Of all the Certs listed in this article, the annual income benefit for Red Hat certifications is not given. Is it because the financial gain is so low, especially since their training is the most expensive by a long shot! I've taken the Red Hat training from Red Hat and for the cost; their classroom training is NOT designed to give the students a better chance of passing the exam than those who do not take their courses. It is my understanding that very few students pass the exam the first time even after taking the classes. For the amount of money Red Hat charges for their classes, their students should have a much higher success rate in passing the exam the first time, especially after taking RH124 & RH135!
The problem I found with the class was that the instructor was more focused on covering the material in a given time frame, rather than making sure the students understand and gain a working knowledge of the material. For example, several Projects and Criterion Test were skipped over in order to stick to the timetable for covering the material.
Not allowing adequate time to complete the projects during the class and not providing lab time after the 9:00am to 5:00pm class to finish and better understand the projects is the biggest downfall of the Red Hat training. Especially, since students can't go back to their hotel, office or home and create a similar problem on their Red Hat machine to solve. These hands on projects provide some practical experience which students cannot get elsewhere or in a production environment, that is, without bringing down the production system. Thus, these projects are extremely important to the student's success in fully grasping the material, as well as, in passing the exam. If not, then Red Hat should redesign their courses.
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