Some time ago I decided I wanted to improve my knowledge of some more advanced Linux / Architecture topics. Looking at the gaps in my knowledge I found couldn't immediately find any obvious next steps. Don't get me wrong, I'm experienced but I don't pretend to have all knowledge, wisdom or experience. It's just that there are soo many different technologies out there that even when you're smack in the middle of things, it's hard to know what's next.
For that reason I decided to try and become an RHCA, a Redhat Certified Architect. The course paths offered to become an RHCA are a limited set of possible courses and technologies. Plus you get to have a cool title when you make it ;-)
I used the term some time ago in the intro this post. It's actually been some months if not almost a year ago I made that decision. As things go, work, family and other fun projects got in the way of things. So I decided to start a blog post series to keep myself more disciplined and build a schedule to stick to.
Later today I'll post my RCHSA study schedule and I will post daily updates on where I stand. True to my intentions for my blog I will also use this blog as documentation and post notes on the various objectives and stuff I learn.
What I'll need to do
To adchieve the RCHA certification I'll need to adchieve my RCHE (Redhat Certified Engineer) certification and and additional five credentials. This is put simply no easy task. Unlike other IT certifications, the Redhat exams are all hands-on and are very hard to pass. These are true, hands-on tests that evaluate your knowledge skills.
I haven't decided what additional certifications I will persue, I'm currently focussing on attaining my RHCSA and RHCE certifications.
What I have
Luckily I'm not new to Linux. It's hard to give yourself a skill level assessment, but I do consider myself a Linux expert. My first Linux experience dates back to early 2000, when I trashed the family computer and installed the newly released Corel Linux. Fortunately my LUG helped me fix things with a Debian installation and I've been hooked ever since.
From the exam objectives I think the RCHSA won't pose any problems. The RHCE exam is a bit more challenging but I don't think I'll have any issues if I put in some good studying hours.
What's interesting is EX294, the RHCE exam for RHEL8, looks a lot simpler to me than the previous EX300 (the RHCE exam for RHEL7). A lot of core Linux focus has been replaced by Ansible focussed skills.
When I'll get there
I really don't know. I don't have a set end date in mind, but I do want to have my RHCE by the end of the year, at the latest. As I said I don't think the objectives set for the RHCSA and RHCE will be a problem for me, I think time is more of an issue. Working full time and a family with three little girls all take their time.
If I allot myself two months per extra certification (which isn't that much time) it will take more than 10 months. So if I can call myself a Redhat Certified Architect by the end of 2020, I think I more than succeeded. Heck, getting to call yourself an RHCA, no matter the timeframe is a succes!