Certifications compared: Linux+ vs RHCSA/RHCE

Introduction: Linux talent most sought-after by employers

In the past couple of years, there has been a growing demand for open source skills in order to fill shortage gaps. According to the 2018 Open Source Technology Jobs Report, 87% of surveyed hiring companies had difficulties finding the right talents, and 83% are prioritizing hiring professionals with open-source skills: “80% of hiring managers are looking for tech professionals with Linux expertise. 55% of employers are now also offering to pay for employee certifications, up from 47% in 2017 and only 34% in 2016,” according to The Linux Foundation®.

There are a few certifications that can definitely help a professional advance in their open-source career. If Linux is your objective, then CompTIA’s Linux+ or Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) and Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) are possible options. Whether you’re new to Linux, experienced in Linux or a master of Linux, one of these certifications can be for you.

CompTIA vs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux — training and certification

It’s important to note that both CompTIA and Red Hat offer a job-relevant, hands-on training curriculum and each have a robust, performance-based certification program for interested candidates. The focus, however, varies.

CompTIA Linux+: A non-vendor certification that tests an individual’s knowledge, skills and abilities to build, use and manage Linux operating systems. This is a good option for IT professionals who already have at least 12 months of hands-on experience administering Linux operating systems.

The new CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-004) exam now includes 90 questions and replaces the two tests that used to be necessary up until this year (LX0-103 & LX0-104). The cost is $319 USD. The exam lasts 90 minutes and has a passing score of 720/900. Please note that it is no longer possible to take the test (Read more...)

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