This week I bought a Red Hat Learning Subscription. Training is a very important part for me as freelancer and you need to spend a minimum of 5% in time and budget on this every year. Since I have a long-term assignment, time is a bit of an issue. Yes. Learning needs to take place in the evenings and weekends. But since winter season is coming, it’s okay.

Both mu RHCSA and RHCE certifications are expired since a month or so. I was waiting for the RHEL8 exams to be ready but unfortunately I only had some days between release and expiry date. So I have to pass both again. RHCSA is easy. RHCE a bit more difficult for RHEL8, since Ansible is a big part of the exam. Since I’d already done EX407/Ansible in the past, RHCE shouldn’t be a big problem. But I do need to spend time in the lab in advanced. Red Hat exams are hands-on and setting up a Kerberised NFS share or iSCSI target isn’t daily routine (besides that: NetApp and 3PAR will take care of that).

So, RHCSA (easy), RHCE (more difficult) and EX407/Ansible need to be done again. With 4 more specialist exams I would achieve the Red Hat Certified Architect status. Unfortunately, getting the required training for – let’s say – Satellite or IPA is difficult. The products are licenced and the open source upstream isn’t always usable due to the integration with Red Hat products.

Getting training for a week will costs about 3.000 euro, but since I’m not able to work for that week, it will cost another 3.000 euro on income loss. So yes, a Red Hat learning subscription is expensive, but on the other hand really cheap. For the 7.000 euro you’d get access to all official training material and 5 exams of choice (and 2 retakes in total if needed).

For this year: RHCSA8, RHCE8 and EX407 (Certified Specialist in Ansible Automation). For next year I hope to do: EX403 (Red Hat Certified Specialist in Deployment and Systems Management), EX362 (Red Hat Certified Specialist in Identity Management), EX280 (Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration) and EX210 (Red Hat Certified System Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack).