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Red Hat Certified System Administrator

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Program Description

This course series prepares students to sit for the RHCSA certification exam, and for a career as a Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA). This course teaches students about the Red Hat Enterprise Linux environment, procedures, processes, commands and tools needed to become a RHEL systems administrator. Students learn the essentials of creating and securing networks and network services, keeping files secure and organized, creating and overseeing users and groups, and how to attach and configure a workstation on an existing network, as well as set up, configure and troubleshoot Red Hat Linux Enterprise servers.

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 RHCSA 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.

This course series starts in August, and January at CCBC Catonsville.  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 computer literate, have strong computer skills, and have access to a computer and the Internet to complete assignments.


A+ background or certification; Windows Server background or Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification. Experienced professionals can contact the Coordinator to request a waiver for the perquisite course.

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 class DCOM 142

Linux Fundamentals


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

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing



Course Series:

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 class DCOM 259

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Systems Administrator II


Same as PCA 624



Course Series Totals:



$40 - $90



Course Series & Prerequisite Totals:


$40 - $90



Additional Information

Additional Offerings:

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

Additional Expenses:

RHCSA 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 RHCSA certification, students qualify for entry-level to mid-level positions that include: Red Hat Certified System Administrator, RHCSA Linux Administrator, IT Specialist-Systems Administrator, Systems Engineer, System Architect and Linux 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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