Red Hat Certified Datacentre Specialist (RHCDS)

An RHCDS has the skills and knowledge necessary to build reliable, available, scalable, and manageable solutions in mission-critical datacentre environments using fully-supported open source technologies from Red Hat.

Curriculum and Expertise Exams

  • Only current RHCEs are eligible to be certified as a Red Hat Certified Datacentre Specialist (RHCDS), while anyone can attend the courses in this track. Verify your RHCE.
  • Current RHCEs will obtain RHCDA certification upon successfully passing all three Expertise Exams.
  • The courses are not required as the tests can be taken separately but they are strongly recommended.
RHCDS Courses (Recommended)Certificates of Expertise (Must pass all 3 for RHCDS)
RH401 Red hat Enterprise Deployment and Systems ManagementEX401 Deployment and Systems Management Exam
RH436 Red Hat Enterprise Clustering and Storage ManagementEX436 Red Hat Enterprise Clustering and Storage Management Exam
RH423 Red Hat Enterprise Directory Services and Authentication
--OR--
RH318 Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
EX423 Red Hat Enterprise Directory Services and Authentication Exam
--OR--
RHCVA Certification

Each course in Red Hat’s Datacentre curriculum is followed by an Expertise Exam on the fifth day. Expertise Exams may be taken immediately following the corresponding course or at any other time. The exams are performance-based and test skills of the job role competencies covered in the prior four days of hands-on training. Passing an Expertise Exam earns the candidate a Certificate of Expertise to his or her RHCE credential for a specific security skillset. Expertise Exams vary in length from 4 to 8 hours depending on the course.