By Andrew Seymour
Opennet offers would-be Red Hat technicians second chance to pass certification exams
Open source software specialist Opennet has come up with a novel way of ensuring there is enough Linux talent in the market, by giving prospective Red Hat experts who fail to obtain their technician's certification another bite of the cherry for free.
The company - which is the regional master distributor and authorised certified training centre for Red Hat Linux products - is introducing a special summer-long offer combining the Red Hat systems administration course and a Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) exam with the option of re-sitting the RHCT should it not be passed first time.
"The RHCT exam can be quite difficult for students to get through in one attempt and by providing a second opportunity, we give them another opportunity to sit for the exam without incurring the additional expense," explained Khaled El Badri, training manager at Opennet MEA.
The total course runs for five days with four days spent on Red Hat system administration (RH131) and one day on the RHCT exam. Opennet insists the course is ideal for Linux and UNIX users who want to start building skills in systems administration, to a level where they can attach and configure a workstation on an existing network.
"As companies consider both Linux and certification of their IT staff, it is important that they understand the range of benefits associated with employing professionals with demonstrated capabilities," commented David Allinson, general manager at Opennet MEA. "According to recent research, Red Hat certification not only helped companies reduce risk but also increased both system and administrator performance in its network infrastructure."
Openent insists that as regional adoption of Linux increases, demand for skilled technicians will become more pronounced. It claims that maintaining a solid and capable delivery ecosystem is vital for ensuring that enterprises can deploy the most effective tools.