What's an RHCT certification?
This certification is issued after a 3h practical exam that is usually prepared by two courses in Linux administration. The certification confirms the level required for administrating linux stations in a production environment, but it does not involve the more complex server setups found in the RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer), the highest certification level for RedHat linux.
I can't say much on the exam itself, as you have to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement before taking the test, so I won't talk about the content of the exam.
Suffice to say that it is split in 2 parts:
Note that there is no paper exam in this test, no mutliple choice questions, nothing that has to be written down. It's just you and your computer.
You must resolve all issues in the first part, 100% success is mandatory. In short, you're given a computer with a number of problems, and you are told to solve them.
The second part has about 10 different configuration tasks to perform and you must achieve 70% success rate before you're awarded the RHCT.
To someone wanting to take the exam, I would recommend the following:
I wouldn't recommend taking the exam if you don't have at least 2 months hands-on experience in working with linux, and in particular with !RedHat as some aspect of their system is specific (like the tools used to configure the system for instance).
Most of the questions -and their answers- are relatively straightforward, but it's very easy to get caught into a tiny bit of detail that will make you waste too much time. Most of us could achieve a fair bit with linux, given enough time to do it. The exam, on the other hand, condenses a lot of relatively small -but important- tasks into a short period of time, so there is no room for much hesitation.
During the exam, make sure you read all the instructions more than once: some tasks are related or easier to perform if they are done in the right sequence. Take also care to number the tasks by increased difficulty and proceed to complete the tasks in that order. This ensures that you don't miss out on what you consider easy, and it gives you more room for the harder tasks.
Awaiting the verdict
Now I just have to wait for the results. I hope I didn't make any blunder and missed something or misunderstood a question. We'll know soon enough. I should have the results next week.
I just got the results by email this morning and here are the results:
The results of your RHCT Certification Exam are reported below. The RHCT Certification Exam allows candidates to qualify for the Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) certificate. <:vspace> SECTION I: TROUBLESHOOTING RHCT requirements: completion of compulsory items (50 points) <:vspace> Compulsory troubleshooting score: 50.0 <:vspace> SECTION II: INSTALLATION AND CONFIGURATION RHCT minimum requirements: 70 percent on RHCT components <:vspace> Installation and Configuration score: 100.0% <:vspace> RHCT Certification: PASS <:vspace> Congratulations -- you are now certified as a Red Hat Certified Technician! Your RHCT Certificate number is 609003719307501.
The next challenge was,... the RHCE.