One question I often see is “Should I take the LPIC or RHCSA certs”? I think it is fair to say there is some confusion as to the differences between the two. I will try to explain here.
How is the RHCSA different from LPIC?
The LPIC is multiple-choice and focuses on the commands used in Linux systems. It is not tied to any particular Linux distribution so it is vendor neutral. The RHCSA is based on Red Hat 6.0 only and performance-based meaning you do hands-on lab problems.
So which one should you take to boost your career prospects?
In an ideal world though you will have both! That said, Red Hat exams probably have a slight edge on LPIC when it comes to employability. The performance-based aspect of Red Hat examinations should give employers more confidence that you have the kind of real world skills they need.
LPIC shows you know how to enter commands but doesn’t make you apply them. That said, if you have little real Linux experience (related article) or your command knowledge is rusty you might want to take LPIC first to learn the basics.
What books should I use for the LPIC/RHCSA?
See my book reviews.