Journey to RHCA (Red Hat Architect)

jsheed_sa

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I'm officially starting off on this journey today.

I need to tackle 5 specialist exams (certificates of expertise) in a 3 year period (more than likely will end up being one year as the learning subscription is only valid for one year and is $$$) in order to move from RHCE (engineer) to RHCA (architect).

I'll be starting off with:

Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Ansible Automation exam (EX407)

I'm interested in:

Ansible
Puppet
Docker
OpenShift
Performance Tuning
Security and Hardening

It will be interesting to see what I end up picking in the end.

This is just to try and keep myself accountable and possibly document a bit of the process for others.
 
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#2
I'm officially starting off on this journey today.

I need to tackle 5 specialist exams (certificates of expertise) in a 3 year period (more than likely will end up being one year as the learning subscription is only valid for one year and is $$$) in order to move from RHCE (engineer) to RHCA (architect).

I'll be starting off with:

Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Ansible Automation exam (EX407)

I'm interested in:

Ansible
Puppet
Docker
OpenShift
Performance Tuning
Security and Hardening

It will be interesting to see what I end up picking in the end.

This is just to try and keep myself accountable and possibly document a bit of the process for others.
Good luck. You are betting your future on a powerful certification, and a happening product set. Dion.
 

jsheed_sa

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#4
Exam booked - 7th March!
Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Ansible Automation exam (EX407)

Now all I need to do is book the flight + rent a car for the day!

Study progress is going well (albeit slower than expected with work). I'm making use of the official RHEL learning subscription and i'm about 25% doing with the Ansible course work so far.
 

jsheed_sa

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I've forgotten to update this for a while ;)

I wrote the exam in March and failed - mainly because I took on too much in such a short space. New job, bought a new house, house move, renovating and renting old house and the exam...

I got all of that out of the way and rewrote at the end of April and passed.

The exam is fairly straight forward, but as with most RH exams time is of the essence - so if you don't use Ansible as a daily driver then you'll need to practice a bit and come a bit faster!

I'm now considering which RHCA COE exam to do next (4 left to gain the architect designation), if anyone has any input please yell!
 

Rocket-Boy

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I'm officially starting off on this journey today.

I need to tackle 5 specialist exams (certificates of expertise) in a 3 year period (more than likely will end up being one year as the learning subscription is only valid for one year and is $$$) in order to move from RHCE (engineer) to RHCA (architect).

I'll be starting off with:

Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Ansible Automation exam (EX407)

I'm interested in:

Ansible
Puppet
Docker
OpenShift
Performance Tuning
Security and Hardening

It will be interesting to see what I end up picking in the end.

This is just to try and keep myself accountable and possibly document a bit of the process for others.
Please post updates in this thread, its exactly the same direction Im looking at going. Ansible/puppet and docker/kubernetes are of particular interest to me.
 

jsheed_sa

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Please post updates in this thread, its exactly the same direction Im looking at going. Ansible/puppet and docker/kubernetes are of particular interest to me.
Will do - I'm running out of time (due to real life things) so I may not be able to do all the streams I want to. I may need to go for the easier streams just to get the RHCA designation (and the 50% recurring discount as long as you stay valid).
 

Rocket-Boy

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Will do - I'm running out of time (due to real life things) so I may not be able to do all the streams I want to. I may need to go for the easier streams just to get the RHCA designation (and the 50% recurring discount as long as you stay valid).
Yup that discount counts for quite a bit when you consider all the costs involved.
 

jsheed_sa

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#10
A quick update since I haven't posted in AGES!

- I passed the EX220 Hybrid Cloud Management exam today.
- This puts me at 2/5 exams needed for RHCA.
- I'll tackle EX318 Red Hat Certified Specialist in Virtualization next

We also now have a Red Hat Koala Kiosk in CPT (at Torque IT) - so there's not longer a need to fly to JHB to tackle these exams, which is great!

I wrote the EX407 in JHB and the EX220 in CPT - so I've now used both of the SA kiosks.

It's been slow going as I've moved jobs and houses, done building renovations and written an AWS exam in between.

I'm looking to complete the remaining 3 exams by April next year.
 

jsheed_sa

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#14
Somewhat related question,

Did you find the RHCE exam difficult?
The most difficult of all the exams I've written to date. It's not that its super difficult - it's that it covers a ton of material and that you're really really really pressed for time in the exam as a result.

On a side note I'm writing EX318 - RHEV on Thursday.

- That will bring me to 3/5.
- Puppet on the 13th of Dec is 4/5.
- OpenStack on the 23rd of Jan is the last one and brings me to 5/5.

I'm feeling quite tired and run down by this point, but I'm making a big push to finish as my RHLS sub is expiring on the 1st of Feb 2019.
 

jsheed_sa

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I've passed RHEV, so now I'm 3/5 in.

I'm going to end it off with Puppet on the 13th and OpenStack on the 23rd of Jan.

If anyone has any questions yell.
 

SauRoNZA

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Good going dude.

I must go do my RHCA again in the new year after a massive back and forth fight with Torque IT about their exam expiry bullshit.

Then hopefully do RHCE although not hopeful on that one after the training. As you say it covers so many topics and most of them not day to day things so hard to get that down.
 

jsheed_sa

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#17
Failed the EX405 (Puppet). **** happens!

Problem was I rushed it - tried to do it in 2 weeks before Torque IT closed for Christmas (and due to the fact my sub + exam vouchers expire 1 Feb 2019).

I've scheduled my rewrite for the earliest I can - which is the 14th of Jan.

I think it's probably my hardest RHCA exam to date.
 

jsheed_sa

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Update - couldn't write the EX405 exam in Jan as the kiosk bombed out. RH gave me a rewrite as a result, which I wrote today and passed. Only a lone exam (Openstack) remains until RHCA.

It's been a LONG year.
 
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