIE, which has been perceived as meaning something (value) since its inception. Then there are other certifications that don't have this same perceived value - certifications that are seen as too easy or ones that might be seen as entry-level certifications. Global Knowledge instructor Randy Muller, MCT, MCTS, MCSE, CEH, has identified a list of certifications that do have perceived value and worth.

 

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