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Rethink Your Virtual Training and Certification Options

This article was an excerpt from a partner blog post, Explore Red Hat’s virtual training and certification options by Jacqueline Sell, read the full post here.

If there’s one thing the past year has taught professionals across the globe, it’s that it is time to rethink how they work. Virtual has become a standard method of working and learning, and its flexibility has made it the new norm.

As software becomes more and more complex, IT teams have to keep up with the increasing demands of their organization. Maintaining high technical proficiency can help ensure success, both individually and organizationally. Therefore, high-quality technical training is imperative for developing the skills necessary to keep up with industry trends and practices.

Whether teams or individuals are expanding on a current skill set or looking to develop an entirely new one, Red Hat Training and Certification can help on any technical professional development journey.

Find the modality that’s right for you

With the wide range of offerings available, practitioners need to understand how they or their team learn best. Red Hat Training has a variety of modalities to suit varying needs and transform skills, even in times where traditional in-person training might not be feasible.

Red Hat’s live, instructor-led virtual training features the same hands-on labs, experienced instructors, and ability to interact with the class offered during in-person training.

Red Hat online learning is a self-paced, browser-based training experience that offers access to course content, labs, and expert webinars — all optimized for self-study. This flexible offering allows busy working professionals to advance their skills and prepare for a hands-on certification exam.

Red Hat Learning Subscription allows learners to complete training virtually from their own device and instantly access the complete catalog of self-paced courses, videos, and labs for those interested in ongoing training and development. In addition, this content is frequently updated to keep pace with evolving Red Hat technologies as well as industry trends.

Validate your skills online

Red Hat Certification has also adapted to a new virtual world by expanding the available ways to test with two additions: remote exams and preliminary exams.

Both exams—accessible online—require sign-ups, work-area preparation, and active monitoring via proctors; the critical difference is the outcome.

Preliminary exams, shortened versions of the certification exams (generally a maximum of one hour in length), cover important knowledge for the given technology but will not validate an entire set of skills nor provide a certification. Instead, consider this a practice round that allows examinees to evaluate skills gaps or areas for improvement before their certification exam.

Remote exams are the online version of in-person classroom and testing center exams, generally lasting between 3 to 4 hours. Passing remote exams confirms the same certifications as the in-person exams.

Achieve real business value

Red Hat-trained IT staff see greater productivity and risk mitigation and reductions in IT infrastructure costs, according to a recent IDC study. For professionals who are in the market for a new role, it’s essential to consider that organizations report a job readiness increase of 76% for new hires who completed Red Hat training before joining. For managers evaluating training options for their team, IDC found that Red Hat Training and Certification provided organizations an average three-year return on investment of 365% and 409%, respectively.

The many pathways to education and certification can be overwhelming, but the Red Hat Training and Certification team is here to help. Explore virtual training and certification options by using Red Hat’s new self-assessment tool, which may help find the ideal training path for any learning style.

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