FREE Certification Exam: SUSE Certified Administrator (SCA) in Enterprise Linux

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SUSE Certified Administrator

SUSE Certified Administrator (SCA) training covers day-to-day administration tasks in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server environments.

SCA provides the foundation for expanded Certification on SUSE Linux Enterprise.

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  • 1 Other certification from any track
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Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose SUSE® Certification

When you choose to become a SUSE® Certified Administrator or SUSE Certified Engineer as part of the SUSE Certification programs, you are joining a community of over 22,000 professionals who understand the value of certification.

  1. Increase your job skills and knowledge.  Certification will help you feel more secure in your job because it offers a meaningful indication of the skill set you bring to your role and the value you bring to your organization.
  2. Prove you’re at the top of your game. By obtaining certification, you are demonstrating your discipline, dedication and ability to keep up with change in the industry.
  3. See the certification value in potential salary growth. With each certification learning path and exam, you increase your value to your employer.
  4. Instantly apply your knowledge.  While you are studying, you can apply that knowledge to your existing position, which will increase on-the-job effectiveness and job satisfaction.
  5. Become your company’s Linux troubleshooter. Your employer will turn to you to troubleshoot problems, knowing that you are less likely to need outside help. By placing confidence in your skills, your employer can minimize downtime and disruption to the company’s business.
  6. Increase your credibility. You have access to the SUSE Certification database and will be able to publish your certification credentials, proving your skills to current and future employers and setting yourself apart from other candidates in the field. 
  7. Be a speed demon and free up your time.  Now that you’re the Linux expert, your troubleshooting will be done quickly and easily, so you’ll have more time to focus on other things, like having fun.
  8. Establish credibility. You will earn the right to display the SUSE Certified logos on your website, business card and other advertising materials, distinguishing yourself from others.
  9. Become the expert. You always knew you were the smartest person in the room; now you can prove it to everyone else.
  10. The green chameleon is so much cooler than a red hat. Enough said.


Experience level: 
Session Time Slot(s): 
Scheduler (Time Slots) 111
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Learning Objectives: 
Exam Information:

This is the same exam as the former Certified Linux Administrator (CLA) 12 exam; if you have a CLA 12, you already have an SCA in Enterprise Linux 12 certification. If you did not receive your SCA in Enterprise Linux certificate, you can request a new one by emailing

  • Exam Type:  Exam is question based; there are 70 questions
  • Exam Length:  You have 90 minutes to complete the exam
  • Exam Scoring:  The passing score is 70%
  • Retake Policy:  If you do not pass the exam, you must wait 72 hours before you can schedule and take the exam again
  • Exam Prep:  There is no official practice exam
Detailed Objectives:
  • Understand the Different Flavors of SUSE Linux
  • Understand the SLE Maintenance Model
  • Install SLES12
  • Understand the GNOME Desktop
  • Understand YaST
  • Understand the Filesytem Hierarchy Standard
  • Get to Know Linux File Types
  • Understand the Shell Environment
  • Use the Most Important Shell Commands
  • Get Help at the Command Line
  • Work with the VIM Text Editor
  • Use OpenSSH for Command Line Remote Administration
  • Understand the SLE12 Boot Process
  • Understand the UEFI Secure Boot and Trusted Execution
  • Configure the GRUB2 Bootloader
  • Understand systemd
  • Manage Processes
  • Work with Background Processes
  • Schedule Processes
  • Manage Users and Groups
  • Change File Permissions
  • Delegate Privileges
  • Manage RPM Packages
  • Manage Software Repositories and Libzypp
  • Understand the Basic Network Commands
  • Configure Network Interfaces
  • Manage Network with Wicked
  • Set up SUSEfirewall2
  • Configure Partitioning (MBR and GPT)
  • Understand Traditional Linux File Systems
  • Understand Btrfs Basics
  • Configure Software RAID
  • Configure Logical Volume Manager (LVM) and Software Raid
  • Configure Time Synchronization
  • Configure System Logging
  • Use Supportconfig
  • Display Hardware Information
  • Manage Drivers
Note: Test objectives are subject to change without notice.
  • Introduction to the SCA exam environment
  • Review of Certification Agreement
  • Proctored examination
  • Review when results will be available
Who Will Gain the Most From This Training?: 

Linux system administrators looking to expand their skill set; Information Systems students looking to expand their knowledge base and hiring potential.

Prerequisites for this Course: 

General Linux administration skills.

Familiarity with the test objectives, or participation in the SCA crash course session.

Dev Environments: 
Linux, MacOS, Windows (testing machines will be provided)
Tutorial Length: 
2.5 Hours
Training Type: