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Red Hat Certified Engineer

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Program Description

This course prepares students and professionals to sit for the highly valued Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification exam, and for a career as a Red Hat Certified Engineer. This course is designed for IT students and professionals who are users of Linux that want to build skills in Systems Engineering on Red Hat Enterprise Linux to a level where they can set up and configure Red Hat Linux Enterprise servers. Learn hardware and installation requirements; required command lines; controlling security using firewalls; accessing control lists; file permissions; file system maintenance, including logical volumes, storage encryption and partitions; start-up essentials; managing users and groups; and administration tasks.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate.  Students will be prepared to sit for the RHCE certification exam.

Certifying Organization:

Red Hat, Inc.


Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

1 semester (14 - 16 weeks) not including prerequisites

The RHCE certification course is typically an online class which starts in August, January, and June.  Course schedules vary each semester and may be held face-to-face, online or hybrid (a combination of the two).

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED

Students must be highly computer literate, have proficient computer skills, and have access to a computer and the Internet to complete assignments.

Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) certification – students without this requirement must take the prerequisite courses listed below.

Application Process

Provisional Entry - Students must have permission from the Coordinator before registering for this class. Please contact Steve Ricketts, 443-840-4442 or sricketts@ccbcmd.edu.

Program Course Sequence

Excellent attendance is required.

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




PCA 623


PCA 627

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit course DCOM 142

Linux Fundamentals


Linux Essentials; Breshahan & Blum; ISBN 978-1-119-09206-3; $40

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing



PCA 624


PCA 628

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit course DCOM 244

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Systems Administration I


Online materials included in course costs. 

Optional: Red Hat RHCSA/RHCE 7 Certification Guide: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (EX200 and EX300); ISBN 978-0789754059; $50



PCA 625


PCA 629

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit course DCOM 259

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Systems Administrator II



Same as PCA 624



Prerequisite Totals:



$40 - $90



PCA 626


PCA 530

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 260

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Systems Administrator III


Same as PCA 624



Course and Prerequisite Totals:



$40 - $90



Additional Information

Additional Offerings:

Students pursuing certification in RHCE often enroll in the following computer network/security related classes: A+ Certification; Network+ Certification; Security+ Certification; Windows Server Certification; Cisco Certification; Red Hat Certified Administrator Certification; Ethical Hacking & Systems Defense Certification, and VMware Certification.

Additional Expenses:

Red Hat Certified Engineer Certification exam = $400

Skills for Success:​

Successful candidates must be self-motivated and independent learners; detail-oriented; have strong analytical skills; the ability to take direction; the ability to work both independently and as a team member. 
Career Opportunities:​

With certification, students qualify for mid-level positions, and upper level positions with experience, including: Red Hat Certified Engineer; RHCE Linux Administrator; System Engineer; Linux Engineer; Linux Administrator; System Architect; IT Specialist – Systems Administrator; and Technical Support Engineer.  This career requires continued training and education.

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Program Contact Information


Steve Ricketts



Owings Mills, 305E

Administrative Assistant:

Nancy Pittinger



Owings Mills, 302

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