CertCities.com published their ranking of the most influential IT certificates for 2006, and the RHCE has jumped out ahead as the #1 IT certificate, pushing aside the Cisco and Microsoft Security certs. Their results are derived from a combination of reader surveys and staff buzz ratings.

CertCities.coms 10 Hottest Certifications for 2006

Next month I will attend the RH300 four day course with one day exam for the second time. How'd I do on my third try? Last October I attended this course and narrowly missed passing the 80% requirement for the six hour performance based exam . This time I've ramped up on my deficiencies and hope to do better. In 2003 I earned the intermediate level of RHCT (Red Hat Certified Technician), which is a three hour hands on exam .

(Update: Mission Accomplished!)

Red Hat Certified Engineer Program
RHCE and RHCT are performance-based tests that measure actual competency on live systems. Other training programs teach students to answer multiple choice questions instead of how to perform on real-world systems. Red Hat training and testing focuses on practical hands-on skills. No wonder Red Hat's RHCE Program has been called the "crown jewel" of Linux certifications. A recent Independent Survey ranked RHCE highest quality training and certification in IT!

RHCE Ranking Over the Years